Michael O

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Michael O
Posted over 2 years ago
What are the challenges that gifted and creative individuals face at present?
Basically, an outlet to express our thoughts in a way that people can value them and to be part of a community of like-minded (brilliant-minded) individuals. Society is like a jail to me: I want to break free, but I am shackled to it because I am too young and with no opportunities at hand. I don't think anyone will bail me out; I just hope that time will liberate me from my sufferings. I want to grow up. (Ranting is rather cathartic)
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Michael O
Posted over 2 years ago
What are the biggest emerging trends around the world that we should be aware of?
One of the biggest trends that had surfaced is the exponentially expanding mobile phone usage across the world. Well, it provides extensive opportunities for anyone to leverage on. It can be for profit, for spreading a cause, or to encourage impoverished communities to hop onto the trend line to reap the benefits of this vast expansion. Well this might be the biggest emerging trend in current times.
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Michael O
Posted over 2 years ago
Should decisions in a group be based on Majority Rule ?
Well in an election, there is a period of time whereby reasoning can come in play. An electoral decision basically hinges on social interplay between the groups of the election race. Among the groups, the act of convincing a neutral citizen or a decided citizen to vote can be willfully done by a member of the political group or a decided citizen. An individual from the minority is given the liberty (in a unrestrained country) to convince another individual why they should choose the minority's choice instead. The result of the election is thus an indication of who is more valued highly in the country. That means, the social gain of the majority outweighs the social gain of the minority. So in most cases, in an unrestrained decision-making community, the ability to convert someone's decision with reason is inherently given. Therefore, in an electoral or voting form of decision-making, both the counting (the mere descriptive act of accumulating votes) and the basing on like and dislike (the political chaos before the voting process) are part of the whole decision-making process. And (If you are wondering why Majority Rule is used in favour of, maybe, proportional representation in an election) it is expected that only one political party claims the sovereignty of the country. I believe that besides Majority Rule, there is only proportional representation as an alternate election method. Currently, it is rare to see countries practice proportional representation, for it is disastrous to political stability. So, there is no other choice but to stick Majority Rule for it is the least devastation-producing method to decide who rules.
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Michael O
Posted over 2 years ago
Should decisions in a group be based on Majority Rule ?
I dont think the rule is that simple. Rather, there is a set of rules that govern such a decision-making process. THe first rule is what you define as the Majority Rule. But in a rationale society ( Lets not include people who don't think before making decisions), everyone is given an unrestrained choice to explain why he decided against the majority. To illustrate with the pizza scenario, if the majority of the group decides to eat chicken while only one individual prefers beef, the individual could have reasoned out his decision. Then, the ultimate decision hinges on the magnitude of the reason. Theoretically, if the magnitude of the reason outweighs the social gain of the chicken majority, in the case of religious prohibition to chicken (just a assumption), then the majority might choose to conform to the decision of the minority. If otherwise, that means that the reason is unconvincing, then the minority would have no choice but to conform. However, the minority could also have the liberty to not stick to the majority's decision, if let's say he has the money to purchase his own pizza and he absolutely despises eating chicken pizza even though his reason is unconvincing. Or, chicken pizza could be a decision of lower priority in the minority's list of decision. So even if chicken pizza is selected for all, it may not mean that the minority loses out. So, there are so many mechanisms that are in play when deciding on something. In summary, it actually isnt rules that determine decisions. Rather, it is conditions that are in play. In general, the conditions would probably be: magnitude of reason for one's choice, degree of autonomy to choose and hence a derived level of conformity, and whether or not the minority has an evaluated value gain/loss by conforming to the decision of the majority.
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Michael O
Posted over 2 years ago
Which is the more powerful in solving the world's biggest problems - Doubt or Certainty?
Well I cant give you an exact answer to such a question. The only way to prevent zoning out is to constantly keep track of where your heading to. In some cases, the answer is concealed in the question itself. That means to say, if you dissect the question to its roots, the answer will naturally manifest itself. It hinges on the fact that the answer already lies deep in your mind, and the extraction works in the form of probing the question serves to clear the air. The answer is already in our possession simply because the answer can either be retrieved from experience, or sourced by methods we know of. However, there are certain cases in which the answer, no matter how analytic you are, will not surface. This answers are mainly predictions of the future, and postulates of uncertainties, for instance, death. That means to say, no matter how many facts you accumulate, you would not be able to amass hundred percent certainty to the answer you seek for. Thus, getting lost in detail is irrelevant to the seeking of an answer. Getting lost simply means that you are not focused, and I am pretty sure that is that.
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Michael O
Posted over 2 years ago
Which is the more powerful in solving the world's biggest problems - Doubt or Certainty?
Whenever I encounter a problem, what I do is to manifest the key branches to the solution first, before working in-depth on each individual branch, analyzing the branch the the minutest of detail. After doing so, more often than not the picture becomes clearer and the answer gradually appears in the mind. In any case, it is better to approach a problem with doubt because doubt translates to questions, and questions beget answers, for which will form the puzzle-pieces to the solution.
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Michael O
Posted over 2 years ago
How can we learn from reading more efficiently?
I am interested by your claim that when reading speed increases, comprehension increases. Can you tell me how that cause-and-effect works? Right now, I am struggling to increase my reading efficiency simply because I often spend a significant amount of time mulling on the contents of a specific section of a book. As a consequence, the book can only be finished after weeks. (The book is pretty content-intensive) As such, I would like my logic gaps to be clarified, that is, how reading fast affect comprehension. Or if you can link me any of the studies you read, I would be grateful too.