Alwin Sherben

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Alwin Sherben
Posted about 1 year ago
Does the Common Core Stifle Creativity in Today's Classrooms?
I see your point however empirical information or not there is no denying that recent evolutions in our technology have changed the value of memoriezed information and put an emphasis on creativity as the only human caracteristic that still sets us above information machines, for now. In a world where I can carry the internet in my pocket, soon in my glasses, what our education must bring is a very different set of skills. Fact is we live in extreme times, and this "fad" might stick for longer than you would think if you base your self on your knoledge of the past alone.
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Alwin Sherben
Posted over 1 year ago
Must government rest upon violence? If so, what are the implications?
I see, no surprise, anti-something activists very often seem to shout louder. So I guess there are no traces of relatively large non-violent cultures (based on your current "top" comment ... yet ... that makes sense. Maybe our minds are slowly evolving away from the hunter gatherer way of life as our capacity to abstract is push forwards by technology (a rufutable point mostly based on rising IQs and use of virtual spaces) but that said most violent behaviour is governed by the "center of the brain" or "animal brain" so it is really "rooted" in our nervous system (endocrine and motor) (sorry for all these blurry termes). Shame, I was hoping a non-violent society had been done at least once (one a little more potentiel than the amish for example).
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Alwin Sherben
Posted over 1 year ago
Does a higher level of education increase happiness?
Prehaps any sense of accomplishment relative to others provides psychological benefits, one has always been rewarded for being a "good hunter" (ie a successful individual of a society) but there is also the presure to peform as expected. In the particular case of education, your reality is forged by your mind, and anything that will enhance it will enhance your experience of reality, so yes, you maybe more happy more easiely with some higher education, maybe it will make you more creative, you will see new possibilities, you may also see sad things where others do not.
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Alwin Sherben
Posted over 1 year ago
Must government rest upon violence? If so, what are the implications?
Yes it would seem that all observable powers today require a near monopoly of violence. This is prehaps du greatly to the underlying général lack of understanding of our own animal impulses (IE anger, jelousy, repulsion). Also our background philosophies/ religions are composed of conditional violence allowing moralities that define our interactions on small scale and wich places violence as a behavioural regulator. Therefore it is nutural that our governement being our main actif social regulator should be in relative control of violence. However we might remember that in old tibetain society the background religion/philosophie (IE bouddhism) excluded violence and there was a général culture of understanding ones own emotions wich allowed them to live in total abscence of violence (or at least this is what I have been lead to understand). There was no army, no police, nothing to prepare them for the psychological shock of china's invasion. So it is maybe possible to govern without violence if a totally non violent culture is already in place, maybe in time, who knows? ....