Brian Flick

Cayce, SC, United States

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Brian Flick
Posted about 3 years ago
What IF planet earth was just : One color, one race, one nation, one religion, one language ?
I think what Peter meant is,if you are watching a TV show, with someone, you would like to keep watching , so your eyes tell the person you'd like them to answer the phone instead of you, but their eyes tell you the same thing. Same with the crying baby there are 2 of you and no one really wants to get up and help the baby so each of your eyes has the look of "Mamihlapinatapai". (Maybe I did not understand the "can't have your cake and eat it too" reference). Your question makes me think of a book I read and really liked in elementary school. Its called "The Giver", and its about a world that is color-blind. There is one person called the Giver who has the knowledge of "colors" and he ends up mentoring this child who SPOILER ALERT... gives the knowledge of color to the whole world. The concept is similar because people who see everything rationally do not always get why things are so beautiful in the world.... you might need to read the book to understand what I'm getting at, but it has stuck with me for 10+ years. Empathy is definitely lacking here on Earth but I would like to believe the situation is improving. "Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, uses that something to support their own existence." -Frank Zappa
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Brian Flick
Posted about 3 years ago
What are 5 things you have learned that has completely changed your life?
As to the comment about "appreciative inquiry" I find that figuring out why something doesn't work can be as helpful, if not more so that finding out what does work. Although knowing what works is important, it often helps if you know why it works ie. what can go wrong. So when in doubt about why something is the way it is... ask for an example of what can happen to make the principle flip. BTW I answered your question thinking about mathematics, and what helps me learn, but just like Occam's razor states the simplest solution is usually the best (not always true in math). Keep asking questions and keep making RVA proud by bettering yourself! "One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people's minds." -Frank Zappa
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Brian Flick
Posted about 3 years ago
The idea I'm proposing is a unified global community; The people we've globally accepted as "The smartest" all proposed it, why not us.
Bravo. I was just thinking about this topic! Although Marco has a good point, but I don't think competition would be erased if there were a unified society. When I do think about this topic, it is hard to imagine the ideals that could be shared by everyone, in order to organize a group of people worldwide. Religion comes to mind, which is not always a good thing considering the things that have been done by these groups to convert people to their way of thinking. But, you make an excellent point; if we were to move into space there would have to be a collective society. Just because competition (between countries) got us where we are today, doesn't mean that where we are today is the best of all possible worlds. I won't get into why I think that it is the best of all possible situations. But nonetheless there would actually be more competition between individuals if there were a shared worldview, and more collaboration on important projects. Therefore, we would live in a better place if there were more individuals who wanted to make a difference in the world. And about the argument that a single government is highly corruptible... That may be true, but there is a way to counteract that built into the idea that no government is more important than the global good. If there were no reason for governments compete, there would be a forced acceptance of a policy of general transparency. No reason to suppress information about politicians or what is being done. If capitalism prevailed there would be more money in the budget to advance society. Education and Healthcare would benefit immensely, and eventually the population would boom to a point where we would have no choice but to move to space. Even if we somehow managed to cut down on our non-renewable resource intake, it would require a lot more of them, then we already have. Competition for resources is an issue that has caused many wars and smaller scale fights. "THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS"
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Brian Flick
Posted about 3 years ago
How many books have you read this year?
In too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabl. Great book! Quick read too. I really like books like this that are based on philosophy, but I find that its better to have a hard copy, because it is too easy to forget about books I download onto my computer. I end up re-reading books a lot even though I have access to new ones, just because I find myself wondering if there was more to the idea explored in a book than I remember it being about. (Takes place in Soviet Union Czechoslovakia. Prague I believe. There's also discussion at length of gypsy's, and apparitions of Jesus and Lao Tzu, that I enjoyed). & The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. This book was suggested to me by my history teacher, and I always figured he wrote it and authored it under a pseudonym. Great book about Ricci's Jesuit method for memorization techniques. Its more of the story of what he did in China when he went there in the 15th Century, in order to be a missionary. He taught himself Chinese with the memory palace method and tried to teach the method to the Chinese, but it was not well received. He converted several Chinese people to Christians (Jesuits), and made many friends in the aristocracy of whatever dynasty was in charge of China at the time. (By John D. Spencer. Takes place in Ming China).
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Brian Flick
Posted about 3 years ago
Why infants can not inherit knowledge from their parents ?
I like robot's and I wouldn't mind being cybernetic, so long as I was not pre-programmed by anyone else. If we could personally accept or reject the information wouldn't that be sort of like it is now, but without memory lapses, or lapses in judgement, or even forget what you are saying? Individuality may not be over-rated, but mistakes most definitely are not.
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Brian Flick
Posted about 3 years ago
Why infants can not inherit knowledge from their parents ?
If humans were born with all of the knowledge that their parent's had gained the world would definitely suffer from it. Just think, if people were born with the knowledge necessary to get along in the world. What would give them the incentive to improve their knowledge base? The concept that we don't already know everything is essential to why people strive for knowledge. If you were born with all of the knowledge of your parents, the potential for slipping backward of society is reduced, but the potential for advancement is also reduced. If you aren't told that "knowledge is power" and that you need to learn in order to make improvements in your life (which you can eventually communicate for the good of others), there is no way to explore the unfamiliar. People have a right to form an opinion on all subjects, not necessarily based on their parent's opinion. Now, it is tough to make the argument for "human rights" if this were supposedly the nature of our race. But the fact that curiosity drives our quest for knowledge is paramount. If, somehow, the quest for knowledge were not deterred by the inheritance of knowledge, we would still face major problems in scientific discovery. Wouldn't this hinder people's ability to think differently, to question what we think we know? Education exists to make people think critically about situations. Besides, parent's are not always the people in our lives whose idea's we want to accept unquestioningly. There is built in room for improvement in the human race, and our curiosity is what drives this upward momentum. The people whose parent's were not perfect role models would spiral down and ultimately fail to achieve the ultimate goal, which is not the attainment of truth, but the unending search for it. I can't really explain any further, but does anyone else see why children who gained their parent's knowledge would be at a disadvantage, because "no one is perfect?" This is all just one man's humble opinion.