Emotions, the Route Towards Public Persuasion

I suck at one thing, and one thing only, emotional persuasion.

When we talk about persuasion, isn’t it something pertained about rhetorics? Something about figures of speech?

As what Marcus Cicero terms a great orator, is somebody that encompasses as much knowledge as possible, and as much heartfelt feelings towards his citizens as possible.

From Aristotle era, there was the saying of what successful persuasion is composed of. ...READ MORE

Democracy in Canada

During my time stay in Canada, I witnessed a landscape with extraordinary sceneries, well organized systems of infrastructures and the embarrassing situation of the homeless.

For me, the west seems like a free land of all sorts of ideologies, and I don’t want to stress the term ideology much, as I’d like to think of the west has a democratic approach to groups of people in a society, and how, from that, a society flourishes. ...READ MORE

Cognitive Bias and Rational Ambiguity

Cognitive Bias

Cognitive bias is this type of bias, that has real evidence and proof to support it.

It’s actually quite common to see cognitive biases in people. For example, Trump. Trump has severe cognitive biases according to his criticisms towards media and Democratic Party.

He called most presses just fake news, because the proofs to support these presses being fake news are actually there. There are evidence to indicate that CNN being fake news, MSNBC being fake news, Router being fake news. You can’t debate the fact that there are details and evidence to support their compromised veracity. ...READ MORE

Our Fear and Our Defensive Mechanism

There are many things we fear in real life.

Many things can act as triggers in this extremely dynamic environment of ours to induce fear, and horror.

We fear, because we think. The more we think, the more fear it is instilled in us.

The natural fear, is the fear of death. It’s an animal instinct, a cell call of life. This living organism doesn’t want to die mentality.

We fear because we think we might be destroyed. ...READ MORE

Terraforming Mars?

In what ways can you terraform Mars?

The atmosphere composition of Mars is 95% CO2 and 5% N2. In this way, you can’t simply plant trees on it in hope of them miraculously producing oxygen. Because they will all die with no O2 at all. Elon Musk is preparing to send people onto Mars. The best possible option we can now make, yet still very very challenging, is to make a remote station there with enclosed protective shell. And we have to bring tons of oxygen and pump them periodically inside the station in order for every living thing in there to stay alive. ...READ MORE

Medicine in China and the U.S.: Observations from an American Medical Student – Review Version

Inspired by a post from Stephen Eigles, Medicine in China and the U.S.: Observations from an American Medical Student, I come to this post about Chinese medical system.

The post was written in 1998, Spring, 2 decades ago. However, the insights in this post are still pretty relevant to this day.

Some, mispractices, have been eradicated from China for quite some time now, but the rather baffling and ominous wrongdoings are still very persistent to this day. ...READ MORE

Cancer

Cancer is more of a mutation to the body. Most cancers relate to patients’ DNA structures. And unlike external invasion, cancer is self-procured. Diseases can be divided into two main categories, external pathogens or auto-diseases. The pathology of cancer is the unlimited and uncontrollable cell division of a certain type of cells. And cancers occur usually in late stage of a human’s life. Old people have a higher chance of getting cancer than young people. However, young people can also get cancers due to DNA mutations. And the fact that globally, the cancer rate is increasing, has to do with the modern lifestyles; the amount of radiations we are exposed to; and more and more DNA diversity. The existence of incurable diseases is regarded as deterrents towards unhealthy lifestyle and excessive indulgence. Through years, we have utilized technologies to prolong our life-span, increasing the survivability of human race. With almost a surplus of human population on this planet, humans are still striving to beat these incurable diseases. Cancer seems to be a much radical stopping sign than what it was 100 years ago, when people died due to numerous rather natural causes–war, famine, insanitary conditions and the medical technology was definitely not as advanced as today’s. People generally died at a young age. If entered a war, one could easily reduce his life-span to around 30 years. This progress of prolonging human life has definitely met its rival–cancer, and much commoner than ever before. It brings out the ultimate question: Do we have a need to cure cancer? To be frank, even if you think medical technology is as advanced as possible today, we still have quite a number of incurable diseases. Cancer being one of them, also one of the major ones. If we conquered cancer, there is really nothing stopping humans from aging and reproducing. Maybe disease is not a natural way of dying, since human illness is never a normality. You get into the hospital to get fixed, because you are out of bounds for a while. Having cancer is a suffering. And if we’d use a rather smoother way of dying, the one that you don’t suffer, I guess people may be more happier than die from suffering diseases. We are making medical advances in order to end sufferings, even at the thought of meeting more of it in the coming days.