A wonderful Ted Talk by Sam Richards at TEDxPSU about empathy.
A wonderful Ted Talk by Sam Richards at TEDxPSU about empathy.
I recently saw the movie Cloud Atlas and I was truly astonished and inspired by it. And I highly recommend it. It made me think about my actions, how I have the power to influence the future, and how I have been influenced by the past. Every action I do is so small. Anytime I spend time with my friends and family, I become a part of the lives of only a small fraction of our world of seven billion. Only about 0.0000004% of the world has been influenced by me in some significant way. I imagine this number will increase to about 0.0000012% in the next few years, but only time will tell. I want to do something, I want to be part of something greater than myself, and I want to leave a legacy. But after countless hours of thought, I think it is sadly unlikely that I will be known to my generation; however just like Son-mi 451, I have the potential to be remembered in the future. I have the potential to leave a legacy that will change and inspire future generations. I hope one day to have children, to write a book, and to do something with my life. Every single one of these actions that we commit ourselves to is one that will have an impact on the future. Every small thing we do adds up. My children may never remember my name, but they may read my book. My children may never know of my existence, but their existence and their lives will be my legacy. And that, I think, will be enough.
I would like to ask two things of you: Appreciate the past, and every human being that came before you. Without your past you would not be here today. And imagine how their lives, which were so long ago, have led to yours, and yours, which is right now, will lead to so much more.
“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future” (Cloud Atlas Book).
Stay tuned for part two and thanks for reading! Please post any comments you may have on my thoughts, my writing style, or anything relevant!
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
My grandfather came to this country as an immigrant. He spent several years in the educational system before moving forward into the American workforce. He came to this country seeking opportunities and he found them. He worked as an accountant and later an entrepreneur. He took the opportunities he had and used them to provide for my family.
America is seen to many as the land of opportunity. It has tendrils of influence across the globe reaching every continent and almost every country in the world. It is a economic and military force that isn’t easily controlled. It has the most complex intelligence network across the globe. Imagine the sheer complexity of this. The hub of communications, trade, globalization, culture, and the world centralized to one country. Of course, Europe, Asia, and Africa do heavily impact the world – they’re part of it – but when you look at the world from who has the most control over the world – the United States is the answer.
So much power for one country. So much control of the economic structure of the world. Imagine the pressure the House of Representatives must be in right now with the threat of defaulting. So much control over data in the world. Imagine the pressure on the NSA now that they are being exposed. Imagine the pressure on every decision the government makes.
Lets take a look at how the government responds. The House of Representatives are still arguing about a bill that was passed years before. The American People approved of it. The system is flawed and we have politicians that don’t care about what the people say, so they’re going to keep arguing until the very last second. The pressure will be too great and will force their hand. Either that or the debt defaults. Its their choice, either they end their charlie foxtrot arguments or the economy ends up in a charlie foxtrot. How about the NSA?
(Just a side note: I love talking about the NSA. It really gets me going. So I’ll try to keep myself from saying too much. I’ll talk more about the NSA in another post.) The NSA keeps “protecting the country” by reading your emails because you’re a terrorist. And of course since the media is a giant charlie foxtrot, the NSA barely gets any attention anymore. So now they have even more data about what type of porn you like. Isn’t that wonderful?
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the charlie foxtrot government we have today. The land of opportunity that was once what this country could be is now the land of invasion, despair, and disaster for everyone.
I don’t mind the occasional cussing or something like that, but what I do not like is Lil Wayne explaining how he would like to be pleased. Its music from Lil Wayne or Miley Cyrus or some other similar artist that is ruining expression through music and robbing the youngest generations of their innocence.
A couple years ago, I was driving in the car with my then 15-year old stepdaughter. We were listening to the radio, windows down, singing along to the music. “My Chick Bad” by Ludacris came on next and we started singing along. I quickly found my voice fading away until I was silent. My grip on the steering wheel tightened and I squirmed. Hearing “Now your girl might be sick but my girl sicker, she rides that dick and she handles her liquor” coming out of the mouth of this 15-year old girl made my stomach turn. I turned the radio off.
“Hey!” she said. “What are you doing? That was a good song!”
“I just can’t.” I said. “I just can’t listen to that with you. It’s…inappropriate.”
And right then, I became uncool. And old fart, worthy of teenaged eye rolls.
I love music. All of it. Before I…
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What is the difference between Google and the NSA? The NSA spies on the world and people of the United States for “national security.” Google on the other hand doesn’t spy on anyone. They do however control the worlds largest search engine (Google Search), the worlds largest email provider (Google Mail), the worlds largest online database of user documents (Google Drive) , a database of your calls and text (Google Voice/Talk), the videos you’ve watched (Youtube), the Internet you use (Google Fiber), the cellphones you use (Android OS) (FYI they know almost every wifi Password in the world if you synchronize your wifi passwords with Google). They know who your friends are (Google+), the books you read (Google Books), your thoughts and ideas (Blogger. Even though you use WordPress, Google knows.). They have your pictures (Picasa), they know where you’re going (Google Maps), they know how much money you have (Google Wallet). They know how busy you are (Google Calendar), they know where you live (Google Maps once again), and they know the type of house that you life in (oh look, Google Maps). They know how you think, what you like, and who you are. And guess what, Google wants to drive your cars.
So, yeah. Google doesn’t spy on anyone.
The scariest part of this is that we give our information to them willingly. You don’t see anyone protesting against Google absorbing all of our data. You only see anti-NSA protests. I’m not saying the NSA isn’t a problem. I’m saying we look at everything. We should analyze where we put our information and make sure that we have complete control over it. Google has control over it. The NSA has control over it. Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, IBM, and every other major technology company has control over it. We, the people, need to regain control over it.
Going back to what the difference between Google and the NSA is, I would have to say not much. Except for the fact that the NSA (for the most part) uses your information to make sure you’re not going to blow up a bomb and Google… well Google puts your information through algorithms, processes it in ways you nor I will understand, and produces profits. Nice big fat juicy profits.
Remember that every time you fight for your rights or your privacy or well anything. The NSA and Google (and probably Facebook) knows. And they’ll never forget.
So I was perusing the internet when I saw an article on Arstechnica: “Verizon’s bid to kill network neutrality law goes to court Monday”. I was furious. Our ability to think, to see, to hear, to type, to participate in the world of information is fundamentally part of every human being. We are genetically coded for it. We are intelligent enough for it. So what does Verizon want to do… kill it and stop net neutrality from ever seeing the light of day. The courts are deciding whether the FCC can impose net neutrality. Sigh so much for our freedoms. Hopefully the courts will decide in favor of the FCC (and in our favor) so that we can still browse our collective knowledge. Hopefully.
By Michael Snyder
Are you a conservative, a libertarian, a Christian or a gun owner? Are you opposed to abortion, globalism, Communism, illegal immigration, the United Nations or the New World Order? Do you believe in conspiracy theories, do you believe that we are living in the “end times” or do you ever visit alternative news websites (such as this one)? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are a “potential terrorist” according to official U.S. government documents. At one time, the term “terrorist” was used very narrowly. The government applied that label to people like Osama bin Laden and other Islamic jihadists. But now the Obama administration is removing all references to Islam from terror training materials, and instead the term “terrorist” is being applied to large groups of American citizens. And if you are a “terrorist”, that means that you…
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The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it. – Albert Einstein
To shed your ignorance and embrace the knowledge around you is the first step in making the world a better place.
“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.” – Louis Pasteur
Let me introduce myself. I am just an anonymous member of the internet. I am interested in science, technology, and making the world a better place. I am young, naive, and hopefully by the end of my journey I will be at least one step above that. I hope I can enlighten you and I hope you can enlighten me.
Let me start off with an analogy. The world is a supernova. It is exploding. It is constantly colliding, changing, evolving, expanding. It is the rage, the heat, the stress, the fire, the change, and the everything. Molecules are whizzing in the wind. Light is reflecting, refracting, and beaming past us and in us. Terabytes of data fly by us in the wires around us, the clouds above us, and the brains within us. Small electromagnetic fields in electronics, in people, and in everything are constantly changing. Our hearts are beating, our stomach is churning, our neurons are firing. And above us in the sky, million year old stars are forming, dying, and evolving.
Just stop for a second. Think about it. So much changing and evolving. We live in an infinite fractal, from the universe, to the Earth, to the nations, to we humans, to the organs, to the cells, to the molecules, to the unknown. We live in a world of infinite complexity and to understand all of the logic, chaos, and complexity would be the greatest privilege imaginable.
We could spend a million lifetimes understanding every inch our universe. We have over seven billion people, and yet we are so unproductive. Why are we not enlightening each other? Why are we not leaving the darkness and walking into the light? Why is war and politics and religion and everything else intermingling into hell? None of it has to. War and hell have no place in society as long as knowledge – religious knowledge, scientific knowledge, or just plain knowledge become what we strive for.
I want equality and brilliance in the world. Every day I explore more of the world we live in. From nature, to the inner workings of the electronics I use on a daily basis. From the galaxies in space to the billions of wonders everywhere in the world. Here I will post my reflections, my thoughts, and my ideas, and here, I hope you will reflect on my thoughts. And maybe then, someone out there can bring me into the light as I try to push others out of the darkness.
I am not Lux Ferous. I am another person fighting the war of words for knowledge, equality, and brilliance. I will speak little of religion, as I think Lux can cover it much better than I could. But I will speak about many things.