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Back on topic, now that my hometown finished hosting the 6+ billion dollars Olympic 2010, guess who's gonna pick up the tab?
Some times being single is better... Gives you the chance to explore your self, aka ME TIME.
Why do you think that my ex-girlfriend of 4 years left me?
This is why I choose to be at times as an initiator of survival, a blocker of corruption, a supporter of justice, or an observer of balance. I'm happy for the choices that I've made with my life, and I seek those who will share my life together with theirs.
And it's funny that you mentioned it, because I also wrote a topic based on the same theme. But little did I know, I was merely scratching the surface of a phenomenon called the group dynamic/relation.
This reminds me of nature and nurture, though it is a bit different. We often do irrational things no matter how stupid they may be since we have only come so far from the jungle. Each person has their own ratio of doing things rationally versus irrationally and it depends on conditioning. If we were raised a certain way, we act according to that.
I also think that human condition is caused by human behavior, and individually we can only behave what came as natural to us as individuals. However when individuals were introduced into a group situation, their individuality shifts dynamically. In accordance to them adapting and adopting into certain roles as either initiators, blockers, supporters, or observers. Now each of these roles serves an important function in a group, for while the initiators presents a notion, the blockers OTOH will oppose such notion by offering different perspectives on the same subject. And while the supporters subjectively supporting each perspective with their values, the observers OTOH will objectify all perspectives based on functionality and not merit.
Now let's introduce monetary incentive into this group dynamic as bribes and corruptions, and can you see how that can sway the once supposed to be a democratic decision making process? Suddenly it's whoever that has the biggest monetary resources and backings that can sway the process of democracy, when democracy itself got hijacked by free market. Which leads us to:
It's not just the US that has the same problem, for you see as long as the mechanism of monetary incentive still exists, the majority will still think that materialism is the pursuit of happiness. Simply because we assigned monetary values onto something, while we were taught by our society that money is important, if not the most important substance in this world.
I gotta give due credits to the majority of the human race for somehow having the ability to behave both irresponsibly and irrationally. And thanks to the mechanism of monetary incentive, we now have the perfect vehicle to reward/condemn/screw ourselves with our own irresponsible and irrational behaviors. All because that's not how our evolutionary marvel of a human brain naturally motivates itself, and here's why.
In the book called SWAY: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior, written by Ori & Rom Brafman, it mentioned about a NIH research had discovered the region of the human brain that anticipates rewards, called the nucleus accumbens. Assuming this relatively primitive part of our brain is what's responsible for our entitlement behaviors, such as shopaholic, alcoholic, and substances abuse. We can see just how it came a long sway from its original function favored by nature, as an organ that produces sexual desire as well as monogamy/commitment in a relationship.
However, the book also mentioned another research that discovered the region which rewards us when we socialize with one another, called the posterior superior temporal sulcus. This relatively new part of our brain is also capable of perceiving complex social interactions, thus it's responsible for our altruistic behaviors. In other words, this is where nature's intention of The Golden Rule(aka tit-for-tat) resides.
So what seems to be the problem here? Well according to the book, not only did the two regions of our brains respond to different situations, the entitlement central of our brain can hijack our altruistic self, whenever we were anticipating a reward for us being social. Flashback to a 1972 educational experiment for alternative teaching, nicknamed the Commie High, when they wanted to increase student attendance, they decided to have their teachers to brainstorm some ideas and reward their results in the form of monetary incentives. The end results of this experimentation were more field-trips and in-class-parties, which did boost the annual attendance record from 59% to 72%, but GPA took a nosedive for that year alone from 2.71 to 2.18. All the while they were the only school with that mismatching results for that year.
The book itself also demonstrated several other irrational behaviors such as "loss aversion (our tendency to go to great lengths to avoid possible losses), value attribution (our inclination to imbue a person or thing with certain qualities based on initial perceived value), and the diagnosis bias (our blindness to all evidence that contradicts our initial assessment of a person or situation)". However this particular part regarding motivation via incentive really interests me, because I can't help but seeing how it mirrors to my own psychology of happiness theory. When I was puzzled at how can something like the monetary incentive, which thought to be morally good because it was supposed to "encourage individual accomplishments", can actually do us more harms than good by making us irresponsible and irrational.
Not only that, this empirical knowledge in neurophysiology shall aid me to my ultimate goal, which is:
This is a great time for science.
I think our human civilization can be remodeled based on human engineering by nature's design, when we can understand our human nature by us knowing how our human mind works.
i have a quesion, isnt the USA culture to blame for this because of the cultural ends of money ,power and materialism? Not that monetary gains are intrinsickly evil, but when you base your entire life, purpose, and pursuit of happiness on monetary gains (money,power, and materialism), it becomes an insatiable goal that the vast majority of people get left out of. peace over war
Yes, people do shift in social situations when they encounter different people. One often finds he wants to be cool with numerous folks, although when you are on the good side of some people you might end up on the bad side of others. At work, I have a personality tailored to that, and off work, I am loosened up and free.
Those words make you out to be a comic book mad Scientist type bad guy. I find that funny that the guys who are trying to make the world a better place end up in the role of a bad guy. Wile hero's working for a corrupt cause is known to be the good guys in the comics.
Lets defend something that is ultimately going to lead man kind to their doom. That scientist trying to stop that by changing the road we are going down is bad!
This is what entitlement will do to people; it makes them narrow-minded and bias. When the fact is that while we are humans living on this Earth, it only takes 14 Gold medals, a hockey victory, and a fiscally overpriced Olympic, to make Canadians to be proud of only their nationality for two weeks.
'I am A fond believer in using the Olympics instead of fighting battles and wars.' All we have to do is a little modifying. (Robot Jox: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/cromsbeard/2009/10/18/robot-jox-a-love-story/ ) I do await the day of giant robots fighting like gladiators to settle territorial disputes, and for just good old fashion sporting fun. (It could be done for a lot less than what most nations invest in their military funds.)
So Instead of just removing the power from the few and creating a level playing field for all with no small groups in power.. (then cutting out the need for currency all together.).. I also would create a safer, more humane, and fun to watch replacement for the tribal barbarism known as war.