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Stony Brook Innovation Center Blog

Dangerous Innovations

Aug 08 2016

The most helpful topic for an Innovation Center blog would seem to be examining whether innovativeness can be instilled in people the way installing computer programs enables us to do different things, and if so, how is it downloaded, or learned?  Is there a single Skill Set underpinning all the other attributes that are identifiable in the majority of innovators, short of the few savants floating around, and even there?  Do innovations like the light bulb and Internet arise out of nowhere, or evolve as species do: putting similar things together again and again, and how is that done?  



They're rioting in Africa
They're starving in Spain
There's hurricanes in Florida
And Texas needs rain
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls
The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles
Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch
And I don't like anybody very much!!
                                    The Merry Minuet, by Sheldon Harnick

             Now the sneaking serpent walks in mild humility,
            And the just man rages in the wilds, where lions roam.
                               from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell,” by William Blake

 

When my Sixth Grade teacher told the class that we would be getting Current Events quizzes every Friday, by way of assigning us to read the Herald Tribune or New York Times, I protested that it was a waste of time: the news never changes, it just moves around like the weather.  One day there’s a fire in The Bronx; the next a burglary on Staten Island.  Then they switch.
DO leaders matter, or are civil rights and foreign policy formed by the people?  I was a student at Berkeley when the National Guard invaded the town, and watched tanks—I repeat, TANKS!—roll up Ellsworth Avenue from my dorm window.  When did the Viet Nam war end?  I forget.  How many people died or were maimed--blinded, paralyzed, or worse--needlessly in the interim?
For the first time in my life, an election race is actually interesting, and the big one, at that!  Not that I really think that things will change much, due to anything that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton does.  Stemming the tide of Middle Eastern immigrants can’t stop terrorism, for example.  What IS interesting to me is all the talk nowadays about Donald Trump being “dangerous.”  WHY is he dangerous?  In my ‘umble opinion, it is because, for the first time, a candidate is saying WHAT he or she will do.  The rest just promise to make things “better” somehow or other: create jobs, for example.  Bill Clinton’s terms were a boom period.  The inevitable bust, which he caused by rescinding the banking regulations put in place during the Great Depression to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again, followed all too soon thereafter.  I’m surprised that Donald Trump didn’t jump all over the rumors that Bill would have a comeback in Hillary’s wake. 
The recent, so-called Gold Star incident is an interesting case in point.  Donald Trump had been criticized vehemently long before for being outspoken about more judiciously allowing Middle Eastern refugees into the country.  To the best of my recollection, he made it known then that some of his highest level business associates have long been Muslims.  The problem isn’t Muslims; it just so happens that the overwhelming majority of terrorists are Muslim, who also instigate Americans who aren’t to aid and abet them.  I don’t see how anyone thinks that the father of the Muslim American soldier killed in the Middle East was in his rights to attack Donald Trump for drawing a hard line against allowing potential terrorists into the country, especially considering that if it weren’t for such attacks on us, his son would in all likelihood still be alive!  The Real Problem seems to be that Donald Trump didn’t cave in to the general prohibition against speaking plainly, but held his ground in stronger opposition to terrorism than anyone else has yet to take.  It goes to show how far people will let themselves be persuaded—and not just the presumably reasonably intelligent father of a Captain in the army (which isn’t to say that someone can’t be a 5-Star general, whose parent are dunces) but congressmen and credible journalists—by a concensus of opinion, against all reason.
I am in no way, shape, or form defending or extolling Donald Trump’s candidacy.  I am, as always, ever vigilantly defending the rule of reason.  To whatever extent that may deride or demean Hillary Clinton’s campaign is pure hapstance, or in any case, not my doing.

In case you haven’t noticed, I have a long (some might say, sharp) bone to pick with business, psychology/psychotherapy, and education experts of all persuasions, who are keen on telling people what to do without so much as a clue about how to do it.  Politicians (and what else are elected officials?) are unquestionably the most notorious culprits in this racket.  An argument could be made that they invented it, BUT … duplicity seems to be an innate trait of not only mankind, but all of nature’s critters.  We deceive to survive.  The heartiest see through deceivers’ ruses, and live another day to tell the tale.
My perennial subject has been how to do that, and the many, many other benefits that come with those skills.  Using The Uniform Structure of Information, delineated throughout these posts, puts situations in Perspective, which works in our mind the same as it does on a canvas, keeping matters in Proportion. 
However you feel about what Donald Trump says, you have to appreciate how he is going about his presidential election campaign.  Examine the content, form, style, and tone, with which he speaks about issues, and how he puts the whole picture together on his positions, with the characters, actions, settings, and time frames involved.  Do likewise with Hillary Clinton’s.  The more pieces of a puzzle are missing, the harder it is to get the picture.  Whether you prefer someone, who puts their cards on the table, or someone who sounds like they’re hiding something, is up to you.
In every class and walk of life, there are Big Lessons and little lessons.  The Big Lessons are the ones that apply to everything else you learn and do.  The little ones only pertain to the subject at hand.  The best teachers point out both all the time.  That is the one Common Bond between them.  Decide for yourselves which candidate keeps pointing to the Big Lessons while discussing the little ones, and whether the better teacher makes a better leader.
Who doesn’t want (dare I say, yearn) to be a leader in one way or another?  Behind every mild-mannered observer is a Superman in the making.  Learn how the best teachers speak, not just what they say.  Scientists looked for Common Bonds to identify solutions to problems. 



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