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Mark Hurych

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During the coming decades, in what ways do you anticipate that our humanity’s hopes will win out over our fears?

Please think of our audience as the 3rd millennium generation, plus future generations. What legitimate hopes for our humanity’s future can we offer children and pregnant women in 2013? How shall we act on our hope for the future?
Take the challenge to be positive, empathic, and good. Site references. Be your helpful best.

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    Jan 12 2013: One's man dream is another's nightmare...

    The best we can hope for is a future which will be better equipped to be informed and be able to filter through piles of useless information...
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      Jan 12 2013: Hmm. ...best we can hope for... ...dream vs nightmare... ...filter...

      Unless...
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      Jan 12 2013: According to the anticipation model in Tali Sharot's theory on optimism bias, we maintain our best performance and happiness when we have an optimistic (one with hope) bias. We tend to make objective reality turn out well since we want so badly for it to fit the subjective positive outcome we are expecting.

      My dream for the future is that all humans reach a healthy, safe, and interesting lifestyle for themselves and their children in this century. Is that somehow your nightmare?

      I am not able to filter the increasing useless stuff very well even when I can tell the difference, but I consider this a software problem, not a personality problem. So my response is to ask software developers to tackle this issue head on. For example, if we had an algorithm that would search the meaningful context of web pages instead of just word proximity and word count, then we would be taking a huge step in the right direction.

      Finally, if you are a parent (i. e. human family mentor) like me, it might be a good idea for us to infect our offspring with the viral meme of objective optimism. Note the chocolate and rain boots in Sara Kay's poem "Point B."

      http://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_kay_if_i_should_have_a_daughter.html

      http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/11377.Sarah_Kay
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        Jan 13 2013: The optimism bias is vastly interesting...

        Roughly "anticipation of decisions/thoughts which are more pleasant in rationalization (of the future/moment)"

        No, your dream is not my nightmare... That's not what I meant. However, the details of your dream may be a nightmare to another.

        How do you picture religion? government? public education?

        Depending on your answers, we can begin to see where disputes can manifest. Let's say for example you are in favor of Ayn Rand's objectivism... Well, with the current practice of corporate capitalism.. No matter how you approach the topic at hand, those who hear capitalism will automatically be turned off.

        Your optimism of the future... in a sense. Can do more harm than good without careful attention to detail.. Consider donating to poor region of a third world country.. Give them clothes and food, nice right? Well, what about the farmers, markets and traders? They suffer, because their ability to compete in this capitalistic world is crippled. With good intentions, do not allows follow good results.

        My point of the original post is we need to practice the platinum rule to be worldly people. And establish education values which are able to filter through the infinite amounts of information that is created daily...

        Optimism education (teaching others to be positivist) is not innately bad, but if there is anything cognitive bias theory has taught me (like the one you noted), it is that humans are more often irrational naturally than not. It takes metacognition to a high degree of meditation and a desire to learn, in order to be better equipped to be objective.

        A phantom theme here is... If money doesn't get made, development doesn't get pushed as heavily. Where is the profit from creating an algorithm which dictates context of webpages? In fact, that would objectively make a lot of companies lose money.

        Reality... Is not a positive thing. We should not hope for the best, we should make the best.

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