Richard Chavarriaga

Miami, FL, United States

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I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. I graduated from FIU with a B.A. in Psychology and I am passionate about philosophy and education.

I love breaking down large abstract concepts into manageable pieces for others. I share a sense of accomplishment when a person finally gets a concept that they have been struggling with. Yet, our relationship with knowledge should not end there. I ask myself; what are the consequences of the emergence of this new information or idea, how will it affect it's intended field, how might it affect other fields and finally what might the world look like when this information or idea is so common place that we take for granted it's contributions.

But what about old ideas...Why was the current idea implemented in the first place, is it still a valid solution, is it even still the same problem, is there a better solution, can the current idea be improved or should it be replaced altogether, and if so with what, and finally can the old idea provide an effective solution for a new or different problem?

Truly, tackling these kinds of problems bring me the most happiness, even if they are just hypothetical. Still I would love the opportunity to implement these skills where they could do the most good, in the work force.

I take pleasure in bringing together seemingly unrelated pieces of information to create something new. I take pleasure in tackling problems from a logical standpoint and always take into consideration morality and ethics in the process. I love transforming knowledge from something we just comprehend into a formidable tool that that can be used at ones discretion in everyday life. That is, after all, the point of learning. Isn't it?

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English, Spanish

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Philosophy, the power of collaboration, erasing the line between education and entertainment, green technology, psychology, graphic novels and art

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Richard Chavarriaga
Posted about 2 years ago
What if we could put information or skills right in to the human body? Sort of Matrix style, that is my goal.
Consider the cost and the distribution. How much might each "brain book" cost. Note if you chose to sell this product then wouldn't the rich get smarter and the poor...not so much; imagine what that would do to society. I'm sure you imagine your technology as being available to every one but what system are you putting in place to ensure that happens? What if someone for whatever reason does not want to learn would you still make their education mandatory, this metaphor might not hold up but isn't that a little like brain washing? What happens to a person if something goes wrong in the upload? What about misinformation?
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Richard Chavarriaga
Posted about 2 years ago
Food By Effect
Hey Mary, thanks for the response. I am happy to discover my first commenter lives around the corner, so to speak. I have to agree if your gonna try the 'chocolate trick' you should probably start 2 weeks before the test and yes, the teacher should include him or herself in that process.
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Richard Chavarriaga
Posted about 2 years ago
Why are we so afraid of being wrong, even when faced with facts?
I would argue that the fear of being wrong is no different than the fear of loss. We invest time, money and effort acting in accordance with our own world view, (whatever it may be, whether it is rational or not) and when someone confronts us with the idea that we may be wrong, we have in fact been confronted with the idea that we have wasted time, money, effort etc. The more we have invested, the more we have to lose; the more we have to lose the greater the fear. I would argue that we act rationally in the defend of those false beliefs because we are acting in our best interest. Ironic, no? Once the fear sets in, it becomes fight or flight. Perhaps flight may be expressed as the denial of an idea's existence and fight may be expressed as blatant opposition against an idea. If we choose to fight it becomes the more we have invested the less likely we are to yield.