Yuriy Vernikovskyy

Guelph, On, Canada

About Yuriy

Languages

English, Russian, Ukrainian

Areas of Expertise

psychology - clinical, cognitive, social

Comments & conversations

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Yuriy Vernikovskyy
Posted over 4 years ago
With the Baby Boom era drawing to the senior part of it's lifespan is it a burden or an opportunity?
As much as I appreciate the technological and societal benefits that baby boomers generated for the world, I think in the end of it all, it would be a burden for younger generation for two reasons. Firstly, environmental, as baby boomers leaving the world for future generation in the worse state that they received it themselves. Secondly, baby boomers stole the future wealth from us, they ruined our economic prospects. Let me explain, while kudos to old folks for extending their lives to 75+, all those health bills would be forced onto smaller population of their children. Basically, I would be working a chunk of my life to pay health bills of my parents/other baby boomers? Is that fair? Me and my university friends don't think so. Another example, is my university where with every year the pension contributions are getting bigger and bigger for retired faculty. Guess whose paying for it? Us, students. Oh, and by the way, if our dear unionized workers don't get their 3% raise, they go on strike for the whole semester. It just seems that baby boomers got an easy ride for their lives, and they just don't want to give up their lifestyles and just make future generations to pay for them. In the end of it all, I think that there can be a compromise between two generations which would involve pensions reductions of baby boomers, and younger generation subsidizing the rest.
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Yuriy Vernikovskyy
Posted over 4 years ago
What is the best age to start a child in school?
While some children may benefit from going to school early, majority simply won't as they are simply not fully developed. Kids tend to go through certain developmental stages which are found universally in all humans. Thought the timing varies depending in which culture you live. In sum, I think it is better to send the child to school at 6 or seven, just like everyone else, and beforehand concentrate on a relationship with a child, to make sure it's warm, secure and authoritative. Just my two cents.
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Yuriy Vernikovskyy
Posted over 4 years ago
Gas prices are predicted to be $5 by summertime, will these prices hurt the economy even more?
According to some economists, such as Jeff Rubin, every major recession was caused by an oil shock. The 2008 financial crisis, is no different in his view. His argument is supported by the fact that recession begun late in 2007 in several countries before the US dipped into recession. Thus, high oil prices were the cause of the crisis, and the housing melt down was only a symptom. So to get back to your question, yes, rising oil prices, if prolonged, will definitely cause damage to economy. For instance, think about all the goods that are being moved from China to US, all the flowers from Kenya that are flown by airplanes to Europe, as you mentioned traveling, and most importantly food which is derivative of oil. Oil goes up, the costs for the listed above goes up, people have less income to spend, and voila, recession!
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Yuriy Vernikovskyy
Posted over 4 years ago
Why we still don't use water to run our engines?
water is not a source of energy. Hydrogen is. There is no abundant hydrogen available on our planet, the only way to get sufficient amount of hydrogen would be to use electricity to break the H2O molecule to get hydrogen. From extracted hydrogen, as a result, you will receive less energy in return as to the amount that you spent in creating hydrogen. In sum, you end up loosing more energy (using electricity), than getting in return.
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Yuriy Vernikovskyy
Posted over 4 years ago
We spend 3 billion hours a week as a planet playing videogames. Is it worth it? How could it be MORE worth it?
So: How do we know when we're playing a good game -- and when would we be better off doing something "real"? If I play games out of boredom, in a routine, consequently for many hours, than I should be doing something in real world instead, as otherwise playing video games is a waste of time. A good game, is when I play with my girlfriend in one team or when I play with friends who are at other cities. I find that playing video games with my girlfriend is rewarding because we learn how to communicate more effectively. Apparently I micro manage her a lot, so we had to work that out. Secondly, lots of my friends live in different cities, and the way we stay in touch is by playing games together. Modern games such as Starcraft II have social network and chat integrated so its easy to keep in touch with friends and do something together like play a game. GAMERS: What's one thing you wish non-gamers would understand about your favorite games, and what you get out of playing them? I think that Non-Gamers tend to attach stigma to gamers, such as having no life and no social skills. While it is true of some gamers, but majority of gamers are not like that. Majority of my friends who are gamers are executive members of different university clubs, participate in politics as well as organize local TEDx events. Additionally, all of my friends who are gamers, participate in sports such as kiteboarding.