anthony bruni

Portland, OR, United States

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Posted 5 months ago
Chrystia Freeland: The rise of the new global super-rich
. So much of the discussion critiques CF in fear that any talk about wealth inequality could squelch innovation. As a citizen of the US it hard for me to see government being anything other than a front for a prison/ military industry so I'm sympathetic to the libertarian spirit. That said wealth gaps do create social instability. The ground is fertile for revolution. I say this not hoping for an uprising (at least not a violent one), but only as an acknowledgement that it is a threat giving the extent of human desperation. I have too wonder if this silent threat is the real reason for bill gates, warren buffet and others giving so much too charity. Not really for me to say, and like i said I don't want a uprising, since they tend to spin out of control. What I do want and what CF all too briefly mentioned is a radical restructuring of education. In a world where people are tech literate would Google and face book command so much of the economic stage by collecting info on people and selling it to advertisers. Shouldn't we inform child on how advertisers manipulate them. Some school do do this but, there too big a lag. Salmon Khan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM95HHI4gLk gives a speech on how he is recreating education as to provide an atmosphere where children can learn competency. At the heart of wealth inequality i don't see the problem so much as government tax issues but our education system (I can only speak for the US) is preparing children for jobs that no longer exist. they stifle the entrepreneurial desire, and suppress peoples natural abilities to communicate with each other, a crucial skill which is inhibited in many school. In short I see the wealth gap as nothing more than a manifestation of the education gap. And yes I'm aware on some metric wealth is rising for all, but intrinsically we are a social creature that has quite the history of irrational behavior. If we don't address this soon peacefully, we will address it in some other fashion
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Posted 8 months ago
How can we get high school student to be excited for college?
I'd say give them the opportunity to take college classes or at least be exposed to a collage environment without having to jump through hoops for four years. From the little that I see that HS is just about testing and not teaching and it is only important because we say it is. There no reason why at 15 or 16 one can't start learning about what you want. You might not know what you want to be when you grow up but you know what you are passionate about. You should have a good handle on basic life skills. If anything I think it would be more interesting if collages and other avenues of adult learning modified themselves to accommodate slightly younger people who may or may not need a bit more information to be fletched out, rather than reform a system so steeped in factory culture. Best of Luck
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Posted 8 months ago
Should there be animosity towards America's 1% (billionaires)?
It may be wise to be wary of any forms of objectification, as it can lead to persecutin but if there seems to be one group of people who are safe from the swelling police state we been living with in the states it would be billionaires. There are many demographics that are not statically safe from this and the common denominator seems to be they are poor.. Throwing the H word around hyperbolically just seems a good way to distract people from enacting social change that not meant to hinder the well off, but merely provide ways for people to meet there needs. One need being of course to create communities that are safe both from crime and from prisons.
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Posted 9 months ago
Can forcing language upon nations actually kill the nation?
Good question. Jared Diamond talks about the intersection of language and culture in his new book "the world until yesterday." He cites some interesting data on how when cultures are able to retain there language even if they intergrate a meta languge, such as English they fare better than cultures who assimilate a languge without retaining their langauge. I feel it is important to realize language has so much cultural knowledge ingrain in it. Any culture is bigger than any one can really fatham and to me at least language is the best way to articulate a culture. Art can maybe express a culure moe vividly though. As we become more globalized through technology I don't see how the dominant language, English, Mandarin, Farsi, Espanol will increase. At the same time human have an inate capasity to learn languges. We should encourage people to cherish their languge as they would any multigeneration art project. After all what is really the point of globalization if we assimilate every culture we come into contact with?
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Posted about 1 year ago
Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong
So is anyone else taken back that Dan did not mention what any of these charities do. Shouldn't the ultimate end of a charity be to put itself out of business. I think that is where the taboo of people making lots of money off of charity really comes from. If you have a financial incentive in fixing a problem you then have an incentive in perpetuating the problem. I do agree with him that sometime we don't treat overhead with due respect, but it also seems like he should just be in the for profit sector, where lots of good can and is done. One only has to look at the Susan G koman debacle to see where his logic is going. On a side note I think if more people spent more money buying ethical products and services charities would be much less needed, but then again you don't a tax break for that.
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Posted almost 3 years ago
Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness
Consciousness is not lost during sleep, so much as it is greatly reduced. If you yell at a sleeping person, splash them with water, pinch them, you will receive a response. Its just that the sleeping person requires greater stimulation. I think it would be helpful stopped viewing consciousness as a switch that can be turned on and off, and more like a dimmer, as we continuously have a changing level of awareness throughout the day.