Monday, July 30, 2012

What do YOU need to be saved from?

What happened to "Venimus, Vidimus, Perfecimus Eventus Accommodatos?"

Research May Teach Rodents to Detect Explosives

Hmmm. What kind of research do you suppose would teach people to go, see & make a more perfect union?

The kind NOT supported by our mil/industrial complex?  Nor by our banksters lobby?

Do we have to save THEM from themselves too?

If so, do we need a rescue plan for every one of the ~19,000 NAICS industry codes? :(

What, exactly, do YOU need to be saved from? Do we need a real time database to track it all and schedule interventions?  WikiInterventia?

Or have we run out of money for that too?


Anonymous said...

Found this The Long Shadow of Ordoliberalism


In its attempts to rescue the euro, Germany is often seen as the odd country out. It blocks constructive solutions with its resistance to either using ECB funds or creating sufficiently large rescue mechanisms for indebted countries and banks, all while insisting on pronounced austerity. However, what is seldom understood abroad is that the German position is about more than limiting its own fiscal exposure.

Clonal said...

You might be interested in watching this documentary - I Am Fishead: Are Corporate Leaders Psychopaths?

It is a well-known fact that our society is structured like a pyramid. The very few people at the top create conditions for the majority below. Who are these people? Can we blame them for the problems our society faces today? Guided by the saying “A fish rots from the head” we set out to follow that fishy odor. What we found out is that people at the top are more likely to be psychopaths than the rest of us.

Who, or what, is a psychopath? Unlike Hollywood’s stereotypical image, they are not always blood-thirsty monsters from slasher movies. Actually, that nice lady who chatted you up on the subway this morning could be one. So could your elementary school teacher, your grinning boss, or even your loving boyfriend.

The medical definition is simple: A psychopath is a person who lacks empathy and conscience, the quality which guides us when we choose between good and evil, moral or not. Most of us are conditioned to do good things. Psychopaths are not. Their impact on society is staggering, yet altogether psychopaths barely make up one percent of the population.

Through interviews with renowned psychologist Professor Philip Zimbardo, leading expert on psychopathy Professor Robert Hare, former President of Czech Republic and playwright Vaclav Havel, authors Gary Greenberg and Christopher Lane, professor Nicholas Christakis, among numerous other thinkers, we have delved into the world of psychopaths and heroes and revealed shocking implications for us and our society.

Roger Erickson said...

Which is why there's a periodic drift back to democracy, when all the psychopathy doesn't scale.

Teamwork is simply associative group learning of when & how to respond to very subtle & signal patterns - patterns that look slightly different to every member of a group.

Here's my simplest summary, so far - of "return on coordination".

Complex systems advance via practice at exploring their options,

going through 4 process stages of agile exploration of options.

These simple principles can be taught and practiced.

1) Group success "follows the quality [& tempo] of distributed decision-making"
USMC on Warfighting

2) Groups "generate tempo by decentralizing decisionmaking"
USMC on Campaigning

3) "Groups decentralize decision-making by distributing resources well enough to explore distributed options."
(We teach, provide, & give time for study & practice.)

4) Groups continually prioritize decentralized decisions by distributing feedback well enough to align all actions with net benefit.

This ain't rocket science. Ancestors of every surviving species figured this out over 1 million years ago. We should have all students know this by 5th grade, not just members of sports teams.

ps: Physicists call this "reverse-entropy" [basically, energy will find a way to get stored locally]

Ecologists call this "auto-catalysis" [any mechanism for cooperatively storing energy will create a sink for attracting & capturing the partners; a "probability of reinforcement" gradient; like any critter hanging around a food source]