Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Loudspeaker Effect

We know that people are different, they learn in different ways, they act in different ways, they have different motivations for the things they do. This known is an unknown when dwelling on the motives of individuals with extremist viewpoints that might wish harm to others. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease" and other sayings exist in our culture because of the loudspeaker effect - the willingness of people to listen to an idea that is being said or communicated just because an individual or group says or communicates said idea. We live in a world where being outspoken is highly valued and admired.

When we speak or write about the Loudspeaker Effect and how it impacts the silent majority we can begin to understand how this effect might affect those who are impressionable and just plain angry at the world - for example the school shootings that some of our communities here in the United States have endured. The negativity and Pessimism that is part and parcel of some media outlets and even some extremist religious groups here in the United States could very well be considered capable of turning "normal" people into weapons of extremism.

I feel that it is important that we as a country learn to turn to both our silent majority and our Loudspeaker minority and ask that we begin a culture of inclusion, a culture that seeks out a better understanding of others. A culture more tolerant of opposing viewpoints that isn't afraid of the harder discussions. If we really want to prevent school shootings, we can ban all guns, but growing up where I did, even my high school had it's wayward son. It was no gun that went off in a trash can that came very close to nearly killing our beloved band teacher when I was in high school. It would be my hope that a culture of inclusion would help temper these wayward sons in ways that banning anything just will not and cannot do.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Benedict Arnold or American Hero?

It is like the "Crazy Years" that Robert A. Heinlein wrote of are nearly over if we compared those years to now - the question is whether or not we will all get through them together as a country or if we will continue to allow petty differences drive unbreakable wedges between us. I, for one would prefer taking stock of where we are, how we got here - and where we're heading. I don't hold super high hopes for a political speech this late into his presidency, but I hope that President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address can do more to bring people together.

This country must have a time of "Healing" if we expect to move forward together and not divided. In 2001, a sense of Nationalistic Patriotism moved this country, bringing people together in ways that our daily civilian lives just do not. There was no national call for understanding each other - there was this open wound on the country, and we chose war. We chose to do things that may not be considered ethical by standards set forth by World Political Organizations. Bearing my share of that responsiblity is difficult enough - and I played no part except to keep an open mind and listen and watch from my home like most of us did. My only regret is that I didn't have any way of stopping it. I for one, am greatful for men like Edward Snowden, who may not have gone about what he did in the proper ways, but had the courage to step forward despite the very real risk to himself. If we look to comparing Snowden to that infamous traitor Benedict Arnold, here are my thoughts on that: Benedict Arnold was a bad man doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons, whereas Snowden was a good man doing what he thought were the right things for the right reasons. Benedict Arnold used his power to fight the very men he once fought with, whereas Edward Snowden blew the whistle on programs that the United States Government feared to let information out on.

I'd say he chose wisely imho.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Global Consciousness

Discretionary Reading Notice: This Writing is a mixture of Science Fiction (Philosophical Debate) and Science Fact writing. Any errors or ommissions are mine and mine alone.

"Once a photograph of the Earth taken from outside is available, a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose"
-Fred Hoyle, 1948.

Chapter 1

They say it much better over at The Mind Unleashed:

If you'd like to read my opinions, please carry on.

We spent so much time looking outward towards the Stars in the 50's, 60's, and 70's and then we took so much for granted in the 80's, 90's, and early 00's that should not be taken for granted. We forgot to take a look inward, to reflect on what is now called the Global Consciousness. Global Consciousness is the idea that we are all interconnected on a lonely island in the galaxy. Some have coined it a spaceship, so SpaceShip Earth, and others have quoted the earth as a battlefield, thus Battlefield Earth the title which is something that any man or woman can come up with if given the time and input - once he or she has accepted the fact that we are all in this together and fighting each other is just plain retarded, pardon the use of this derogatory term, but it's the only one strong enough to fit. Some matters are well worth the saying despite the fact that it may be unpopular. The fact of the matter is that many people in this world could stand to face some science facts as given by the astronauts and space men and women that have explored the inner reaches of our solar system. You can start to see the whole picture of "Global Consciousness" at this page:

If you never experience the "Overview" effect your view can be very limiting in nature - horizons of entire cultures must be updated by teaching each other the idea that at a bare minimum we must communicate the idea of "Global Consciousness" effectively. It is no longer a matter of when we all die together, but the fact of the matter is that Humanity will die together as we live together.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas 2014 Top 10 Science Fiction Flash Stories of 2015

Another Christmas under my belt as the Father of three growing boys,

Ages 11, 10, and 8. It is my Job as their Father to teach them to be

respectful to everyone and hopefully grow up with the knowledge,

learning, and critical thinking skills to grow from Young Adults to

Adults with the ability to make their own decisions and set their sail

in whichever direction the wind favors. I value hard work and try to

instill the value of whatever work they choose to set upon in them at

an early age. This way, when they shoot for the Stars and fall, those

around them will support, encourage, and direct them on their course.