Dan F

Jacksonville, OR, United States

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Dan F
Posted about 13 hours ago
Noy Thrupkaew: Human trafficking is all around you. This is how it works
Hi Michael, Thrupkaew is addressing a real problem that deserves attention about how people take unfair advantage of one another. This is not a new problem, if anything its a more diverse problem. Human history is full of these abuses. I don't mean to take away from that fact, nor from her appeal to lessen this problem. The contention that the world exponential population growth is irrelevant regarding these social problems does not reflect reality. China decided to impose a difficult and dynamic step to slow its population growth many, many years ago. It appears to me the motive was to lessen and prevent these kind of social problems. Do you see another motive? I miss Ted's discussions among members because I think these kind of issues deserve more attention and discussion.
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Dan F
Posted 4 days ago
Yuval Noah Harari: What explains the rise of humans?
Hi Ben, Is it possible that in becoming an upright species that in turn stimulated our physical and social separation from apes? Free arms and hands enabled tool creation and use, shelter construction, hand signals, etc., providing humans a selective advantage resulting in a correspondingly more dynamic and elaborate brain development away from other species. These changes perhaps even more stimulated in competing with one another.
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Dan F
Posted 6 days ago
Yuval Noah Harari: What explains the rise of humans?
This is a candid talk and the perspective resonates. Yuval is talking common biology that connects life to life, yet breaks away from this association to seek explanation how we uniquely as humans have collectively discovered, developed and employed a rich history of social evolution of ideas, practices, etc., that has made us not just unique biologically but incredibly influenced and redirected in our numbers, circumstances, etc., despite the fact we are simply another species of life. The prime concern for humans may not be biological, but the social self preserving and isolating constructs such as nations and religions that bring about competitive stands that isolate us from one another. Have we become our own worst enemy? And as our numbers continued to soar, so do our problems.
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Dan F
Posted 7 days ago
Noy Thrupkaew: Human trafficking is all around you. This is how it works
Your reaction isn't unexpected, nor uncommon. Life has never been better for many of us. We are an ingenious species and it should be noted, our personal circumstance to some extent is a factor of luck. Our collective and social nature to be civilized and capitalize on knowledge has changed human history. Recently, since the agricultural revolution, industrial age, etc., the world population has and is skyrocketing and science has enabled us to live longer and healthier, and more crowded, I might add. This can be argued as signs of success. So according to you what's the problem? My answer is there are other corresponding dynamics here and they are not all positive that warrant serious attention. The evolution of science and social studies can help us here too. My approach to this problem may have been a little more cognitive than than you chose to acknowledge. You are right, slowing population growth would not solve the problem of the talk, nor did I contend it would. I just wanted to inject a little honesty. I think it can be hard to be objective because we often have our own baggage from religion to line of work, etc., reflected in our opinions. I would like to think I live in the real world, perhaps the question is, do you?
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Dan F
Posted 8 days ago
John Green: The nerd's guide to learning everything online
I rated this talk as magnetically persuasive and deceptively ingenious. As a child the cognitive aspects of life can be effectively shut down by religion reflected in the home life of believers. It fosters a submissive one sided outlook on life. This situations is common and global. The public education system tends to minimize these potential cultural conflicts so it plays into this reality. I think that's why pubic school was often unenjoyable for me and my grades reflected it. I somehow discovered biology in college and my life took off. My curiosity and cognitive thought made it relatively easy to memorize and preform well on tests because the physical world and natural laws make beautiful sense despite how exotic and mysterious some end points. I am active on YouTube and agree with the speaker on how it can open and enrich your world regardless of age. Along with the narrative, visuals, and other dynamics can activate one's ability to explore and reason in complete privacy. I invite those who may question the value of YouTube, to check out atheism as a subject. It may surprise you how much is going on.
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Dan F
Posted 10 days ago
Noy Thrupkaew: Human trafficking is all around you. This is how it works
Is cognitive thought dead? All of us know individuals are taken advantage of both internally and externally in terms of where a person is born. Perhaps that thought needs to be contemplated more fully. Why is trafficking possible? It is because many countries are hell holes where the only productive individuals are mothers and those running things, especially the government and the mucky mucks. The consequence, means the bounty of the country offers newbies nothing except freebies such as religion on steroids. No rounded education, which correspondingly results in minimum opportunity at home and/or abroad in terms of desirable career work. Perhaps it time for mothers to opt out of this system and use birth control. Would there not be less trafficking of innocent offspring? Do these despot countries not bear some blame? This problem will never be solved by treatment, but rather prevention and this is not a new problem. Population growth in numerous countries is totally out of control fermenting other problems as evident in this talk. I would not argue with the speakers idealist concerns, only her blame.
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Dan F
Posted about 2 months ago
Donald Hoffman: Do we see reality as it is?
So our social evolution has flourished within the biological evolution of our more primitive ancestors. In turn, our individual consciousness has resulted from the dynamics of this physical and social interplay through time under the influence of the selection process. The consequence being an altered human sense of reality, with its interesting components. Perhaps the greatest gift in life is to have the curiosity and freedom to wonder and explore in light of one's knowledge and imagination.
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Dan F
Posted 2 months ago
Jeffrey Brown: How we cut youth violence in Boston by 79 percent
A perspective to this problem needs to be addressed. Yes, there is a fraction of school drop out "night owls" can be persuade by the efforts of individuals like Jefffrey Brown to become more responsible. Here is the problem. I suspect a significant percentage of these "kids" have a powerful self centered motive behind developing their creative talents. Crime PAYS and they become addicted to the "easy" money, and change in their appearance, but it isn't without significant personal cost. This lifestyle is violent by nature because knifes and handguns are tools of the "trade." Ultimately the police will control this element of society as a matter of public safety. National news gives some sense of the staggering aspect of what's going on. I think the extent of this problem needs more attention in terms of prevention.
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Dan F
Posted 2 months ago
Yassmin Abdel-Magied: What does my headscarf mean to you?
The English language is a beautiful form of communication, especially in the area of nuance. Exceptionally clever individuals take advantage of its flexibility. A salesPERSON is perhaps at the top of the list of those who appreciate how it can be effectively applied to different circumstances by learning to game the system to their benefit. They are wordsmiths attuned to making something of nothing, or visa vera. Do not as a critical thinker dismiss the need to notice things, even seemingly small things. It is an important factor in the concept of being alert and intelligent. The headscarf is noticeable to me because it is relatively uncommon headgear in my public square. I would associate it with the muslim religion. I would assume this individual is intentionally wearing the headscarf to broadcast this specific signal to observers. I would not flirt with her, in fact I might cross the street. As an atheist, I like to think we all need to live more in the real world, but as an American I support the freedom of adults to subscribe to mystical beliefs. So far, I'm still the weirdo.