Thursday Thoughts: Brains vs. Computers

adult-education-379219_1280Our minds are powerful tools that shape our every day lives. Computers are also very powerful tools that aid us in finding and storing information, but so do our minds. So we could say that computers are just like brains in a way. And that our brains are like a computer.

Now, I had this “argument” with my dad about whether computers make you smarter; My dad says computers definitely make people smarter and that’s why the next generation is more intelligent.notebook-405755_1280
I don’t agree.

I believe it’s the information we feed the computers that make us more computer savvy, not necessarily smarter though. Computers, if used only for mind numbing activities, can make us lazy and uninformed.

We can look at this in two different ways: In a way, yes, computers can make you more knowledgeable, but it all depends on what you are using your computer for. There is a huge difference between a “couch potato” gamer who does nothing but waste away hours and hours playing games and an honors student researching for a master’s degree or a programmer creating new software.

It’s the information we put into computers that can make us smarter, not the actual computer itself. In fact computers are solely made for one purpose: calculations. Literally, the only thing a computer does is input information and decode that information using arithmetic.

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Maybe it’s just the sentence I’m having a problem with: computers make us smarter. A computer is a machine that we have to program.

So what do you think? Do you think computers make us smarter or do you think computers make us lazy?

Just a thought…

Thursday Thoughts on: Business and Communication

smurfs-140212_1280~Communication is the key; a common cliché we hear each and every day 😉 We hear this in many different types of relationships from co-workers to significant others. But the fundamental elements of communication are often misinterpreted by people due to varying personality types.

This is why they teach communication in business: so companies will run like well oiled machines.

We need to form relationships to be successful. When we run through the process of choosing certain people to partner up with, we always ask ourselves if those people we are bringing into our lives share similar interests and ideals with us. Once a bond is established a certain level of self disclosure is revealed. This also means we must have a good sense of self and understand who we are as human beings before we can ever understand perspectives from others people’s points of view.

There are many factors which influence communication and perception:

Culture
Age
Different sensitivities
Health
Fatigue
Hunger
Biological cycles
Physiological challenges
Gender
Occupation
etc…

So what happens when we meet conflict or a communication break down in these interpersonal relationships we have developed? Well, there is an actual term for the practice of thinking before we act or speak. It’s called Perception Checking. This technique aids us in handling the specific ways we interpret situations and react to what is happening around us.

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We usually cling to first impressions and assume that others are similar to us, but when we are influenced by the external forces that are surrounding us, judgmental tendencies begin to arise. I like to look back and reference a great book called:

The Four Agreements

“The Four Agreements
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best. ”
Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom 

Following these principles will guarantee success in any relationship and it helps us grow to become better versions of ourselves. Being able to empathize with someone is valuable on so many levels and the ability to place yourself in someone else’s shoes will create trust and respect among the people we choose to be around.

There are three sides to every story. One persons point of view, the other persons point of view and what actually happened. Not to sound cliché or anything

Learn to understand this and you’re golden 😀

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What are your thoughts on business and communication? I would love to know! Let’s connect and get down to business 🙂