Mark O'Neil

Business student
Nanaimo Bc, Canada

About Mark

Bio

I'm just a regular guy who eats Raisin Bran.

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Mixology

An idea worth spreading

Imagine you worked for a corporation whose whole mission was to do nothing more than to make your community a better place. Your job paid a good salary and if the company operated at a loss you would never be laid off. The owner of this company never receives dividends and never withdraws equity. Instead he takes a salary. Let's pretend that a wonderfully benevolent investor named X incorporates a company called WidgeCo using this model in order to build widgets. Everybody needs a widget because widgets are great and they make your life better. WidgeCo uses life cycle costing so the price of a widget includes the cost of responsibly disposing it. The best part about WidgeCo widgets is that their quality is guaranteed for life. There are profits; some are used for growth while others get reinvested in the community. Whatever is left is kept safe to ensure that employees keep their jobs. Sounds too good to be true?I believe that WidgeCo can be more than just a fantasy.

I'm passionate about

Numbers, financial statements, derivatives, poker, zeppelins and the Social Profit Business Model (my idea worth spreading - the trick is in the capital structure).

Talk to me about

Anything and everything

People don't know I'm good at

Playing guitar and sketching portraits. Mixing cocktails. Playing scrabble. Surviving (my near-death count is up around 8).

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Mark O'Neil
Posted over 1 year ago
How might gaming and crowd-sourcing change the future of science?
Seeing a point from somebody else's perspective and agreeing with it are two entirely different things. Your perspective is that unbridled creativity and ingenuity can only be fostered in a capitalist environment. You've inferred that the efficiency of the rewards distributed by an efficient market serve as the ultimate motivation and that countries that adopt this approach will always have a competitive advantage over other nations. That's me seeing your point. Now here's me not agreeing with it. That has nothing to do with crowd sourcing and gaming changing the future of science. Your point seems to be that you can't correlate games with creativity because Capitalism is better than Socialism. Where I'm from we call that the old switcharoo. I'll happily debate the merits of government regulation with you, specifically in terms of regulating the market, just not in this particular forum.
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Mark O'Neil
Posted over 1 year ago
How might gaming and crowd-sourcing change the future of science?
I see it but I don't agree with it.. Political arguments have no place in this conversation; they piggyback on ideas and suggest causality when perhaps they shouldn't. I hope you'll forgive my brevity but proceeding with any sort of depth could provoke a political debate; such comments would be inappropriate in the context of this forum.
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Mark O'Neil
Posted over 1 year ago
A stepped minimum wage
Practically speaking the most efficient way to subvert the trickle down effect is to kill the person at the top and take his stuff. Not a bad option when the equilibrium wage lowers the standard of living below the care one would receive while incarcerated. Just a thought.
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Mark O'Neil
Posted over 1 year ago
How might gaming and crowd-sourcing change the future of science?
Gaming involves problem solving; it requires you to gauge your opponent and to anticipate their next move. Video games are no different then any other game in that they involve a set of players, a set of moves, and a series of payoffs for each outcome. Every game requires each player to imagine how their opponent will act and in turn imagine how to counter that action with a winning strategy. The advantage to video games over sports or board games is the ability to record and track data. When presented with a problem, individual gamers will take a variety of approaches to try to win the game. If you can record those different approaches across a variety of people you could gain a significant insight into how people solve problems. Furthermore if the object of a game was something noble say 'solving world hunger' or 'getting everyone to drive electric cars' and the rules of the game reflected the realities facing those problems, I imagine that gamers would come up a variety of solutions simply by trying to win the game.
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Mark O'Neil
Posted over 1 year ago
What good is being able to control our dreams?
Both of the dreams came right after a run of final exams. I've often wondered if the hours of studying I put in might have been the cause. My brain had been in overdrive for almost 3 weeks. I've had an experience like the third scenario you've described where I became aware of the dream and then fell back into a non lucid state. I didn't think that counted so I didn't mention it before. I've always had very elaborate and nonsensical dreams. I once had a 4 month stretch of nightmares that got progressively worse until the night they ended; after the first couple of weeks I got used to fighting back and thereafter sleeping became comparable to playing a video game. Sometimes I would win; most times I would lose. Losing was not fun. Back to the matter at hand I don't think it would be beneficial for people to be choose to dream lucidly. In my experience I became a deity in my own mind; none of my decisions had any consequences in the real world. A person repeatedly exposed to that circumstance might be tempted to experiment. You could play murderer or rapist or torturer with no restrictions or restraint. I think that's a slippery slope.
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Mark O'Neil
Posted over 1 year ago
What good is being able to control our dreams?
In a lucid dream you are aware that you are dreaming. I've had two and they were the most remarkable experiences. When I first became aware that I was dreaming the world around me began to fade out of focus. I felt a lack of sensation; only weightlessness as if I was being pulled up and backwards at the same time. I tried to focus on the elements around me and after what felt like a few seconds all sensations from the world around me returned at once. I can remember feeling temperature, smelling the air, and touching objects around me. The only difference from reality was that I had complete control over my environment. In a lucid dream you can fly, control objects with your mind, and make people, objects and places appear and disappear. It's neat. The opposite of a lucid dream then is any dream where you're not aware that you're dreaming.