Statistics: re-perceived and re-comprehended.

Hello all,

Statistics are difficult to comprehend, to trust, to contextualise sometimes. In fact, accurately, some feel that they are almost counter-intuitive  disillusioned: they are based on data-sets that are then twisted for agendas because we are human.

The link (in ‘statistics’ above) is to a TED TALK video helping ‘fix’ the unreliability, uncertainty and incomprehension of them and their sources, which is brilliant.

 

ALSO there is another TED TALK on statistics which is somewhat funny; another helper for the perspective! 🙂 The preconceived ideas the lecturer is speaking of (when speaking about students) are called schemas’ in psychology (a package of ideas and images linked with one word/label/idea – e.g. pirates. You probably have a set of ideas and images about what pirates should or could look like, their ship, the outside and inside, that they have a ship, their character, clothes, language, ethnicity even gender – a set of preconceived ideas associated with one word. We do this with everything, which can be helpful and helps us semantically encode information, long term and perceive the world. But, the downside potentially, is that these perspectives can be wrong or out-dated. This can lead to or be, bias).

Dear US

Dear US,

-And whomever else is concerned,

With What Now?

Don’t panic. Don’t be scared. Trump’s in – and that may not be okay. No, it’s not. You’re right. But you know what? All you have got to do is… weather this storm. Hold out, set up camp, keep calm and carry on; keep a weather-eye (ergo keep watch, pay attention) but keep going and living. He’ll be out in five years- just don’t re-elect him.

Or any of his buddies, colleges, friends, sympathisers. That’s all you’ve got to do, on a ‘big scale’.

Five years, will feel maybe like a long, long time- depending on how harsh and ‘active’ he will be, depending on how many prejudiced policies he makes and manages to get through/is helped by e.g the Senate- but the point is, it’s really, really not. Long term. Heck, lifetime- wise, it’s not. By prejudiced policies, of course, I mean exactly that: the stuff aimed at minorities, the hate-crime/hate-group type of attitude that’s intolerant,  like it’s a parent trying to make the misbehaving child be disciplined…which it’s not, because it’s not a parent it’s more of a… fed-up random other-person commuter trying to vent at and/or on you, another person they don’t know and don’t want to understand because well they don’t feel like it. 

But another point is this: he’s one man. One.man with a campaign, backers, and some parts of a team and money. But that’s all. What you’ve got to remember is he’s still the establishment, he’s still the authority – and you are the people; don’t let him split you apart from e.g. a friend or neighbour, instantly, because one voted him and another didn’t. Maybe they regret it. Maybe they don’t. Maybe they did it because, well, they were angry and didn’t want Clinton/the establishment. WELL, well done. It’s done now, it’s over- my point here is, two-fold: ceasing to communicate with either faction will stop people who could move over from their side to yours from doing so because you’ve closed all the doors on them and locked them. On the other hand, some people may be ignorant racists. But you’ll never find out if you don’t let them speak- and listen- and then talk back and tell them e.g. how it was rash and more harmful to let a maniac egoist patriarchal misogynistic borderline-psychopathic racist elitist have the country because they didn’t like Clinton who lies (don’t most politicians- one way or another?).

Maybe get their media influence awareness up/their critical thinking skill set up, or empathy and mindfulness ones (too) to combat the (arguably) inherent negativity predisposition people have, which may be why so much anger/hate stirring worked ultimately for why some people voted Trump(1) – But this sentence is not the point. As I’m sure you’ll know.

As I’m sure you’ll know.

My second point, if you’re still wondering,  that is, is – actually after this one as I added this post thought: don’t give up. By no means am I saying begin crazy/scary anti-Trump rioting which will give way to looting violence and ultimately death and maybe civil war with people vs police enforcement and mass-migration . Not yet. If it gets really bad action may be the last resort. But I mean that you should, all of you, keep your eyes open, sit up and pay attention, because it’s not over yet, my dears. I am sorry to say. It’s also -to add to this- very important for you all to remember. If there is absolutely nothing else you will do, remember. Remember how you felt post-vote-results, the feelings of fear, disbelief, shock, being scared, your concerns; remember their context -and that they were with context, they mattered and were situationally accurate or aware- and that Trump made his campaign promises, not as ‘figures of speech’ but as real, true, word-for-word promises. They were/are/remain his thoughts, feelings and stances on various issues.

Why am I asking such a hard thing of you? How dare I; perhaps. But it’s of great import, so I must, at least, try and ask.

Because in the following months, perhaps years, Trump will be President. Now, there’s no denying that yes? So there’s no denying his power that comes with the role – and people of America who work for the papers and the online news blogs, other media shows and advertisements, for the posters and billboards, will perhaps, for one reason or another, attempt to encourage a pro-trump/’we have it so we should make him work’ (2)/ ‘it’s not as bad as you think’…general feel and the common feelings may well move from extreme anti-trump towards tolerance. Which would be the same as those original voters of the opposition that you so sincerely swear against! Or worse, because whilst some of them believe in these things, to some of you, it may no longer be a Big Deal. And that matters.

 

Be aware of what concessions -mental, internal and vocally- you make, dears. Please. It’s propoganda in the ‘nicest’ format: they may just want everyone to get along/not be afraid. See? The shift would not necessarily be so great if you aren’t aware of yourself moving down it. So, pay attention.

Finally – the notorious second point. Look out for each other: neighbours, classmates, friends-of-friends, family members (especially the weird ones or the odd=ones, now), the people who you ‘don’t really know’ but who seem nice if only you would talk to them…the grocer down the street or the guy who owns that fast-food restaurant that you all like to hang out in  afterschool. Help them, be friendly, kind- even a small kindness helps someone whose world just got a lot harder (see ‘white privilege tests on internet’ and your results if it helps not all caucasian people score highly; other’s do too, and I think it should just be…to ‘check your privilege’) Most of all, pay attention to those who waver- towards intolerance, hard-arse attitudes, who attempt to be ‘strict’ or overly professional; prejudice is a slippery slope to fall down as a lot of negative, vicious cycles wont to do…are. Give them a nudge. Make sure they’re aware how many people will potentially exclude from their lives for reasons that just don’t add up/aren’t worth it.

Don’t be scared, I hope you feel calmer now.

This letter is to all of you, in an attempt to if not be positive, then to encourage it- be positive assertive, be kind, be careful and aware – be safe and be good.

It matters.

With Love from a friend,

 

A UK citizen.

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Sources that- I- bothered-referencing/citing/whichever:

(1)  Suggestion that some voted ‘anti-establishment’ – which was Trump: Trump v Sanders, Telegraph

(2) We should make him work out our way – or in other words- “What we owe our country is to be receptive & to try to help him be the best president he can be”- National Review, Andrew McCarthy

And someone said to that: You can’t help someone who doesn’t want it. Who is not listening; is inflexible, strong-stanced, prejudiced and proud.

Nervous for later today…

Or: Tips on Donating Blood.

Hello, 

Later today (it is currently 2:07 AM), I am donating blood for the first time. It has been on my bucket LEAF list and I have wanted to do it. I’ve never done so before, obviously, and I find myself nervous. So, I got online and looked up some tips and research. Another fancy thing is you can find out your blood type too!

Eligibility etc:

Who can give blood? Here is a list of factors.

If you are anemic can you give blood? Here’s your answer (according to NHS Choices) and on this link explains a bit more about the process, helpfully; but also be aware increasingly centres are turning away anemic’s or people who would become so from donating (source: Google – automated answers).

If you have decided it is safe for you to donate(If you have decided it is safe for you to donate(both ways; for yourself and the patient/s):

Before Donating: 

  • Drink an extra 16oz of water or non-alcoholic fluids before the donation
  • Try and get a good nights sleep
  • Longer term: try to make sure (if you’re not already) to eat iron rich foods – red veggies like beetroot, red cabbage, cranberry juice, pomegranates, red meats, fish, chicken, beans, leafy greens like spinach and iron-fortified cereals and raisins.
  • Eat a good meal before your donation

During Your Donation

  • Be practical – wear clothing that allows access to your elbows.
  • Communicate- let them know if you have a preferred arm.

Personally, I do not like having blood taken from my arm; so I will ask if they could do so from my hands. Will get back to you on that. 

  • Be prepared
  • …to Relax- If this means bring headphones and music, a book, your phone, talking to other donors, feel free.
  • Recieve- There should be a refreshments area, so enjoy a snack and drink immediately after- will help you.
  • And just prepared: (I’m not sure where this only applies; will amend later if it’s not applicable to the UK) bring your donor card, driver’s licence, and two other forms of ID.

Aftercare

[Copied from RedCrossBlood dot org]

  • “Drink an extra four (8 ounce) glasses of liquids and avoid alcohol over the next 24 hours.
  • Remove the wrap bandage (if you had one put on your arm) within the next hour.
  • Keep the strip bandage on for the next several hours.
  • To avoid a skin rash, clean the area around the strip bandage with soap and water.
  • Do not do any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for the rest of the day.
  • If the needle site starts to bleed, apply pressure to it and raise your arm straight up for about 5-10 minutes or until bleeding stops.
  • If you experience dizziness or lightheadedness after donation, stop what you are doing and sit down or lie down until you feel better. Avoid performing any activity where fainting may lead to injury for at least 24 hours.”

There is a cool video (at least for the UK- sorry, not assuming it’s the same process/procedure anywhere else) on the Journey of the donation.

Sources:

NHS Blood and Transplant

American Red Cross

 

Things We Should Talk About

Or: Postmodern Society Issues

This post has been a long time coming. Let me begin with that. 

As a person attempting to gain a wider perspective, I obviously began with my own, new experiences, relevant to my question, and then thought on experiences exposed in snippets of conversation from family and friends, and then searched the internet with more questions.

Still interested?

All right, then. My question – began with thoughts on whether or not it was a clever idea to collectively not teach or perhaps better worded: decide, to collectively not teach, people about religion. As in the ‘main five’ religions/faiths. Now, don’t get me wrong – there is nothing wrong with not being of a religion. In fact I should say the main ‘seven’ faiths(atheism and agnosticism included); because my learnt definition of a religion is that which affects a person’s morals, belief-system/main belief, what they think about the world and their place in it. That is their faith; their religion; their body(School?)-of-thought. In fact, being honest- I am Hindu, but I am also a believer of Science, of rationality, of psychology (not Scientology though)…

Back on-point: was it smart? Why would a society choose to do this? What was gained? What was lost? To me, as a person, I felt that this was dangerous and disagreed for a number of reasons. To deny a person knowledge means they can’t make informed decisions, yes? To have knowledge is not a bad thing. It is a good thing- an example being that people by nature/habit, seem to be afraid of things we know nothing/rumours about, right? Fear of the unknown, for example, was something played upon a lot in the Gothic genre, and made it quite the hit – even now, because some of those societal fears of the unknown, still are. 

Another thing that happens when people are scared/unknowing, is that they feel like they can’t empathise, or sympathise; looking at it that way, tell me how that wouldn’t alienate (which has been observed in children, in adults, in workplaces, in society – historically, there was a progression something like this in England, for example: gender -women could not work, they were objects in the household, the weaker sex, seen and not heard-, age -children and the old-, race – one by one as people came over- and then sexual orientation – gay, lesbian, bisexual, and then gender identity – and none of them have completely gone away). So, can you honestly consider the merits and demerits of education -this time religious/faith-based and therefore somewhat cultural ignorance, not causing alienation or a rise in anxiety and tensions in a multi-cultural society when there are issues from a specific label elsewhere in the world?

As opposed to societies that have taught and explained these things, that can then squabble and debate and talk about what they think without everyone getting up-in-arms about it. Yes, sometimes when talking you have to be considerate and careful not to be crass, or harsh – unless the latter you mean- but that’s because you can be harmful otherwise. We can still talk about problems elsewhere and not be defensive, or break into labels-of-origin. I do not look at a problem in the news, turn to my flat mates for example and think ‘oh, that one is Made in China’ or ‘India’ or ‘Dubai’ and think I can not ask – can not bring up this issue, these questions because I will be faced with nationalism/fascism/self-righteous anger/beliefs. No, I honestly do not have these worries. Because we are a step away from these scenarios; this is our home, our people are here – and yes, the people over there are ours too, in a sense, but why be angry someone is curious, seeking out knowledge, to learn, to self-educate? This is encouraged.

 

Do you see why I find such an inverse of culture so horrendous? It’s potential for self harm – in the face of a world that encourages increasingly, education, how can ignorance help? Think: if this was about sex education, would you encourage that not knowing about sex would act as a deterrent for sex? Or sexual diseases? No. So why is the same reasoning applied in America (And wherever else – parts of the UK, seem to think it’s not important to teach about other religions). How can you understand other people, or feel comfortable in other countries if you have no basis for how to treat them respectfully and vice versa? In my perception, all this is achieving in (my opinion again- correct me if you know better, suggest for other ideas) attempting to fight religious extremism, is making people more susceptible to it – or vulnerable to scaremongering/hate/prejudice.

To give you an example, I had a friend whom honestly had no idea about any religion other than Christianity -she wanted to know what the others were like, because she was aware how unaware, how lacking, she was- and how unable to cope with or behave with other people, and she felt awkward. So I explained as best I could – starting with basic information on how to generally not insult anyone, and we eventually worked our way up to other aspects of other religions, because she was so fascinated. But that did not change her beliefs; it helped her understand others. How can understanding be bad?

There are so many more arguments I can make for why it makes sense to educate – or offer education on these subjects- and on how uneasy the idea makes me; I can make allusions to communism, and selective-teaching, and how this could be an attempt on socially engineering society, but I think this would go on too long as a post.

I had more thoughts and questions on this topic, but I feel this is a good place to stop. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment/share!

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Polyphasic Take 2#; IAT’s.

26/02/2016 2:47AM

IAT stands for an Implicit Association Test.

I am polyphasic-ing; day two, though I have been tweaking since the last post…couldnt quite get the naps right. But I think I’ve got it now. Sleep 3-6, 1st nap: 12- 12:20, 2nd nap: 3-3:20, 3rd nap: 9-9:20.  It’s uneven but as long as I stick to it I shall be fine. So today’s the day after staying up -no sleep, so I can nap easier. I’m tired and this counts as the first sleep since then (did not do the naps as this is the core sleep, see?).

Got less than 15mins to write this. Going to do an IAT.

I am going to do the Gender- career IAT: if you wish to try do not look at the images below: 

SPOILERS!!!!! DONT LOOK BELOW.

…I changed my mind the next post will have the images; the Runthrough

 

 

 

 

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Sources:

IAT site, try yourself, take with a pinch of salt : https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/user/agg/blindspot/tablet.htm

 

 

 

 

 

16/02

Journal,

Starting polyphasic sleeping again- my schedule planned out is as follows:

core sleep : 2AM – 5AM

1st nap: 10AM-10.20AM

2nd nap: 3PM-3.20PM

3rd nap: 8PM-8.20PM.

I have set alarms, with my alarm (my phone) away from the bed, I have a free day tomorrow and the next two weeks are light work.

Untold Miracle: Dubai

Hola.

So, just a thought on recent news

Another title I’d propose (and posting here, because there’s already one up there): Modern Miracle: Surviving Fires in Dubai

…Am I the only one who seems to grasp the idea that- whilst, yes, the burning of the whatsit building is going to cost *wince* a lot in property damage- out of everybody in a 60-something floor building, a highly-sought after hotel, at that, on New Years, at that, no one died or was seriously injured in a fire that started on the 20th floor.

 

20th. So, 40-something floors had to be traveled by some, and that number of people, maybe more -parties- had to pass the 20th.

 

Hopefully not sounding arrogant or condescending, but heartfelt- to whomever designed the building, well done.Wow to the staff. and kudos to the emergency services whom responded enmasse in minutes (for the people, not the building).

A miracle anyone?

What are the odds of something like this? (Can anyone work that out please?)

To anyone: About Immigration

To anyone scared/worried/confused/not confused/ who thinks they’ve got it all figured out,

Be brave- watch this:   ‘I’m an Immigrant’

From,

Nami

P.S: And, I’m probably going to upset a lot of people by saying this, but- get educated, alright? I have heard some of the dumbest reasons for being against anyone coloured -even second or third generation born here, or with an accent that’s foreign but white skin. AND (See here’s why I knew I’d offend) even if you are pro-immigration or not racist- research a little on the figures for this stuff anyway, or travel to another area/city for the weekend or next holiday: get some perspective, okay?

And I’m not saying all racists are white; there are plenty of other races who’re racist over here too, even to their own race. So, this is to everyone: racist, or not. 

I just don’t want the next anti/pro-immigration person I speak/shout to to well, have absolutely no reasoning(and by this, I mean proof/evidence/realistic or LOGICAL train of thought) for what they think and genuinely think they’re right, because its such a shame and waste and scary like mad people in charge oh no or out of control drunks and c’mon you’re not flipping STUPID, you want to be RIGHT/CORRECT right? So what harm does collecting some legit facts– of the whole/as much as, picture as you can do?

WHY NOT research it properly if you think you’re right, huh? Afraid to be proven wrong?? Do you want to be wrong? Do you know you’re wrong and are not admitting it

..No?

Then get educated. Seriously, though, if you’re scared- e.g. fear of the unknown, then knowledge is your best fighter against that, okay? 🙂 It’s OK to be scared; ask around AND arm yourself with knowledge.

It’s not however, okay to make serious/potentially serious opinions, which you then base your behaviour and potentially other people’s behaviour on, and their opinions.

You might not even directly do it, and you’re in public for example, and someone overhears you speaking to friends, and thinks ‘okay, if they can think that I can too’– AND IF IT’S RACIST..OR ANTI/PRO-IMMIGRANT…with no logical thoughts or points or no real attempt at seeing both sides (This is called investigating; that way you know if you’re right or not. Probably.) then that’s one more person not using their brain. 

Think about that for a moment.

People going around not using their brains. Anyone remember being a 5 year old (aprox) child; or around a young child, and they act out and when you ask why, they shrug, sort of hum that ‘I don’t know tune’, and when prompted for why, just say they don’t know…? And sometimes, they actually have no reason? Yeah. But adults/voters/young people (AKA Adults) or teenagers. Oh my..

Also repost to spread the message if you want. I think it’s important to…

#GETEDUCATED

Plus, or besides, whatever: Politics and home-policies will happen with or without you, so if you want to INPUT, it makes sense to KNOW PROPERLY what it is that your saying is correct we want to make this country better no? Fix problems not make new ones. UK ESPECIALLY PEOPLE BUT THIS APPLIES LIKE…EVERYWHERE. 

P.P.S: One more thing It doesn’t matter where you’re from: a city, a town, a village in the middle of a farm or a farm or the mountains- you are part of society and the greater whole, and you know what? You get a say. Just..make sure to try and make it count okay? Because it matters. I’m doing a post on research and questioning and analysing things as we speak, so no worries if you’re unsure or anything alright? YOU CAN ALSO PM ME. 😀 I won’t be cross (even if it’s to argue with me) for any questions and you can keep asking alrighthad a friend from a village who really really thought all Indians worked in corner shops. They don’t, and the kind of thinking he wasn’t used to doing was scary and so were the implications of that belief. See? Don’t worry, it’s not hard- and he’s not stupid, just insulated? Isolated from a big mix? That sort of thing. 

Comments?

Thoughts? Questions?

PM me!

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Yes, I got motivated to speak up from the video above. It’s true -atleast from all the research I’ve done. Again, there will be  a post on researching, basics on checking facts/advice, analysing and critical thinking. I’ve been taught and developed from that of course (I’ll point these parts out, no worries) to do this. Some people aren’t as lucky. Or didn’t do some of this/did do some of this anyway(I did for bits).

Reblog: The call to your own true adventure

Hi.

So, I put this in ‘explanatory’ and for once, it’s something someone else has posted because -well, have a read for yourself..

The call to your own true adventure.

This is beautiful – Beautifully put, but also because it really hits the hammer on the head for my own situation crossroads.

So I’m reblogging this because I think it genuinely is something good to read and think about- this is what we are spending the rest of our lives (or a significant portion of it) doing. At least for me, it is.

It struck a cord within me, did it with you?

Feeling fired up inside and resolute,

Nami

Signing out!