Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Anything You Conceive And Believe You Can Achieve

"What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve" is one of Hill's hallmark expressions.

"In what do you truly believe?" According to Hill, 98% of people had few or no firm beliefs, and this alone put true success firmly out of their reach.

Persevering and then succeeding in spite of these obstacles using the Philosophy of Achievement, Hill stated, was the responsibility of every American.



My Way Back To England

I'm trying to work out my way back into England so I can do my work there, as it is there where I think it would have a better and more popular reception (if only through there being so many more people).

I am also trying to get there for reasons of the heart, England is the most beautiful country in the world and where my earliest (and pleasantest) memories are from. It is where I grew up from as early as I can remember until I was almost seven. That formative period has had an inestimable affect on my sense of England as home.


Fulfilment Via Contribution

Fulfilment without harm.

Contribution to what enables and grows all our fulfilment which is identified by whatever, wherever and whenever we see a need we believe we are able to fill without harm to others.

I see a need for this understanding and so I am filling it.


Alcohol, Drugs, Pain, Survival – Escape & Grow

They remove the weight of the world off your shoulders.

They help you survive the unsurvivable situation.

They remove the imperative to do something about it. And they cloud the mind's ability to achieve what that thing is.

Psychological pain. The damage.

Your family, your parents, may totally misunderstand you, not even care to understand you. So, look out for yourself, take care of yourself. Remove yourself as much as possible from the damaging situation and then validate yourself: contribute to whatever, wherever and whenever you see a need you believe you are able to fill, one that enables you to grow without harm to others.


Anti 'The Establishment'

The manifesto is anti 'the establishment', therefore, I'm not like to get much support from the establishment, to publish it or any other thing.


Gauging Fairness


Considerations about fairness fundamentally affect human behavior, but our understanding of the nature and development of people's fairness preferences is limited, in part because people often disagree on what is fair. For example, most adults believe that differences in individual achievements can justify unequal distributions of income, but they disagree on whether inequalities reflecting luck or efficiency considerations are fair or not. In a Report in the 28 May 2010 Science, Almås et al. used an economic exchange game to study how views of fairness and inequality develop during adolescence. The team tested Norwegian students from 5th grade to 13th grade and found that 5th graders expressed a preference for equal division of rewards, whereas 13th graders tolerated unequal outcomes, as long as they had been provided with evidence of unequal inputs. That is, the younger children were strict egalitarians, but the older ones tended toward meritocracy. The researchers suggest that more exposure to various achievement-based social activities, like sports, could be one of the reasons why older children shift toward a more merit-based stance. A related podcast segment featuring lead author Ingvild Almås discussed the work.

To illustrate how efficiency and individual achievements may justify an unequal distribution of resources, consider two children, Anne and Carla, who discuss how to divide a cake. Anne appeals to efficiency when she argues that total benefits are maximized by giving her the largest share because she enjoys cake the most. Carla appeals to individual achievements when she argues that she should have the largest share because her contribution to making the cake was the largest. The legitimacy of these, and other, fairness considerations has been extensively discussed in the philosophical literature, and such considerations are important for how people make decisions in a wide range of situations. For example, in the workplace, some may find it fair that a more productive colleague has a higher wage, and, in allocating public funds, some may find it fair to pay some attention to which projects produce the greatest total benefits for the population.

Disagreements over questions of fair distribution are fundamental in human life, and to get a better understanding of the sources of such disagreements, it is important to study how fairness views develop in childhood. The development of children’s fairness views has been extensively studied in the psychological literature and also, more recently, in the economic literature. It has been shown that, with age, young children tend to become less selfish in their reasoning and choices, whereas the evidence for adolescents is more mixed. Furthermore, with age, children tend to move from a strict egalitarian view toward fairness views taking into account individual contributions and circumstances.

'Gauging Fairness', SCIENCE (28 May 2010)


When The Student Is Ready

"When the student is ready, the teacher arrives." Confucius.

Wise guy Confucius. Quote found on Janice's 'attitude specialist' website.


News Story Abbreviations Alter Message

There is a story to be told about the way other newspapers articles are re-edited for re-publication in New Zealand newspapers: there is often an abbreviation of the original that alters the bent of the message.


Capital Owners Oppose Sharing Profits (Australia)

Article from Stuff (Wellington's Dominion Post):

Rio Tinto Raises Pressure Over Tax

Global miner Rio Tinto described Australia as its top sovereign risk and said it was reviewing all investments there as its raised pressure on Canberra to overhaul its planned new mining tax.

The comments from Rio Tinto, the country's biggest iron ore producer, helped drive the Australian dollar down against the greenback and the yen by more than 1 percent, on rising concerns that miners could deliver on their threats to pull investments.

"This is my number one sovereign risk issue on a global basis," Chief Executive Tom Albanese told reporters, noting that the tax, to be introduced in 2012, had set up the prospect of a long period of uncertainty which was corrosive to new investment.

"If we are dealing with a, say, two-year extended period of time... in that period, we'd be asking our managers to evaluate it on a worst-case basis," he said, adding that capital would shift in the meantime to other resource-rich nations like Canada.

His iron ore chief, Sam Walsh, added in the same briefing: "We are facing an extended period of uncertainty here and that in itself is a bad thing in that it's delaying projects."

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd unveiled the tax this month, arguing the government was not receiving its fair share of the resources boom, which helped the economy avoid recession during the global financial crisis, and now threatens to overheat it.

Rudd has put the tax at the centre of his campaign to win re-election at polls expected around October. It is the cornerstone of his promise to return the fiscal budget to surplus by 2012/13, to cut the company tax rate and to indirectly fund another pledge to raise national retirement incomes.
But miners are waging a high-stakes political campaign to have the tax defeated at the election or, if Rudd is returned to power, to at least negotiate substantial changes to it.

It is threatening to pull billions of dollars of investment, with iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group alone threatening to abandon $15 billion in new iron pre projects.

To date, though, no major project has formally been ditched.


Equal Privilege

What happened to all those would be artists, philosophers, writers and scientists who did not come from a privileged background?


Rage Against The Dying Of The Light

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas


Research Publicists (University)

This is what universities need – what is the point of post-graduate research if it is not publicised to make some change, if it just buried in the library catacombs?


Can Any Rule Be Fair In All Circumstances?

A rule of no whaling by any nation disadvantages much more greatly those nations that have always fished and eaten whales over those that have only ever exploited them for a brief period for oil or blubber (or not at all).