About Elizaveta

Bio

My inner compass failed to point at my origin.

Languages

English, German, Russian

Areas of Expertise

Service , Communcation, interpretation, Management, Human Resources, Retail

I'm passionate about

Languages, travelling, cultures, social issues, music, literature, art

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Literature, music, art, psychology, society, culture, religion, movies, games, travelling

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Elizaveta Razgon
Posted over 1 year ago
Mikko Hypponen: How the NSA betrayed the world's trust -- time to act
No doubt, what happened with NSA is unacceptable and makes you really angry. And I totally agree with Mr. Hypponen about the danger for not only Americans but also (and probably much more than for Americans) for citizens of the rest of the world. If you ask me how many of software and online services I use every day are American, the answer would be - all of them. Not because I don't have any in my country or other countries, it's just that I'm used to use what I am using, it's good, it's comfortable, it's good functioning and it's right here, where I need it, right now. I mean, I'd love to switch to something domestic, open-source and encrypted, but it will take time to find the alternative, or create it if it's not there yet. And again, even if it is, the alternative will not be the same, it will have other functionality, other interface than I'm used to. So it will take time to get used to the new thing, and I don't want to waste time, I want everything to work right now. And another thing. How many of you, angry frustrated people, stopped using google after you watched this talk? Ok, google might be easy, I'm pretty sure there are local alternative in every country, even here in Russia we have couple of decent search engines. How about facebook? Have you stopped using it? How about Windows? Or Mac OS? Don't get me wrong, I am disturbed by all that is going on, and I value my privacy so much, but I know that nothing is going to change. And until I have nothing terrible to hide, I will continue using the services I'm used to.
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Elizaveta Razgon
Posted over 2 years ago
Should employers not hire you or fire you when they discover your bad credit history?
Actually, I believe that because of your bad credit history they have to hire you and keep you, nothing else! I imagine myself as a employer. I have a CV of a really qualified person for position that I have vacant. With big experience. With recommendation letters. And with bad credit history. I will hire him with no doubts because he is not only qualified and experienced, but also he will work hard and value his job because he has to pay his depts!
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Elizaveta Razgon
Posted over 2 years ago
Human rights and philosophy should be taught in school!
I totally agree with you. Especially concerning human rights. When I was in school, I had a class called "Civil sciense". During this class we were exploring the law of our country. We also touched some part of human rights, but only the surface of it. I believe it's critical to know your rights. Knowing is the first step for changes.
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Elizaveta Razgon
Posted over 2 years ago
Should social media be taught in school?
I don't think that it's a responsibility of school by any means. I think that each person should learn it and decide it by himself. If a man doesn't understand that we live in the era of wide spread social networks and that any person can observe any of his actions in social networks and that his actions can affect his life, then maybe he doesn't deserve to be hired? There is something we can do though. Any social network can create a pop-up upon registration that warns user about possible consequences of his actions. This would be much more reasonable.
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Elizaveta Razgon
Posted over 2 years ago
Do right and wrong exist?
From my personal view, I don't think it's bad to kill in order to live, if it's really unavoidable. I don't even talk about the laws of nature. Say, a man point the gun against your head and states himself clear that he is going to kill you. And you happened to also have a gun. Would you shoot first?
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Elizaveta Razgon
Posted over 2 years ago
Do right and wrong exist?
As for your question about rape, I'll answer without reference to Bible. Rape is wrong because it's an action against free will, health and dignity of a person, because it's illegal action that any sociality recognizes as a crime. Because it's an action against morality.
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Elizaveta Razgon
Posted over 2 years ago
Do right and wrong exist?
Without any references or cross-links, I will try to bring my own point of view. All of us live in society. Besides religious notions of right and wrong, there are social and civil norms, and after all there is a low. Speaking of religion, I can say that it can be source of "right and wrong" concept only individually, but not globally. There are many religions in the world, and we can often see that concept of "right and wrong" in one religion can contradict the concept in other religion. But let's close the subject of religion, my least favorite subject. Concerning the low, I can't say that low is always definite and perfect in "right and wrong" concept. And also I would not say that you can get the idea of "right and wrong" our of low easily. And again, it can't be global source of this concept, as different countries and sometimes even different parts of one country have different low. When we start to talk about social norms, we are coming closer to the essence of subject. But even here we can face contradictions as sometimes what is right and normal for one society is absolutely wrong for another. So, what do we have here, after all? Yes, right and wrong exist. No, global right and wrong, valid for humanity 100%, don't exist. Right and wrong concept is individual case. Individual for each country, state, religious group, social group, for each family and sometimes even for each person. What this concept is growing from? From our surroundings. From the basis of religion. From the idea of low (sometimes this idea is very transparent). From social norms that were explored by personal experience or experience of someone you know very well. From the morality concept that we learned from educational literature and books that we read in our free time, from movies and news. And of course, from family that is very strong source. Each person has his own right and wrong concept. It grows and evaluate as we grow, during all our life.
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Elizaveta Razgon
Posted over 2 years ago
Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers -- make it fun
Concerning the complexity of science for college and higher students I agree, but only until this complexity remains reasonable. Nobody asks scientists talk in infant language with their colleagues, but they can use simplified explanations at least while they are communicating with ordinary people. Another thing is, it takes way more time first to understand (and sometimes even decipher) scientific language and then to memorize the wording, than to understand it from the beginning while it's explained by human language (excuse my irony). With the same result! Concerning diploma and PHD subject, I'll change from abstract to specifics. I will talk about my homeland, which is Russia. Believe me, it's a big luck if a student of college or university just memorize terms, procedures and whole concept of their field of knowledge without understanding. Very often, even in prestigious universities you can just pay to pass the exam. That's how we get incompetent doctors. That's how we get failed lawyers. That's how we get teachers who can't say even two sentences from their own mind, not from the textbook.
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Elizaveta Razgon
Posted over 2 years ago
Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers -- make it fun
Your work is priceless. What teachers, professors and other people involved in scientific community don't understand that now we have a huge problem with level... even not level, with the depth of education. Look at specialists nowadays - they maybe have diploma, but they don't have comprehation in their field of knowledge. And you explained the exact reason, they just memorized everything by heart without getting into the essense of the matter. And the real question is, should science be "sireous", or should it rather be possible to understand.