simon gramstrup

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simon gramstrup
Posted about 2 months ago
Keith Chen: Could your language affect your ability to save money?
Linguistics is not my area of expertise, so just 3 thoughts: It's afaik very rare - if ever - in natural dynamic systems that two close systems (here, language/thought process) does not influence each other. I saw a documentary where a tribe (somewhere) spoke of past/now/future as curves/valleys in a landscape. I would assume that speaking of -tense in a 2d/3d framework results in a different thought process. http://blog.ted.com/2013/02/19/5-examples-of-how-the-languages-we-speak-can-affect-the-way-we-think/ Speaking purely as a layman, the hypothesis sounds fair..
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simon gramstrup
Posted 10 months ago
Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism
Good hearted man. Unfortunately, he completely misses the cause of poverty. We could easily take care of all people on earth - competitive capitalism is the direct cause of poverty / most human suffering, and should be abolished as fast as possible. Go after the root cause instead of the symptoms - we would save/help everyone a million times faster.
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simon gramstrup
Posted 12 months ago
Robert Gordon: The death of innovation, the end of growth
Taken from another post on the argument 'that growth is under attack' but useful here: ------ 1. Technological growth. This is the big driver of the shift from centralized to distributed personal production and service. Everything is getting smaller, cheaper and better, and automated systems seems inevitable. 3d printing, 'tri-corders', robotic drivers etc all work against jobs, and it now seems clear that the job-creation process works slower than the job-'deletion' process of technology/mechanization. 2. The internet has opened up a unique possibility to share and collaborate, and people are utilizing this beyond what is legal. Free information, ideas etc are flourishing and cant really be stopped. Apps and services are abundant, and as such difficult to profit on. 3. alternative valuesystems. Bitcoins, community money, circular consumption, self-reliance, Open-Source/everything and others will continue to chip away on the flow of cash that is needed by the current debt-model. ----- There are lots of new invention on the rise, but the economic environment - production, service and information - seems to be shifting towards distributed and free. I think you should be lucky to keep a 0.8% growth.
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simon gramstrup
Posted about 1 year ago
David Anderson: Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals
Hi Syed. I'm not sure exactly what you are arguing for.. "Science draws simple E= mc 2 like equations in everything" No, humans have a tendency to seek a common cause. Science - or better yet: The scientific methods are a list of 'currently best' rules to avoid our biases and arrive at the most likely result. These rules improves/evolve over time, as we get better at it. Dont let the word 'Science' get emotional like 'Communist' or 'Capitalist' etc. "..hence, treats Monkies at par with the humans" ? the further back in evolutionary terms we go, the more basic behavioral similarities exist, and while you cant just explain all our complex behavior from flies or primates, you certainly can see direct links from their 'primitive' inner workings. Are you suggesting changes to the scientific methods ?
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simon gramstrup
Posted about 1 year ago
Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong
This guy is surely a good hearted guy with a good purpose, and I really don't wan't to put him down. He starts by talking about the problems for non-profit charity in the current system. Sounds reasonable.. Then he almost hints at a potential cause of the problems - greed/capitalism, but end up promoting a 'business-model' for charity. Dear Dan. You are not addressing the real problem. The current system produces more people in need a second, than you can help in your lifetime. Your heart is in the right place, but you are trying to remedy a never-ending problem. First we take, then we give some back, then we take what was given. We should not have to help people in need, we should prevent people becoming in need.
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simon gramstrup
Posted about 1 year ago
Colin Powell: Kids need structure
No. That's an antiquated point of view. Chaos dictates randomness, and leadership is a skill that nearly anyone can learn. But you miss the point. It doesn't matter what skills/how talented Colin is in other areas, when he has no more knowledge of what peoples needs are, than a random stranger from the street/youtube. He is there ONLY because he's a random celebrity, and NOT because he knows anything about what people needs. Unfortunately TED has a tendency/need to include celeb-talks in their shows, regardless of their actual knowledge or how narrow minded their pov are. Celebrities -> OUT, Researchers/visionaries -> IN!
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simon gramstrup
Posted about 1 year ago
Colin Powell: Kids need structure
The world is full of brilliant and knowledgeable people, but TEDxMidAtlantic takes a random celeb and let him talk about an area where he has no expert knowledge, no data nor research, and gives him time to spread his random experience. This talk is absolutely worthless, and cannot be used for any decision-making/serious debate in that area. Please turn the mike over to someone who research what kids/adolescent needs.
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simon gramstrup
Posted over 1 year ago
Jeff Smith: Lessons in business ... from prison
Just an outside perspective. Business is a war - Your on your own, everybody fight against everybody else using every trick in the book to manipulate their 'customers'. Seems to me that you dont want to nurture that kind of behavior. How about teaching them how to cooperate/help each other / other?