Shuyi Li

Uppsala, Sweden

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Shuyi Li
Posted almost 2 years ago
GMOs... yes or no? (Genetically modified food)
(my very same comment earlier today was mysteriously deleted, so now I have to post again.) No to GMO. 1. Most of the GMO now in the market are to be planted together with a powerful herbicide like "roundup" etc., that kills all the weeds but leave the GMO intact. But over time, weeds grow resistant to the herbicides and become "superweeds" and thereby require more spraying of the herbicide and leads to intense poisoning of the soil. The same goes for the pest-reisistant GMOs, which lead to "superpests". In this way GMOs can potentially cause serious environmental damage which may not be reversed in short time. 2. Also for the above reason, the claimed high yield of GMOs is only short term. GMO may tackle some problems and out-grow in short term but there is no evidence for their long term robustness as compared to our traditional crops that have stood the test of history. 3. GMOs are patented. GMO farmers no-longer can save seeds but they are required to buy seeds from the company every year. If a non-GMO farmer's field gets contaminated with GMO pollen via wind (happens very easily), they can potentially face lawsuit by the companies and go bankrupt. This can lead to social injustice. 4. Micro RNA of the GMO food can survive the digestive process and go into the blood stream. They can also potentially alter the genetics of the our gut microorganism. How they influence our own genetics and biology is not clear. For more information, the following documentaries are good to watch (available on the internet): "The world according to Monstanto" by Marie-Monique Robin "Seeds of Death" by Gary Null, Richard Polonetsky More info is available online if one is willing to search. Luckily, many states in the US now require the labeling of GMO, thanks to the "Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act". Now for something positive, smart farming design like permaculture is sustainable and has great potential to feed the world with good food! Just search!
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Shuyi Li
Posted about 2 years ago
Sergey Brin: Why Google Glass?
How does it work for someone wearing frame glasses, sunglasses or frame glasses + sunglasses? That would be too many glasses, wouldn't it? Besides, I have same concerns as Andrew C. I already observe a decline in vocabulary and understanding of multi-meaning sentences in the technical generation. The ability of reading non-verbal signals are also declining. Nevertheless we can't blame such declines on technology because choice of activities is up to the individual. One has the freedom to choose whether to enjoy the tranquility of pure nature or to have little window constantly popping up at the corner of the eye. Personally, it could be nice to have such a device to document some experiences occasionally, (nobody wants to look like a pirate or a cyberman all the time) but I wouldn't buy it before they solve the double-glass (or even triple-glass) problem!
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Shuyi Li
Posted about 2 years ago
Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit
Probably her marathon mentality is for long term and the spirits of sprints is for powering short term like everyday performances. Both are important! People need the long term vision to maintain the resilience and short term focusing to make every progress full-speed!
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Shuyi Li
Posted about 2 years ago
Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit
Good questions to ask and think! It is possible that the "Prussian type schooling" as you mentioned teaches grits, but those systems don't encourage students to achieve their own desired future since everything is decided for them. So there is often a mismatch between the training and true interests. The US system seems to help students filter out what they don't want much easier. Then the question is, can teachers help the students find something that they like so much that they will not be frustrated by hard work. Probably training on realizing small but not so trivial goals from the childhood will be beneficial -it teaches them that there is no free lunches, and more importantly, that they can work hard and earn it if they want it so much!
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Shuyi Li
Posted almost 3 years ago
Cynthia Schneider: The surprising spread of Idol TV
It was an interesting talk, but I was also appalled to hear that "losing gracefully" remark. It was totally unnecessary apart from making some people laugh which can be achieved in many other smarter ways. Unfortunately after that remark, I listened through the talk with an impression of her speaking as if she was some sort of superior observer.