a lot of people talk like capitalism is necessary to have innovation and I just think of all the brilliant and creative people I know who spend all of their time and energy worrying about how they’re going to have a roof over their heads and food to eat. capitalism doesn’t drive innovation, it stifles it and shackles it to the endlessly wasteful machinery of exploitation.

Post all the Gaza info you want

But until motherfuckers want to gather in the streets by the millions, and shut down the major US cities, then the information anyone share seems to be nothing more than jouissance* within first world guilt.

*I mean this in a Lacanian sense. Taken from wikipedia:

Yet the result of transgressing the pleasure principle, according to Lacan, is not more pleasure but pain, since there is only a certain amount of pleasure that the subject can bear. Beyond this limit, pleasure becomes pain, and this “painful principle” is what Lacan calls jouissance.[6] Thus jouissance is suffering (ethics) — something which may be linked to the influence of the erotic philosophy of Bataille, epitomised in Lacan’s remark about “the recoil imposed on everyone, in so far as it involves terrible promises, by the approach ofjouissance as such”.[7] Lacan also linked jouissance to the castration complex,[8] and to the aggression of the death drive.

In other words, people enjoy make themselves and others feel like shit.  More than half of them would rather share a link than take a day off from their lives to rally in the streets.  It is really incredibly sad and is a major cause of my relapsed depression.

The Appleseed Cast - Rooms and Gardens

That question “What is your favorite song.” brings up so many different answers for me, but there is no song that has given me as many goosebumps or tears as this one.

sowed a broken blue ocean with old wire hands.

found in vacant lots the lonely shells of flowered plans.

outside there for nothing.

wives and lovers in ageless sorrow.

on now to the wasted rooms

and gardens and stricken yards.

sight now changing.

sorrow building.

light now leaving.

our lives ending 

Some guy on Reddit tried to say that the freeing of slaves in America didn’t happen because of Philosophy, but by brute force and political action.

Did philosophy not influence the actions of those who fought, or the ones who pushed for and developed new policies?  Did they not frame their beliefs based on asking a philosophical question?

Before this year, I was not very aware of the amount of people who had such negative views on philosophy.  The thread I was reading was about scientists and the main issues they have of philosophy.  It was a very sad thread.  People who have dipped their toes into philosophy, or gone as far as wetting their feet, seem to find the subject to be completely useless.  That kind of attitude towards something that is so fundamental to the development and evolution of human consciousness (aside from biology) is alarming to me, and I don’t understand it.

The myth of 10% brain usage

I sort of forgot that there are people who still believe their brains are never working to its fullest abilities.

Due to the incredible plasticity of our brains, everyone has the potential to improve upon the person they are.  It is sad that there are people who ignore that ability, because in order to change takes a certain amount of work.  It takes discipline and patience.  Those are things that are never taught to us in school, but are necessary tools for life and learning.  Whenever we question what an education actually is, we should keep this in mind when defining the framework for a complete education reform.

NPR Science: Sorry, Lucy: The Myth Of The Misused Brain Is 100 Percent False

  • If you went to the movie theater this weekend, you might've caught the latest Scarlett Johansson action movie called "Lucy." It's about a woman who develops superpowers by harnessing the full potential of her brain.
  • SCARLETT JOHANSSON: I'm able to do things I've never done before. I feel everything and I can control the elements around me.
  • UNIDENTIFIED MAN: That's amazing.
  • WESTERVELT: You've probably heard this idea before. Most people only use 10% of their brains. The other 90% of the basically dormant. Well, in the movie "Lucy," Morgan Freeman gives us this what-if scenario?
  • MORGAN FREEMAN: What if there was a way of accessing 100% of our brain? What might we be capable of?
  • DAVID EAGLEMAN: We would be capable of exactly what we're doing now, which is to say, we do use a hundred percent of our brain.
  • WESTERVELT: That is David Eagleman.
  • EAGLEMAN: I'm a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine.
  • WESTERVELT: And he says, basically, all of us are like Lucy. We use all of our brains, all of time.
  • EAGLEMAN: Even when you're just sitting around doing nothing your brain is screaming with activity all the time, around the clock; even when you're asleep it's screaming with activity.
  • WESTERVELT: In other words, this is a total myth. Very wrong, but still very popular. Take this clip from an Ellen DeGeneres stand-up special.
  • ELLEN DEGENERES: It's true, they say we use ten percent of our brain. Ten percent of our brain. And I think, imagine what we could accomplish if we used the other 60 percent? Do you know what I'm saying?
  • DAVID SPADE: Let's say the average person uses ten percent of their brain.
  • WESTERVELT: It's even in the movie "Tommy Boy."
  • SPADE: How much do you use? One and a half percent. The rest is clogged with malted hops and bong residue.
  • WESTERVELT: Ariana Anderson is a researcher at UCLA. She looks at brain scans all day long. And she says, if someone were actually using just ten percent of their brain capacity...
  • ARIANA ANDERSON: Well, they would probably be declared brain-dead.
  • WESTERVELT: Sorry, "Tommy Boy." No one knows exactly where this myth came from but it's been around since at least the early 1900's. So why is this wrong idea still so popular?
  • ANDERSON: Probably gives us some sort of hope that if we are doing things we shouldn't do, such as watching too much TV, alcohol abuse, well, it might be damaging our brain but it's probably damaging the 90 percent that we don't use. And that's not true. Whenever you're doing something that damages your brain, it's damaging something that's being used, and it's going to leave some sort of deficit behind.
  • EAGLEMAN: For a long time I've wondered, why is this such a sticky myth?
  • WESTERVELT: Again, David Eagleman.
  • EAGLEMAN: And I think it's because it gives us a sense that there's something there to be unlocked, that we could be so much better than we could. And really, this has the same appeal as any fairytale or superhero story. I mean, it's the neural equivalent to Peter Parker becoming Spiderman.
  • WESTERVELT: In other words, it's an idea that belongs in Hollywood.