Manuel Galvan

Edinburg, TX, United States

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Manuel Galvan
Posted over 3 years ago
Why aren't there more videos about how to better emotional development in the education system?
Very interesting! I suppose you can count on the UK (Europe in general) to lead the education system in a novel direction. EQ seems inherently more important that IQ. Not to mention that EQ seems like a more testable value. It's simple to test things like empathy and communication skills. Intelligence is a much more illusive trait to pin down. I am totally against punishment, but if you'd been to my Texas middle and high schools you would see how punishment is the rule and empathy is the exception. It's truly sad. I agree teachers have a very vital role to play in teaching and cultivating these skills. Though I would love to see more psychologists trained to act in place of punishment. Interventions like this do take place, but they are hindered by bureaucracy and lack of staff. Instead, untrained detention and in school suspension staff are plentiful in America. The curricula looks GREAT!! I'm excited at the thought of such things being introduced to the school system here in America. I'm still looking for reasons as to why we are so slow to adopt this change... I suspect it may have something to do with religious values. That somehow emotions, morals, relationships and values are going to be misrepresented by a secular school system. I've also noticed that schools are attempting to mimic business environments; where such topics are not of concern maybe? Whatever the reason for this tragedy, it is time to act! Too many brilliant minds are being indoctrinated in a culture of isolation, bullying, and unhappiness. Thank you for your insight Alex! -Manuel
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Manuel Galvan
Posted over 3 years ago
Jonathan Foley: The other inconvenient truth
I used to be a strng proponent of limiting population. After a while I realized that most industrialized countries are doing this. Its been pointed out in research before that as people reach higher levels of economic stature they have lss children. We need to be educating people of these other cultures that are over populating and continue to educate our own children. The real problem seems to be sustainability more than over population. I'm surprised this video didn't talk about hydroponics and vertical farming (no petroleum, clean process, local sources, doesn't use land). Also enrgy crisis is only a few years away from solution new tecnologies are being developed to harness light enrgy at much higher efficiency and store it. These are a lot of solutions we jut need to impliment them.
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Manuel Galvan
Posted over 3 years ago
Happiness is enjoying freedom from misery.
We're mostly agreeing. Happiness must be experienced along side misery because we are never truly free of all misery. I'm suggesting happiness is partly a state of mind (like wonder or confusion), in addition to its normal definition as a pleasurable feeling. I'm including both in my hypothesis, just to be clear, that happiness is taking pleasure in a state of mind that is free from negative thoughts about past and future failures, free from focusing on misery. I'm making the definition more convoluted involving things like focus, attention and intention. But i feel it is a more functional definition and avoids some of the confusion between happiness and pleasure. For example, we can probably agree that doing heroin would be pleasurable but it wouldn't make us happy. I'm kinda just coming up with this as part of a project I'm doing, I'd love to hear more criticism or agreement.
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Manuel Galvan
Posted almost 5 years ago
Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?
Sorry, I thought you actual believed what the supposed "scientific" gizmond web page was saying, and was trying to enlighten you. As far as the authors being wrong or unscientific, this is the nature of the internet. BOTH were unscientific. Especially because the guy using the decibel meter 1. wasn't using a consistent or proven method of "crinkling the bag" he was even shouting over the noise! Completely unscientific. The other pages was also, because obviously the bag CAN reach 90 decibels with certain levels of usage. But the author was mostly just upset and I agree. My overarching principle is: Our species is ruining the planet with everything from plastics, to animal/plant death, to over consumption of both energy and food. So I will always side with the people who are putting just a little effort into fixing that problem. And could care less about a little noise. How's that for scientific? Yea I'm zealot to caring about our world. Take a biology course and you could join us.
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Manuel Galvan
Posted almost 5 years ago
Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?
I find your language far too strong for this topic, the words ignorance, zealotry, science and technology should not be used to describe a discussion on chip bags. The conversation your having on this video discussion is absurdly hilarious (your -1066 makes perfect sense). But i just thought I'd debunk your idea that a chip bag could possibly effect hearing. First of all our auditory system has an acoustic dampening reflex for sound which kicks in when a sound over 85dB is anticipated (by at least 20ms). All people who eat sunchips are aware of the sound level and their auditory dampening system kicks in to "protect them". Secondly, in order for sound to cause deafness it needs to be sustained, the occasional usage of a chip bag is not sustained. A little psychophysiology knowledge can really be useful especially if you look it up before you can people ignorant zealots :). Especially people who just want to preserve our planet.
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Manuel Galvan
Posted almost 5 years ago
Seth Godin: This is broken
I've heard this rant by my Human Factors professor. Yea. People make stupid stuff. All the time. But this definitely could have been made more intellectually stimulating by explaining the psychological reason behind miscommunication and unintelligible warnings. He kind of hit on it but I agree with some of you that the presentation is generally superficial. Like he said though, "I'm winging it."
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Manuel Galvan
Posted almost 5 years ago
Gary Wolf: The quantified self
I've been thinking about this kind of self-monitoring technology being applied to self-regulation. Self-regulatory success depends largely on the attention you allocate on what you'd like to self-regulate. If this device could be used to monitor say, caloric intake, then someone trying to increase or decrease caloric intake would have a kind of attention and therefore control on their own behavior that is really unprecedented. It's easy to see how this device could be used by clinical psychologists to help clients gain a large measure of control using the self-regulation paradigm developed by Roy F. Baumeister.