10 things to be informed about

Question of the Day ~ May 17, 2013 Ten Things That We Should Be Informed About

What are the top Ten things that we should be informed about in life?
As ambiguous and ridiculous this question sounds, I hope you get the gist of what I mean. Suggestions: Government, Economy, Learning, Saving money, Awareness, Happiness, Spirituality, Career, Family, etc. anything would be great to hear!

1/ Basic math including Infinity
2/ Probability
3/ Evolution (the power of both competition and cooperation, and how cooperative strategies can be stabilised)
4/ Principles of biochemistry (ie we are all far more alike than we are different)
5/ The stages of moral evolution (culminating in self chosen universals)
6/ Trust yourself
7/ Trust others (and punish those who betray that trust)
8/ Accept self and others as they are, and look to the greatest in all
9/ Search for that which empowers you, empowers others, and you love doing, and do more of it.
10/ To transcend notions like right/wrong, should/shouldn’t – accept what is, create what you responsibly can.

And an implicit bonus:
We are all individuals that reach our highest potential in cooperative social contexts.

[followed by]

Hi Deb – 8 of 13 for me – had little idea of faces.

@ Jeff – I think it is critical that people have the intellectual tools to enable them to make some sort of sense of the world in which they find themselves.
We all get born into cultures, and we all get taught stuff that has evolved into that culture over time, much of which is probably less than relevant to our current situation. And it is complex, as most cultures are highly evolved entities, with many subtle nuances that are poorly (if at all) understood rationally by many. So I am in favour of a cautious approach, with a mix of reason and intuition, to re-evaluation of all of our cultural learning (which process takes a lot of time – half a century or so to make significant inroads in most cases).

So yes – my recommendations are on the intellectual side of practical, to balance the less than intellectual stuff that is supplied by most cultures.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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