Amily shaw

Chengdu,chongqing, China

About Amily

I'm passionate about

big ideas ,learning ,psychology (why we do what we do),music,translation, The Simpson, human connections ,comedy,asking questions ,food...

Talk to me about

psychology ,learning ,poetry ,music, stories of humility ,big ideas.how can we make this world a better place .youth.change.life and death and things in between

People don't know I'm good at

cooking ,thinking about questions and answers. amusing myself with funny thoughts all the way to work and laughing out. being funny.

My TED story

i was searching Nellie Mckay the other day and found a video of her on TED --"feminists dont have a sense of humor" and that's how i got to know a lot of other great talks.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Amily shaw
Posted over 1 year ago
Socrates once stated: "The unexamined life is not worth living". Do you agree?
They are in remote rural area with limited resources and opportunities.Well, I had talked with them and asked questions,trying to get an idea of what their lives are like for them and I was left with an impression that they are busy with getting basic needs met ,reacting to whatever life throws on them. I think being in a remote rural area does affect them in terms of resources in this case.In other cases it is not a issue since everyone is born into certain condition but different people makes different things out of life.
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Amily shaw
Posted over 1 year ago
Is perception more important than reality?
Hi Vera, I realise we are talking about different things even though we use the same word as comparison.Won't go into details about how the various taste are sense coded and the whole process. Have no problem with what you said about that.Thank you for sharing.
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Amily shaw
Posted over 1 year ago
Is perception more important than reality?
Thanks for your clarification Vera, and now i see i misunderstood you when you said comparing senses and what you meant by that. However I think one don't need to compare their senses because sensory information is taken by the receptors in one's sensory organ.e.g, you have taste cells in taste buds on the tongue .and each sensory systems has distinct receptors and nural pathways. And each receptor expirence relative external stimulis and one does't see the smell or taste the sound.and then the sensory receptors produces electronical changes that initiate neural impulses in sensory neurons , which carries the information to central nervous system. Here I'm talking about how the sensors take in information or maybe you are talking about process after that? "I'm wondering if people can at least try to watch their minds behavior Beyond what we see as our superficial stage of "reality". Our minds are deeply subconscious and this is a quite fantastic, but major part of our realities." I agree that subconscious play a big role and like you said it doesn't just end with the sensory processing stage.I think they are whole together :)
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Amily shaw
Posted over 1 year ago
Socrates once stated: "The unexamined life is not worth living". Do you agree?
Greg. I volunteered some time in my last few year to visit some household in rural area and meet with people there with needs.They are house wives, the elderly. I can't say they all don't examine lives but a few people I met left me with the impression that they seldom think beyond basic needs.I might be wrong and it also has to do with how much retrospection you do is examining. "For example, if you were injured in a traffic accident and sitting by the side of the road, and all the people speeding past were people who didn't think very much, and when they saw you they didn't think to call for help for you, that could be bad? " Yes.That could leave the person out of help.
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Amily shaw
Posted over 1 year ago
Is perception more important than reality?
Hi Vera, By asking how do you compare I mean how do you know perception is more important than reality if you know what reality is. And in my perspective I agree that we shape our sense of reality thru our sensors and internal psyche .I'm not sure the comparison acutually exists among different senses. I would rather think it exists between the "thing"and "everything that is not the thing".(Now im thinking comparison is not a precise term to describe it) And yea different external enviroments can trigger different parts of your character or you react differently to various situation.And It's a matter of preference like you said.
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Amily shaw
Posted over 1 year ago
Is there a mass-consciousness?
I think there is collective consciousness .Isn't culture or social expectation a form of collective consciousness that can influence individual actions/behavior/decision? We make decision not only at a conscious level (presenting information)but also draw on our information data( in the brain) and even more to that the unconscious plays a big role too. Psychologist Carl Jung has done researches on the collective unconsciousness and explain how that influence people.You might like to read if you are interested.
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Amily shaw
Posted over 1 year ago
Socrates once stated: "The unexamined life is not worth living". Do you agree?
Hi Greg, I find myself constantly apologize for not being able to reply in time.Thinking about getting more time to keep flow of conversations. Well it depends on what you mean by we are connected.How realistic it is for your life to be diminished when others out of whatever reasons don't exam life?1 person? 2? a thousand?i don't see the sense in that since we each person is responsible for his/her life instead of a enmeshed identity. But don't get me wrong that doesn't mean we are isolated selfish individuals that only cares about ourselves.im saying there is boundary and we can be empathetic,compassionate and help each other.However the premises is not you are me, me is you but you are you and I'm me.
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Amily shaw
Posted over 1 year ago
Socrates once stated: "The unexamined life is not worth living". Do you agree?
Hi Colleen! I do realise the fact thet many people getting the daily needs met explore and contemplate life.I was refering to some particular indivudals I have had conversation with and my overall understanding after questions to figure out what life is like for them is that they seldom think about or think for themselves.And they are living their lives. I mean, whatever I think of another man's life really does not matter.It doesn't increase or decrease any value of that person's life. @Meidan No worries.I wasn't implying that you judge anyone.Just an extention to what the question might invlove.