[A Repost] A Single Story | A TedTalk

As human beings, perspective is something that constantly limits us in our ability to understand the world and our ability to empathise with others who don’t have similar perspectives. In this TedTalk, the speaker Ms. Adichie details some stories in her life that led to false expectations and false realities in her own life. I think this is very relevant today when we are often blinded by “a single story”. In psychology, this is called the representative heuristic where the most available example of one thing is taken to represent the whole of that thing. This thing can be a race of people, it can be a place or it can even represent things like political and economic systems. When you only hear one perspective about a thing and it’s the only story you hear, then your knowledge is incomplete and you risk making serious mistakes based on your incomplete knowledge, one of which is your choice in what to vote for. Be informed and seek out sources besides news to inform your choices.

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Blurb #5

Everyone is simultaneously blind, deaf, unable to touch or taste or smell. All that everything everyone is is just a brain. A fragile organ in a bone cage, trying to make sense of the world around it through a body that operates through the rules set not by logic or design but by the chance of nature. 

Blurb #4: Capturing CO2

Can we use the excess CO2 on Earth into fizzy drinks? I think that the CO2 in soda is from power plants and factories and that sort of thing but can we harness this greenhouse gas from other places? For example, with car exhaust and the like. Even if that’s not helping the emissions problem, it’s like a self-perpetuating debt; the payment just keeps getting delayed. With so much soda being consumed every day, there are plenty of places to put CO2 in without releasing it directly into the air. Just a thought. 

On the Soapbox: Hurricane Season

This isn’t the best time for a “I told you so” in regards to the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean and the ones coming up along the US’s southern coast. However, it is also the best time before people start blaming lesbians and gays for God’s supposed wrath. In fact, they’ve already started so I might as well.