Sunday, October 15, 2006

Philosophy and Uncommon Sense V1.9

Those of us in Malaysia will be aware that during the past 1-2 weeks, a very sad thing happened where uncommon sense prevailed over academic research. Some background info for those in the dark:

i) A local think-tank organisation published some research with regards to possible equity holding by a certain segment of our society to highlight some discrepancies between official statistics and they own findings

ii) A senior politician in the ruling party described the findings by the organisation as "rubbish" with the help of the mainstream media with no logical explanation nor counter-arguments

iii) The head of the think-tank organisation backdown on its findings and admitted to flaws in its research and results

iv) A senior member of the team from the think-tank organisation defended his findings but resigned immediately as possibly a show of protest

So, we have here in our society:

a) Dissent is unacceptable
b) Logic and reason shall not prevail over rhetorical ideas
c) Official voice is the only "correct" voice
d) Counter-arguments are not required if you speak from an official standpoint

A very sad week indeed for rational and logical thoughts/ ideas ;-(

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Food for thought

What we are never changes ... who we are never stops changing.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Philosophy and Uncommon Sense V1.8

"At Mensa's 50th Anniversary, Dr. Ware, one of the founders, accosted Mensans by stating that he hoped "Mensa will have a role in society when it gets through the ages of infancy and adolescence." He also said, "I do get disappointed that so many members spend so much time solving puzzles," expressing his desire for Mensans instead to be solving some of the world's problems. "

A quote I received from someone posted on a recent e-mail.

So where does that leave us? Well we can start by using our brains more often. Question our politicians more often. Don't let the general public be misled most of the time by incorrect news reporting, news blog, facts and figures, statistics, false news etc. This I believe can be contributed by many fellow mensans here. We don't have to save the world by becoming a Superman. The root cause for many of the world's problem is that we leave thinking to the media, politicians, think-tank organisations, universities and forget that we are part of the problem and solution as well. I know its not so simple, but we have to start somewhere and where else but to highlight where and how our society is managed.

Last week, I encountered two very contrasting business news reporting between MAS (the Malaysian National Airline) and SIA (the Singapore National airline). The MAS one read something like this "We will not be affected by the delay in the delivery of the Airbus A380 aircraft" whilst the one from SIA read "We will be seeking compensation for late delivery of the aircraft". Many here would have probably heard about the A380 aircraft from Airbus which is a 500 seater jet which is due for delivery in this next 1 year or so being the largest commercial passenger carrier to fly the skies in near future.

My question to MAS is very simple, if the new planes were not bringing in new business (i.e. not affected response) why buy it in the first place? Not being affected by late delivery would merely imply that the new businesses from this plane are not factored into the existing business model of MAS. Whereas SIA on the other hand, is going after the manufacturers for late delivery.

Our world would certainly be a better place if our money is held accountable by those holding it in trust. My 2 cents for this weekend!

For those interested in basic book about how not be to misled, read the following:

i) Crime Against Logic-Jamie Whyte
ii) Nonsense-Robert J Gula

Friday, October 06, 2006

Gaia Theory, the Noosphere and GaiaMind

Gaia Theory, the Noosphere and GaiaMind

Gaia Theory was originally proposed as The Gaia Hypothesis by James Lovelock in 1972 in a paper titled, Gaia as seen through the atmosphere, and popularized in the 1979 book, Gaia: a new look at life on earth. The scientific hypothesis proposes that the whole Earth behaves like one self-regulating organism wherein all of the geologic, hydrologic, and biologic cycles of the planet mutually self-regulate the conditions on the surface of the Earth so as to perpetuate life.

I coined the term GaiaMind in 1996 to describe a variation on an idea first suggested by Teilhard de Chardin in 1955 in "Le Phenomene Humain", namely that the whole of the Earth is conscious, or more accurately, is in the process of becoming self-conscious, and that collectively we and our technology essentially are that process. Teilhard called this phenomenon the noosphere - derived from the same root as the words biosphere, lithosphere etc. However, that version of the idea, as first put forward by Teilhard, often tended to emphasize our separation and departure from nature, as if each stage transcends and supersedes the previous one. This version of the idea of emergent global consciousness has become widespread with the advent of computers and the Internet, but has also often been criticized as focusing on technology at the expense of nature, as if the two are inherently antagonistic. By contrast, the term GaiaMind is intended to emphasize our continuing connection to nature and that the whole process is fundamentally an expression of the living Earth, as a totality, becoming self-aware and self-conscious rather of man, or humanity alone, doing so through technology.


Jim Fournier

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Return

An email came into my mailbox from IO. It's true, the blog has long been forgotten, so forgotten that I couldnt even recall my password. The novelty just wore off after a while. Seems to be current contributions, but they look more like articles than blogs. Lunch break is over, back to the grindstone...

Monday, October 02, 2006

Are You Left Brained or Right Brained?

You Are 50% Left Brained, 50% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

are you a paranoid schizophrenic?

You Are 20% Paranoid Schizophrenic

You're so far from paranoid schizophrenic...
you probably found this quiz to be quite amusing.