Jane Therese Losaria

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How can we make our world a better place to live in for everybody?

if we have come to learn to respect each others beliefs would that be enough?

  • Dec 17 2011: Regarding diversity.

    In and out grouping seems to be a natural psycological method for our species, and while we have plenty of abstract grouping methods, such as religion, polotics, regionalism, etc... seemingly superficial surface differences provide a simple and obvious, some might contend instinctive, motive for otherizing, and thus alienating different races and genders.

    A frightening series of experiments in physiological psycology addressed this early in the last decade. It seems that if you show uninducted individuals a series of photos while measuring thier neural activity, the more visibly different the individual depicted, the more activity in the amygdala, which is deeply connected to fear and stress. Ytou might call it fight/flight central.

    This inspired some serious, and almost fearful questioning. had a biological basis for racism been found? And if this gruesome charachteristic was rooted in our biology, how could we fight it with our society?

    Furthe examinations inspired by these results revealed something interesting. if you knew something about the individual in the photo witth which to contextualize them into a known factor, i.e. : this is Jeff the janitor, Saieed thesecurity guard, Lee the lawyer, etc.. the amygdalic, ( is that a word? ) response was greatly reduced. In fact, the more known the object group the less intinctive fear wes generatred. So rather than a race reflex, the study seems to have indicatd a "stranger stress", the stranger the person in the picture, the more stress was generated in the viewer.

    the common sense solution to racism, genderism, etc.. would then seem to be exposure. The more we know of a group, the less threatened we instinctively feel towards them. So raise your kids in a multicultural environment, expose them to alternate foods, religions, gender traditions and lifestyles in an educational context, and hope they build the right kind of brain.

    best regards.
  • Dec 15 2011: We fight ignorance. Then it will be easier to accept diversity. If everybody knew everybody else and what they stood for, we can start curing social diseases.
  • Dec 11 2011: Respecting each others beliefs is not enough unfortunately. We as humans must weed out the beliefs that are counterproductive to our happiness. While religion may lead people to happiness and give them a good moral compass, it also causes far too much conflict on the planes of logic and other religions themselves. I believe that religion itself is dying out, and once we humans understand our own potential, we ourselves will be very accepting. We will understand that the world doesn't revolve around us, but the bigger picture. It will be a beautiful day when humans learn to accept each other and work together to make an impact on our universe as a whole. :)
    • Dec 15 2011: We don't need to weed out religious beliefs as doing this will actually plunge us deeper into our problems today. The world would be better if everybody would stop thinking of getting rid of people.

      You can't live in harmony with people if you're planning to wipe their beliefs out.

      Believe me. There is no way to stop an idea, especially if it is a religious one that tells you your purpose on earth.
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    Dec 11 2011: Accepting diversity is a step forward and is making our world a better place. You ask whether it's enough or not. Enough to make our world a better place? Yes. Enough to bring the world to its best? I don't think so.
  • Dec 10 2011: Get everyone in the world on TED! :-)