Andres Ricardo Chamarra

Game developer, Band of Coders
Buenos Aires, Argentina

About Andres Ricardo

Bio

Videogame developer specialized in (but not limited to) programming with 3-4 years work experience plus videogame development oriented terciary education. Lifelong gamer.

Languages

English, Spanish

An idea worth spreading

Never trust a man more excited about being successful than about doing the thing he hopes to be successful at.

I'm passionate about

Videogames, music, story telling, fantasy, science fiction, role play, humor, programming as a way of creation.

Talk to me about

Videogames, technology, education, entertainment, story telling, general philosophy and enrichment of the mind.

People don't know I'm good at

Interdisciplinary communication, foreseeing special cases of a generalized rule or behavior,

My TED story

I don't know what this field is for...

Comments & conversations

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Andres Ricardo Chamarra
Posted almost 4 years ago
damn! I was really curious about the fun question! BTW the superpower question was a joke, the real question in that position was meant to be the one about contextual definitions of good and evil versus a universal truth/rule on that subject. Thanks for your answer anyway.
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Andres Ricardo Chamarra
Posted almost 4 years ago
I often get the feeling that if god did exist, he would expect us to do exactly that.
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Andres Ricardo Chamarra
Posted almost 4 years ago
How young is too young for social networking?
"I would prefer neighbor kids knock my door to ask my kid out" That is probably still true in small communities, in cities however its a lot harder, when I was in primary school my best friend lived one hour away by bus, I couldn't exactly just show up at his door. I totally agree with jason on this one, the kids Marija mentions were taking semi nude pictures of themselves and publishing them openly, I think its a much greater issue the fact that they are doing that than the possibility of a creep downloading them. Why? because the first gives place to the second for starters. If the kids are well taught they would be able to enjoy FB and similar mediums without feeding the creeps. A healthy father-child mother-child relationship is more often than not the best defense against inappropriate content and untrustworthy strangers. I often hear the argument "with todays media its almost impossible to properly educate our children!" This often leaves me the taste of "with todays media its almost impossible to keep our children in a bubble!" which is not the same as educating. The day I have a child the first thing I'll teach him is to think for himself, then come consult me, and then do some more thinking.
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Andres Ricardo Chamarra
Posted almost 4 years ago
How does change happen?
if you agree with all this, the question becomes "How do we generate the environment and conditions for a friendly revolution?" And which environment and conditions would those be?
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Andres Ricardo Chamarra
Posted almost 4 years ago
Shouldn't schools do everything possible to create Results Only Learning Environments?
"The results are students who are intrinsically motivated and who develop an almost uncanny thirst for learning." Uhm... have these types of system been successfully and formally applied anywhere? if not this statement is rather theoretical I think. If they have, and these are really their results, well its just a matter of proving it, divulging it and adopting it I think.
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Andres Ricardo Chamarra
Posted almost 4 years ago
Well, if everything goes to hell (figuratively) then pretty much not, but if you factor in a form of continuity, where you experienced the environment created by those who came before and those who come after will experience the environment that you participated in creating... then yes, I would say it REALLY matters.
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Andres Ricardo Chamarra
Posted almost 4 years ago
How does change happen?
As far as I know change has two ways of being produced, evolution and mutation. Evolution implies a slow progressive change that is not noticeable in the short term but becomes evident in the long, some times very very long, term. Mutation implies a radical and rather sudden change that is very noticeable in the moment its produced. As you say, we need to change and we are running out of time, so an evolutionary change is looking less and less plausible to be our salvation, therefore we might be in need for a mutation. Socially speaking evolution would be a product of culture and context, while mutation is a revolution (a successful one). Mutations and revolutions are more often than not met with rejection and violence by those who have not mutated, this is the very rule of nature, for a mutation to be successful it needs to prove itself superior to the original state it mutated from, which often means either subjugating it or destroying it. That is I think why we are so afraid of mutation, revolution, it implies violence, its unstable, we cannot control it, only hope it turns out for the best, and when you speak of a planet wide revolution (one culture ceasing to pollute is just not enough).... well that is a very scary process, even if the outcome is our salvation! All in all I think our best bet is in education, if you successfully teach an entire generation that change is necessary, once that generation is in charge they would be more open to either accept or produce a revolution rather than fighting against it out of sheer fear or survival instinct.
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Andres Ricardo Chamarra
Posted almost 4 years ago
Are we pre-dispositioned to make stereotypes?
Yes, we are, its part of the mechanism that allows as to recognize someone 100 meters away, our brains look for patterns, shapes, colors, movements, sounds and that stuff, stereotypes allow us to assume a bulk of information about a person at first sight. The problem with stereotypes is when we attach negative connotations to them that are not accurate just for the heck of it, like "Nerds are introverted social freaks" or "black people are bad" or "women belong in the kitchen". If we were more careful about them stereotypes could be a great tool for us, I think this is why most psychologists like to use the word "profile" in stead of stereotype when they refer to the stereotype a given patient of them fits in.