About Till

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20 years old. Interested.

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English, French, German

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Go VEGAN"

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Peace and Science

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Till Renger
Posted almost 2 years ago
To what degree is sympathy towards a political party caused by the act of voting? (Cognitive dissonance)
Nice to meet you too. Thank you for taking the test. I hope is was no waste of time, in your eyes. ;) I do not think that that the political views of the parents matters that much. I can observe this on my own person. My parents were always environmentalists, or so they thought. They still eat meat and consume diary products, which is not very ecological. They have been paying attention for local food, which I support. But my political views started to differ very early. So, in the end, of course I was positively influenced by my parents, but my brother and I also influenced our parents. My father and I discussed a lot, and by showing him documentaries and other interesting videos like political speeches, we both became more liberal. Because of that, I think that the internet has a greater influence than the parents. Some time ago I started to think, that democracy is not very suitable for large groups. In early Greek, democracy was not dealing with large numbers of people. There is also the problem of collective stupidity. As individuals humans are very intelligent, no question, but we have systems with lead to bad results. From my point of view there is a negative selection in parties. Those who are not following the instructions from above are removed, leaving those which weaker character. As for Conservatives... what is your definition? When I hear the word "Conservative" I think about free market and its horrible consequences, export of weapons to unstable countries, less welfare, the rich should get richer, the poor do not care, negative feelings about immigrants. What I think Conservatives think: "We have to free the market, so that the economy grows, so that the country is better off. We have to defend our traditions against multiculturalism, because they matter to us. We have to preserve our Constitution, because it is a good basis for our country." How close do I get? For me, it really is hard to comprehend, but I know everyone has their reasons.
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Till Renger
Posted almost 2 years ago
To what degree is sympathy towards a political party caused by the act of voting? (Cognitive dissonance)
I am sorry that my reply sounded rude. But I really never met someone like you. And I would have liked you to do the test, because it inspired me. I hadn't had much time. I apologize. Of course, my definitions of Left and Right are very different from the common definition, which sees Left and Right as opposites, which they are not. One could go with the common definition and can try to discuss about politics, but I think it would not lead to truth, if you think that Left and Right are opposites. From my point of view (and of politicalcompass), a political systems has an economic and a political part. The economic part describes how freely the capital can flow, how income and value are distributed, or should be distributed as to the ideologie. Of course these are complex matters, but I think you could find a position between capitalism and communism, which are definitions, and maybe we also have to discuss those. On the political part you can find a system between dictatorship and anarchy. Now it is important; what would you like to have? what is realistic? what should we achieve know to get closer to our wish? Some would say it is more important to direct the economy towards communism even accepting dictatorship. Some would say that freedom is more important. You see that this view on political systems is very good for discussion. It does not have these terms of Left and Right being opposites. What "we" call "ourselves"? Hm. For my ideals, well you could say ideology... I would call myself a cosmopolitan. Carl Sagans books and videos inspired me to think out of national borders. I like the movements "Anonymous" (V for Vendetta) and "Occupy Wallstreet". I am also a vegan, because I was inspired by Peter Singers book "Practical Ethics". (Preference utilitarianism) I also do not believe in free will. :D I hope this is a better basis for future discussions. :)
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Till Renger
Posted almost 2 years ago
To what degree is sympathy towards a political party caused by the act of voting? (Cognitive dissonance)
Thank you for your answer! The dissatisfaction of the party in power is a flaw of the system itself, I think. In a democatry it is always the same: The political parties make promises they can not keep. The people are angry and vote another party, but it is same thing again. In Germany, I think, it could be different, if it was not for the stupid people... ;) As you might have concluded, I am a leftie. And we have 2 left parties with very good ideas, but they only get 11-12% combined. It is horrible. 40% of the voters, so maybe 28% of all over 18, vote for the CDU. They say they are "christian", so all the old, religious people vote them. Every selection I hope it changes, but it does not. The welfare for the poor works quite good, compared to other countries, but I do not think that it was ever a primarily goal of the government. As you said, the economic "growth" is important. In the last years the wages dropped to export more. Which is pretty stupid, because the workers and their families suffer. And other countries, which import more than they export get economical problems. I think the politicians know all this, but they think it is okay. We could ask Edward, maybe he can understand their way of thinking.
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Till Renger
Posted almost 2 years ago
To what degree is sympathy towards a political party caused by the act of voting? (Cognitive dissonance)
Thank you for your answer! You said that there are people switching because of individuals. Maybe the influence of congnitive dissonance is small, when the parties are represented more by individuals than by content. Sounds good to me. You feel sympathy towards an indiviudual, but he/she does not run again, then it is very easy to cross party lines to vote for another person from the other party. So, is this favorable, or not? With the rise of the right wing, I totally agree with you! My question was not that well put. I should have asked about the consequences of cognitive dissonance. My thoughts just wandered til there... :D In the long run, what would be the consequences? How many left parties can one country bear? How many parties in total? Is there a better way without parties, but still democratic? Is there a better way, which is not really democratic but still legitimate? http://www.ted.com/talks/eric_x_li_a_tale_of_two_political_systems.html
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Till Renger
Posted almost 2 years ago
This talk is about VEGANS. Why do people close themselves to our beliefs and ideas?Do we need to be more radiant and impressive in our ways?
I don't like this "everyone can choose what they eat"-sentence and that everyone has to respect the choice. I think it's wrong. When I started to hunt humans to eat them, would you respect my choice? Would it be okay if I catch some humans and cage them up, force-feed them, etc.? If you say no, why aren't you eating less meat for environmental reasons? Or because of the fact that the export of chicken-remnants harm people in poorer countries? I'm no dogmatic vegan, I would want humans to benefit from animals, even eat them, if their interest to live is more valuable than the interest of the animal not to suffer. I feel very sad when I see other people eating meat. For me, it's disgusting. Non-vegans will have a hard time to understand this, but I sometimes feel as connected to animals as to humans. Maybe petowners understand. They are beautiful creatures and I am sad that I know so few of them. Most people are boring, but you could pet a lot of animals if you met them. How many people can you "pet" or hug? :D If you are vegan for ethical reasons, you can't respect that choice, you don't accept it, but you often tolerate it.
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Till Renger
Posted about 2 years ago
everything that occurs, was always going to occur, and couldn't happen any other way. True or False?
False, but there is also no free will. What already happened could not have happened any other way. But the future is still not determined. The brain, given a set of information, can only come to one decision. But the information we will recieve in the future is not determined, therefore the future itself is not determined. This does lead to no personal responsibility, that is true, but it does not lead to fatalism and depression. I like the thought of no personal responsibility. It gives me a great deal of freedom and joy! The thing is; you can regret the decisions your brain made, but you are not guilty and you can try to form your future knowing that. But of course, your ability to apply your insight is determined by your brain and no free will ;)
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Till Renger
Posted over 3 years ago
Is there a framework for forgiving yourself?
Thank you for your answer. Are only humans "part of God"? Where would you draw the line if you could. I don't think we can draw one at all. So is every living thing on this earth "part of God"? And what about extraterrestrial life? You state that you are not your brain. The brain is the only connection to the real world. It merges all your senses. If not, one is completely distorted, or loses consciousness. There was an evolutionary advantages to be able to represent oneself to communicate with others, to predict the outcome of one's actions. The feeling of a self, an "I", came with the representation of the own body and the skill of pointing one's attention to something specific. I don't think, that there is this kind of dualism, some soul or consciousness that is indepandent from the brain. That had to be something non-physical, and I don't believe in God or Gods, or anything that would give us this skill, at some point in evolution. And if, why should they, why humans,etc,etc. Panta rhei. And I don't think that anything can twiddle with this stream.
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Till Renger
Posted over 3 years ago
Is there a framework for forgiving yourself?
I read about this topic in a really interesting book called. "Beyond Good and Evil" written by Michael Schmidt-Salomon. I do not know whether it was translated into english, or not (original in german-"Jenseits von Gut und Böse"). MSS states that free will does not exist. The brain can have only one state at a given time. One neuronal pattern. This is based on all the experiences you have had, including your education, etc., your genes and the momentary flood of information from your environment. Because there are no actions without a cause, your mind can only think what it is able to think, but nothing else. So in a given moment in the past, you could not have reacted any other way, than you did, because your brain could not do it any other way. Based on this thought, it is true, that you would say, than noone is responsible for any action they have done. That is true, but this does not lead to fatalism. There are no "morals", but there still are ethics. You can still say, what is right and wrong. And you can regret, what you did in the past, but you are not guilty. That is the big difference. And it is delightful. And this does not lead to determinism either. It is true, that you could not have acted differently in the past. But all of the information that can change your mindset this way or another, is not determined. With this you can forgive yourself and others more easily. And critisism becomes the greatest gift. All the critisism you recieve from others is helpful, and even if it was meant to hurt you, you know that this person could not have done differently. And you can criticize others as much as you want, when you know that they would not be hurt by it. I would love to have this kind of society. Maybe even here on ted. Noone has to be ashamed of his/her lack of knowledge, etc. No question would be to stupid to be asked. No comment too bad, like this one..:) We could strive more easily to the goal we all seek. To spread our ideas.