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Prejudice and Genocentricism

Are we surrendering our ability to nurture growth and positive development based on a science of limitation, an alleged nature? 

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GENES SHOULD NOT BECOME THE MEMES OF DISCRIMINATION 

We should strive for a more encompassing,
systems-based epigenetic perspective.

I was recently interviewed in the Thought As Progress podcast to discuss the parallels between GENOCENTRIC views and PREJUDICE. If you are interested, please check it out.

In the words of Susan Wolfe,
“The current explosion of genetic knowledge and the rapid proliferation of genetic tests has rightly provoked concern that we are approaching a future in which people will be labeled and disadvantaged based on genetic information. Indeed, some have already suffered harm, [exemplified by] the denial of health insurance…Too much discussion of genetic disadvantage proceeds as if scholars of race and gender had not spent decades critiquing and developing anti-discrimination theory.”

Thought As Progress – Podcast #6 – Sergio Alchamist ft. Karina Saravia
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Podcast link: http://thoughtasprogress.com/2013/11/20/podcast-6-genetic-determinism-epigenetics-predisposition-featuring-karina-saravia/ 

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Setting a Speed Limit in the Information Super Highway

The Internet is changing the political, the legal and the societal infrastructure at large. As the Internet becomes more and more widespread around the world, and as more and more people become avid Internet users, governmental and private agencies are aiming to regulate content (Internet Censorship). A speed limit is being set in the Information Super Highway—but what should the speed limit be? How can restrictions and censorship be placed upon such a revolutionary vehicle for communication and expression? Is it necessary? Moreover, how can principles of free speech within democratic nations be not suffer from these restrictions How can freedom be unscathed by Internet censorship? This dilemma raises many issues and is yielding little, if any, resolution at the current moment. The Middle East, North America and east and central Asia are among the nations that have begun to put speed limit signs up on Internet freedom (Internet Censorship).

History teaches us that where there is law and restriction, there are those who are ready to oppose and disobey it. The Internet censorship quandary is arousing the interest of rebels with a cause, primarily led by the efforts of the group Anonymous. This Internet activist group has been taking the censorship situation into their own hands by hacking into a series of websites and “temporarily disabling them to express their frustration towards banned sites and blocked contents” in India (Jason, 2013). They are also pushing the use of VPNs forth, allowing people to navigate through the Internet without constraint, in a concealed and secure fashion (Avinash, 2009). While this is one way to address the situation, it does not produce a viable, long-term solution. 

Human civilization is settling into a techno-social ecology. The Internet is probably the most eminent system of communication humanity has encountered. This dynamic cyber network is rapidly changing, morphing, evolving– and the human race symbiotically engaged along side it. Still, it is far, far from a virtual utopia. 

Will this vehicle become a road block? How much will we be restricted? What liberties will we lose? Will we become prisoners of our own device? Most importantly, how can we regulate something we can hardly understand? 

We need to ask the right questions before we can begin to even consider answers. 

 

References:

Avinash. (2009 SEP 13). Top 15 free VPN for secure Anonymous Surfing. Retrieved from: http://avinashtech.com/15-best-free-vpn-for-secure-anonymous-surfing/

Internet Censorship. (n.d). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship

Jason. (2013 APR 25) Anonymous retaliates against internet censorship in India. Realismbdo. Retrieved from:http://realismbdo.blogspot.com/2013/04/anonymous-retaliates-against-internet.html

Common Courtesy

I am generally a nice person. I really believe this.

After all, I think anything you fail to believe in entirely lacks reality and I carry my “nice” quality like a catholic carries a rosary.

Still, I must reiterate that I am, “GENERALLY” a nice person.

Yes, yes; “generally” is the key word. Truth of the matter is, no matter how “nice” or “good” my intentions are I can often be quite the bitch. And yes, sometimes, my intentions may not be so “good”. Ultimately however, I am genuinely a whole-hearted individual that is fed up with all the hurt and destruction this world manifests. Thus, I have and am continuing to make a conscious effort to do the opposite. I am making a conscious effort to emit positivity and goodness, no matter how much something or someone is getting on my nerves.

As one would imagine, this is much easier said than done. People have idiotic tendencies, and although I am no Da Vinci or Einstein, I am by no means an idiot either. I breathe in knowledge and attempt to exhale artistry. Intellect and creativity are my life force, and when people demean them, I feel as though they are demeaning the essence of who I am. People simply suck sometimes. How then should I respect them? F*CK THEM! Right?!

This is a dangerous place to be. Bad, bad wave length within the spectrum! This is what I like to call: the self-righteous pedestal. Far from self-confidence. Far from love for one’s self. This is separation. Down right and utter severance of a plausibly worthy experience or connection to another human being.

The fact of the matter is we are all stupid in our own right. Trial and error, hypothesis and test, failure, experimentation—all part of our nature, our essence. So, if you are “smart” enough to notice “stupidity,” I say: GET OFF YOUR F*CKING PEDESTAL. All we can do is bear to learn from the darkness of stupidity to seek to reach the light at the other side.

Have the common sense to acknowledge the fact that people have different eyes. Have the common sense to acknowledge the fact that people will never truly see what you see. But more, have the COMMON COURTESY to acknowledge the fact that people are people, just like you—no matter how differently they see.

So, be kind. Be nice. Be wise.

🙂

As Fiona would say,

“The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do”

Is Capitalism Becoming Nature’s Disease?

In an interview with Bill Moyers, American journalist Chris Hedges highlights the inherent flaws of our political and social infrastructures, as detailed in his book “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (Alhabbo, 2012). He primarily addresses the violence of capitalism (i.e., corporate power), how short-term profit comes at a long-term expense to the economy, to the environment, and to humanity at large. He states,

“There is no way to control corporate power. The system has broken down…and because of that we’ve all become commodities, just as the natural world has become a commodity that is being exploited, until it is exhausted or it collapses” (Alhabbo, 2012).

A recent report supports Hedges claims of the system’s inadequacies, finding that nearly half of the world’s food goes waste before it is eaten—an astounding “1.2-2bn tonnes” (Smithers, 2013). When put into perspective, it seems almost intuitive that mass production inevitably yields under consumption, which is simply not sustainable. Joi Ito, director MIT’s Media Lab, points out how the current aims of technological progress “emphasize the wrong priorities for development” in that they endeavor “efficiency” over “resilience” (Shankland, 2013). Moreover over, he believes that the exponential growth of technologies (e.g. Life enhancing biotechnologies, Kurzweil’s singularity) can be ecologically harmful in that their effects to the larger system or social-network are not being accounted for.

In their 1972 book “Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia”, French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari foreshadowed the shortcomings of a capitalist system, suggesting it ultimately led to a state of “psychological repression” and “social oppression” (Deleuze & Guattari, 1972). The current state of the economy, the environment, and human health attest to the fact the capitalism is faulty. We are sick. The system is sick. It is time reclaim our democracy and move away from our current delusion of freedom.

References:

Alhabbo. (2012). Chris Hedges Sits Down With Bill Moyers. Retrieved from  

Deleuze, G, Guattari, F. (1972). Anti-Œdipus. Vol. 1 of Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Trans. of L’Anti-Oedipe. Paris: Les Editions de Minuit. London and New York: Continuum.

Shankland, S. (2013). Ito: Think twice about immortality and the singularity. CNet News. Retrieved from http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57565860-76/ito-think-twice-about-immortality-and-the-singularity/

Smithers, R. (2013). Almost Half of the World’s Food Thrown Away, Report Finds. The Guardian. Retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jan/10/half-world-food-waste