The rantings of a curious man in a very strange world

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ruling the World

A conversation with a good friend of mine got me to thinking about how governments form and grow, spread and eventually die out. Then my imagination really kicked in and I started thinking about the classic villain whose goal is to "Rule the World."
Imagine trying to keep things running, even if you went for the oppressive dictatorship managing the entire globe would be so much work that even if you had the title of ruling the world you would be so overwhelmed with work that you couldn't take much pleasure in it. Saying that you would have servants do that for you also makes it a moot point as managing them and making sure the decisions you would make and enforced would be a full time job.
Personally, ruling the world sounds like too much work for a person to enjoy, unless they are workaholics. Perhaps all the villains wanted were steady jobs and intellectual stimulation, though if they have enough genius to coordinate a hostile take-over of the world they should have the common sense that they could find the same work load by applying for a job in the tech industry. I'm sure tech is cruel enough to meet their moral standards.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sociology

I had a very enlightening sociology lecture today, the image that hit me the hardest is that if Facebook was a country, it would be the fourth largest in the world.
We live in an era of electronic communication beyond anything we would have expected at the beginning of this millennium. Today in the age a single person can go onto their computer and communicate with any of their fellow internet users which constitute around a fifth of the planet.
But still that is a lot of power that is controlled by corporations, whose legal obligation is to make money. Is that something we really want?

Monday, January 24, 2011

World Peace

Hello All,
It has been a while since I posted about my peace efforts. College has been good this term so far, keeping me busy. However I had something of a revelation, so I am kicking my efforts for world peace into high gear. If you want to be a part of this you will have to approach me IN PERSON, i don't want idle promises or extra baggage. Those who want to be a part of this will need to work to join in this secret effort.
-Duncan

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Myer Briggs

Early on in the school year I met a very eccentric young woman, whom with I have become good friends with. The primary reason we hit it off so well, despite coming from incredibly different worlds and her career choices (military then business) are things that I openly disdain, is that she could tell me exactly who I was almost better than I could within an hour of talking to me. She quickly introduced me to the Myer Briggs personality type indicator, a system that you can use to evaluate how a person acts and receive a moderately accurate description of how they make decisions.
Now since the systems creation it has been considered wrong by many, either because it isn’t narrow enough in its description or because it is too narrow, ironically the system also can tell you which personalities are more likely to think which of those two ideas. Whether or not it actually is universally correct doesn’t matter, as it acts as an extremely useful tool for social interaction. Once I have identified an individual’s personality type I know how I should approach interaction with them, avoid stepping on their toes and how to get on their good side.
There are those who would say utilizing the Myer Briggs system is unethical in any situation besides self-evaluation, but we I would have to argue that it is simply a way to categorize traits we see in people even without the system. Perhaps giving the knowledge of how everyone reacts is dangerous in the more manipulative personalities, but it also provides the less intuitive a way of identifying those who would manipulate them, how to work well with people and how to see who people are behind their outward persona. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Return from the Holidays

Greetings World, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season I certainly did. With the holidays over and myself having settled back into school I am feeling revived and ready for a new year. Updates should be happening more often, though if I end up getting a job that could slow down, either way I will work to update more consistently.
                Speaking of jobs I am currently applying for a resident advisor position at the University of Oregon. Last term I filled the position of counselor, supervisor and organizer in my hall and if I can get paid for my work that would be amazing. Coming back from Portland has given me a new interest in school, less overwhelmed with work and the future I foresee a better term.