Xavier Belvemont

Doncaster, United Kingdom

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Xavier Belvemont
Posted over 3 years ago
Rather than donating clothing to American charities, let's create a charity that gives it directly to the worlds poorest.
. Just make sure that the you're not inavertantly destroying the clothing market in the country you're sending them to. Severel regions in Africa had the beginning stages of flourishing clothing markets, but the introduction to free clothes near enough eliminated it. You'd be surprised how many charities actually do more harm than good due to a lack foresight.
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Xavier Belvemont
Posted over 3 years ago
TED in HD is video worth watching
Just out of interest let's make this into a poll and see if we can form a viewer consensus on the matter. Perhaps it would provide a more definitive answer and receive more feedback (due to the lack of foreseeable comments people could make without repeating one another) ********** Thumbs up this comment if you don't particularly care about an HD version of TED videos. Thumbs up the original poster of this thread if you do. **********
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Xavier Belvemont
Posted over 3 years ago
Do you think alcohol can be healthy?
. Dieticians and nutritionalists say alot of things... (Previous Biologist speaking here). Just do what you think is right , keep your foods somewhat varied and in moderation, try and throw in a few vegetables, fruits and glasses of water from time to time and keep relatively active when possible, both physically and mentally. Apart from in particular cases (and judging by your picture you're not one of them) the ideas presented on the subject of diets etc etc is more or less nonsense with no observable benefits. It usually contradicts itself after a set period of time and I see no legitimate reason to take any notice. That being said, It won't hurt to follow such ideas put forth by these groups (besides your bank account), but it won't do anything that you'll ever notice, unless you can convince yourself otherwise (but still doesn't do anything).
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Xavier Belvemont
Posted over 3 years ago
What are we teaching our children?
The central theme we're teaching our children (atleast in modern UK society) is that living the life of 'know nothing, be nothing, do nothing, care free, don't worry about tomorrow' is the best way to live, and to be honest, who could be surprised. English society has outright demonstrated (mainly though the employment and the welfare system) that such a lifestyle is often superior to those who try, educate themselves and strive for a better way of life. -With an economy almost entirely limited to low-standard jobs that specifically target those without skills or ambition (those who wont quickly leave for better things).. -A welfare system that, for many, is a vastly better alternative to working from all conceivable angles. -A financial system where you can live like a king for a decade, only to lose your worn out possessions, write off almost all of your debt and then rebuild your credit to do it all again.. -An educational system that forces many students into life-long debt (money well spent when no work that correlates to the qualifications is available and re-read point 1) So, whats to teach? We have a society that inherently generates an idiocracy and where the arguments in-favor of being anything else is vastly outweighed. For shame, society!, for shame!
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Xavier Belvemont
Posted over 3 years ago
Is E-Learning competitive enough if compared to Class Room learning?
It worked well for a number of my studies. I could begin, end and take my exams whenever I wanted and the cost was less than 10% of traditional education, yet I still received valid certificates that were just as viable as any certificate in any college/university and school. It may not be exactly on topic, but such positives can significantly outweigh the disadvantages for a number of subjects.
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Xavier Belvemont
Posted over 3 years ago
Can computer games be designed to deliver education in an effective manner?
Educational computer games have a long history of failing, because its awfully hard to make a game thats both educational and interesting. Typically the basis of History and Geography often play significant roles in pc strategy games and since the mid 90's we've had games typing games (shoot bullets at zombies by typing the word on screen) that weren't the worst, but how 'educational' these games could really be is questionable. So unless you're counting sudoku, brain training and crosswords, I can't think of an educational game that could work.
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Xavier Belvemont
Posted over 3 years ago
How do you think school work is effecting teens?
I'm more concerned with the outcome from the current educational system than anything else. Here in England we have an excessively large number of individuals who leave with no qualifications, no abilities, no skills and the idea that education is not worth pursuing. An incredibly poor educational system that is based on potential exam questions (rather than vice versa) plays a significant role in causing this. It actually gets worse for many of those who do succeed especially in an economy like this, where most of the skills and qualifications you CAN manage to gain have to little/no relevence to any available work, so you typically have to compete for work with those who never bothered in the first place and are sometimes LESS likely to get it as most companies prefer to hire people who won't leave for better things. What a world we live in.