Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Question this


    Even the scientific literacy and statistical model being shown in the MOOC talk has a focused point. The comparison made between developed countries and developing countries has guided us to agree that most of the consumptions in energy, fuel and resources are by developed countries even though they hold only 30% of the world population.

    The equation~> Population x Consumption per person x Technological Impact per unit of Consumption = Environmental Impact of Population.

    The explanation being made about Commons, how 'any situation of unregulated open access is unsustainable' has made a linkage to the popular quote by Herbert Stein, 'that which is not sustainable will end'

     With all these examples I have mentioned above, this is something I would like to conclude as Ubiquitous Assimilation, the concept of always absorbing everything everywhere all the time.
This triggers one to question how opinions are supposed to be made when images are always provided for you.  With the question also being asked during the MOOC talk on who controls information and who controls the truth, it comes down to sphere of influence.

    Its majorly what catches people's attention. It it more likely that a person would give attention to news that are provided by a familiar source rather than a random source where one might feel it is out of their comfort zone. In the end, what truly matters is whether the person cares enough to put effort in engaging with the different types of news that are generously being provided to them.
Having an open mind and a strong knowledge background would help the situation as well.

Education can counteract the natural tendency to do the wrong thing, but the inexorable succession of generations requires that the basis for this knowledge be constantly refreshed. 
-cited from http://www.sciencemag.org/content/162/3859/1243.full


  1. You mentioned something in this post, "sphere of influence," that as I read had my mind racing. The term (I feel you just created) is the basic answer for the hardest question to answer: Why? A person's "sphere of influence" is everything to do about how they function. From the simplest thing, like dialect, to more complex things like their personal feelings about right vs wrong. It all comes down to "sphere of influence" because in today's world the most impressionable, new-borns, have no control over their environment for a quite a few years. They are simple a product of their surroundings. I feel that your term "sphere of influence" deserves its on MOOC topic discussion.

  2. I agree with what you are saying completely. Our society now is pretty much the sum of generational prejudices and morals. What is being taught, observed, manipulated and brought down molds our ideology. It is very hard to find someone who has a completely different take in life. Even with that, there has to be a reason why that person thinks differently; ultimately concluding to 'sphere of influence.' In other words, the inspirational guidance to the development of principles.