Joseph Rick

Grand Rapids, MN, United States

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Art, writing, language, creative thinking, human behavior, and just about anything else. I enjoy puzzles, figuring things out, and thinking in general.

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Joseph Rick
Posted over 2 years ago
Games that teach and make you learn new things.
This is absolutely wonderful! I just got done having this exact same conversation with a couple friends of mine. I am an aspiring indie game developer (only a friend and myself right now). I have been tinkering with the concept of a MMO style gaming platform for schools for a few years now. The idea of using gaming and education in conjunction with each other is, in my opinion, the next step for how we can interact with children's education today. The thought that I had was beyond just the local construct of "America's education" but a platform that could unite the entirety of the world into a platform that could work together. I've been a bit of a wallflower here myself, more time spent reading and watching than joining in, but this topic is something that really fascinates me. Some of the the talks that stood out to me for working more along this concept: http://www.ted.com/talks/daphne_bavelier_your_brain_on_video_games.html http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html
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Joseph Rick
Posted over 2 years ago
Our TEDxKhartoum 2013 theme is ""Knowledge Into Action". We are asking how can we put together some scenes or images to visualize our theme?
The first thing that came to mind is 3 images in sequence, an image of a student at his/her desk. There's a book, pencil in hand and a piece of paper and a classical comic thought balloon with the '?' inside it. Next image is a group of people all working on a project together. Lastly and image of this project seen in the world. Could either be an artistic representation, photographs of real life, or a combination of each.
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Joseph Rick
Posted over 2 years ago
Is being romantic to be vulnerable?
First to borrow a line from a book I read recently: "That which yields is not always weak." ~Jacqueline Carey The flat answer would be: Yes, being romantic is to be vulnerable. That being mentioned, I do not believe it would be correct to say that it is a negative. Consider that being romantic (read "love") essentially requires a person to be honest about their emotions in the first place else it would be more akin to lust. To open yourself up, to be honest about your emotions, takes a major risk which does lend to the idea that you can be hurt by the other person. Conversely, if you do not open up or be honest about your emotions then you would hurt yourself. Opening up about your emotions allows growth, learning, understanding, empathy, and a handful of other emotions which will increase your social and emotional growth. The pains that are caused from break-ups, divorces, infidelity, and all the other endings to a relationship eventually give the same results. If a person chooses not to take those risks it would not be far fetched to say that their emotional and social growth would become stunted.