Obstacles in pursuing self confidence
Two fourth grade boys face each other, one tallish and lanky, the other short, but with self confidence in his eyes. The short boy has two girls by his side.
He tortures the taller, who is weakened after weeks of recess teasing. Tears in his eyes, he longs for this to just be over. The short boy senses weakness in his prey.
Before the trio leave laughing, the short boy throws the tall flat on his back, knocking the air out of him.
The tears begin to flow.
He has been bullied for almost a full year now and holds no hope of escape.
I was the taller boy, and the pain comes back now over 30 years after the event. Victims of mean people are left with traumatic scars.
Worst of all, bullies destroy self confidence. Looking back now, I see that I was capable of defending myself. I practiced wrestling, and I was pretty strong.
But, I lacked self confidence and the desire to inflict pain on another. I felt empathy for the other boy, and he exploited it.
Famously, in my family, I was the wrestler who refused to perform winning moves because the arm bending "would hurt" my opponent.
So, is empathy a flaw in sports, business, and life? No. In fact, empathy is the best friend of good business if bullies are controlled, as people gain self confidence and trust in one another. You have to establish an atmosphere of safety to nurture empathy in a community.
Self confidence is a social enterprise, and we rely on the empathy of others to establish a safe place to build it.
In every human organization, we benefit from empathic people, who feel for us and nurture our self confidence. A community of empathic people heals the wounds inflicted by bullies and rebuilds self confidence through the help of others.
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
How do we explain human consciousness?
Darin's Note: The fact that I am conscious fascinates and confuses me. I am aware of my surroundings, my thoughts, and I can even communicate with others. How and why I am conscious everyday puzzles me. What in my brain causes this?
The problem of consciousness is the most challenging quandary for philosophers, psychologists, computer scientists, neuroscientists, etc. The problem involves the brain and body, and David Chalmers suggests that it just might involve all of matter.
Mines the problem of consciousness in human beings - What, why, and how is consciousness possible?
Notes that the idea of consciousness seems crazy, and perhaps we need crazy solutions to figure out its nature. We have to think outside the box of normality in order to understand something that simply is not normal.
Progress is being made in all of the mind sciences towards an understanding of consciousness, but we are still a long way off from fully understanding what makes us essentially human.
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The Remarkable Human Brain Has Few Limits
Darin's notes: A study of cognitive linguistics in graduate school led me to a fascination with how our brain works, and it is surprising how much we have learned in just the last decade.
While few ideas are certain in neuroscience, our knowledge of how the brain work grows exponentially, tremendous advances made daily.
As a superhero in neuroscience Kurzweil looks to the past and to the future to glimpse where our brains are headed. His idea are controversial, but plausible.
Mines the past to see the growth of the neocortex in animals and the prefrontal cortex in humans - the areas responsible for our powerful ability to think, reason, and speculate.
Notes that the future promises a smooth integration between the human brain and technology embedded to maximize the synthesis of thought and the mass knowledge storage of technology. The combination of neural modules and nanotechnology promise a human brain superior to both neurons and bites.
Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ...
Mines the profundity of sound and meaning in language, joyful, playful, and painful.
Notes that everyone has a creative side, who longs to have expression. Creativity can change the lives of people, empowering them with words. The poems Sara recites are deeply moving and difficult to explain. She is story, poetry, and performance all in one. She will leave you thinking and feeling, the best thing that TED speakers can do.
Sarah draws you into her world and allows you, helps you to look around. She pokes and prods, then tickles. She is an amazing person and experience.
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Andrew Fitzgerald: Adventures in Twitter fiction
Mines the way that new forms of media create unique methods of storytelling, focusing on the current status and potential of stories on Twitter.
Notes that radio and television generated new mediums of story telling because of the unique features that each had. For example, traditional storytelling on radio morphed into a blend of rehearsed lines and live action recording, capturing the spontaneity of the moment.
Similarly, Twitter is giving rise to new stories told in unique ways. The author Jennifer Eagan, for example, collaborated with The New Yorker to tell stories in the evening, one tweet, 140 words at a time. The experience of reading a short story in a paced and segmented way is far different than sitting down to read a story in a magazine from start to finish.
Other authors have experimented successfully with writing novels, segmented into Tweets that readers follow as they are posted. The sequential novel Wolf began this way and turned into an episode 60,000 words long because of its success.
Potential for new formats still exist and are only limited by the creativity of authors and publishers.
Darin's Note: While Fitzgerald focused only on English, in Japan, for example, Twitter novels are already very popular, many times dominating best seller lists. It's interesting to think about why they have taken off more quickly in Japan than in English speaking countries.
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