Nelson Guedes

Victoria B.c., Canada

About Nelson

Bio

My work may be described as an unified functional understanding and practical application of philosophy, psychology, education, politics and economics.

I'm a systems thinker and I see the big picture. I see the universe as a huge multidimensional Rubik's cube to be solved. I've spent much of my life working on this "puzzle" and using my skills to find solutions to global problems. Over the years I have become what one could interpret as a psychologist of governments and cultures. Some people may describe me as a philosopher, a philanthropist and a social entrepreneur.

I have also used accounting to map businesses and determine how money flows through society, which is part of my research.

Areas of Expertise

Philosophy, psychology, Facilitation, politics, Economics, Business Analysis, Democratic Governance

I'm passionate about

Understanding the universe as a whole.

Talk to me about

Philosophy, Psychology, Education, Facilitation, Politics, Economics, Accounting, Business Analysis, Social Entrepreneurship, Non-profits, Activism, Sustainability, Photography, Music, Game Design

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Nelson Guedes
Posted almost 4 years ago
Is our destiny to be one world with one language?
Europe has many languages today and has always had many languages. In some European countries, different languages are spoken in different parts of the country. In most countries in Europe, children learn over 3 languages. And they don't do that just because it is useful when traveling to nearby countries. They also do it because it makes them more intelligent. So should we have one world language? Absolutely not. Having many languages is beneficial for the brain and languages also contain culture within them. Also, many languages are very different from each other, holding different perspectives on the same words, and different syntaxes as well. Having said that, I'm from Brasil, I speak Portuguese and English, amongst other languages, and I love English because I can speak pretty much anywhere I go and be understood. So having a shared language in additional to a regional one is probably the best solution to the language issue.
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Nelson Guedes
Posted almost 4 years ago
If you could ask one question to all of your neighbors, what would you ask?
I personally believe that our capitalistic culture is far too individualistic. We are taught from an early age that each one of us are supposed to live in our own house and have our own property, separate from everyone else. Even today I feel very awkward when going near someone else's home, as though I am invading their property, even though in my mind I find such concept completely absurd. This materialistic consumption-based culture is designed to maximize both our division and our consumption. Having said that, I often watch my kids in our communal backyard, which we share with our neighbors... they often play with each others' toys and go in their friends homes. They don't believe in "property". Natives also never believed in "property". I also recently talked with a fellow from Africa and he told me that in his hometown, he can walk to anyone's house and go in, because everyone is a friend.
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Nelson Guedes
Posted almost 4 years ago
Where do you think consciousness comes from?
When we think about "consciousness" we think about the act of our eyes seeing, our ears hearing, and our thoughts in our head. When it comes to our perceptions, they are dependent on our eyes, our ears, all our senses. That is the physical aspect of consciousness which we experience through our bodies. But there is also the more abstract aspect of our thoughts. It is when our thoughts are concerned that it becomes difficult to understand the nature of consciousness. This "consciousness" that we experience through our thoughts is defined by the language we use, so we can "hear" our voice in our head (i.e. our sense of hearing). But it doesn't end there, because the languages we use have meanings, and those meanings are only expressed in an audible way (the language is not the meaning), but the sound does not represent the meaning, the meaning is purely abstract. Therefore, the pure nature of consciousness may very well be as abstract as our notions of language. Our consciousness have physical expressions, but it is not physical itself, it comes from an abstract dimension, like Plato's "world of ideas".
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Nelson Guedes
Posted about 4 years ago
The Rise of Collaboration
The welfare of the group influences the welfare of the individual. Both the group and the individual are equally important for different reasons. The freedom of the individual must be preserved, but the welfare of the group cannot be neglected either. Collaboration is about individuals working together in an interdependent manner to ensure the welfare of each other and of the group as a whole.
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Nelson Guedes
Posted about 4 years ago
Is the generation in education getting less intelligent than the ones before them or smarter?
It's also a matter of quantity versus quality. Over the years, there will obviously be more information to be taught and less time to teach it. Also, what we thought was true some time in the past might not be true and we may come into new evidence that suggests otherwise, which increases the quality of education. I think it is crucial to ask the question "what do we want to accomplish with our educational system?" If all we want is getting people ready to work for corporations, then the system doesn't need to make them "intelligent", just able to work at corporations. If we want to empower people and make them more intelligent, then we will likely have a different educational system that can accomplish those goals. Also remember... a dumb population is easier to control then an intelligent one....
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Nelson Guedes
Posted about 4 years ago
Is the generation in education getting less intelligent than the ones before them or smarter?
I don't know if anyone mentioned here, but there's actually a very old American test from the beginning of the 1900s circulating around the internet. I wish I had saved, because now I can't find it anymore, but I've seen it twice in the past few months. The test is pretty good evidence that the whole educational system has been "dumbed down" over the past century (at least in the US).