Tyrone Rubin thinks and learns

Are we born Good or Evil.

Posted in General Thoughts by Tyrone Rubin on September 26, 2010

There are often these very simple questions, which puzzle me for as long as I can recall. Questions without definite answers, questions of quite clique manner. One such question that has puzzled me has always been are we born good or are we born evil. My immediate, intuitive answer to this question for about a decade now has been we are born neither good nor evil. I think it becomes one of those questions that spans religion, G-d, morality. We want to believe we are born good, if we are of positive, optimistic nature or if we are of the opposite, we believe we are born evil. Biologically I think its proven that when we born we don’t have the capacity to understand good or evil, heck we don’t understand anything. So biologically one can say our brains and mind at the time of birth cannot understand the concept of Good or Evil.

Therefore I like to concoct hypothetical experiments, of which in the case of Dreams, Freud was quite brilliant in his book interpretation of Dreams, there I digress. Back to the nature of Good and Evil, expressed in excellent detail and thought in Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil. One hypothetical experiment can be to take 10 babies born in a village, raised by one mother in an extremely primitive environment. Food for sustenance, pretty caveman like and observe whether the 10 babies are more prone to Good or Evil. Okay that’s never going to happen. But take a population like India where there are 1 billion people, where millions squaller in cities and a large majority of these people in essence are good, they don’t rob, steal, lie or cheat, they just survive. I think that a child is raised by their parents to be in 99% of cases whatever their parents are more likely to lead them towards.

Hitler is a great example and from a very crass viewpoint one could argue that society at the time had to have effected one person to act in that extreme manner, with so many people with some many variant personality traits one is always going to get the person who is extremely negatively effected by external societal impacting events or philosophies. In the case of Hitler, it can boil down to the fact that since we are not programmed drones, but free individual personalities, who can choose from a myriad of infinite choices some people are bound to find the way to Evil. One can say that the external effects of people, parents and society effect the human being, not that the human is born of a certain predefined way. It can simply be concluded that randomness is always going to produce both Good and Evil people.

I would love to believe that as a majority the human race, of now 6.8 billion people, understands that Good beats Evil. Unfortunately there is not a universal acceptance at this moment in time of Good and Evil. One would think that the events of 9/11 were evil, but to, unfortunately, millions of people it was an act of good against the oppressed dominance of America, or some kind of self defense attack, as mad and crazy as that is to conceive. We are unfortunately living in a day and age where, as in the case of 9/11, where thousands of innocent people where murdered, man, woman and children, there are those amongst us who regard that as an act of good. I wonder, of the 6.8 billion people what percentage would say that, that incident was Good and what percentage would say that event to be Evil. Its sad to think of how high the percentage could possibly be of people who overtly believe that incident to be good. Acknowledging this point, being open to the fact that the world is askew with harsh extreme viewpoint of Good and Evil, we need to find some universally accepted distinction between Good and Evil. We, as human beings, who are capable of love, must educate the masses on the Evil acts of killing, of rape, of murder.

We should play by the rules and accept what is Good and what is Evil and work form that point forward. Coming back to the question of wether we as humans are born Good or born Evil, the answer is neither. The question becomes shady where the majority agrees that Good is better than Evil, but those lines are not universaly agreeded upon, as to what is actually Good and what is Evil. People performing evil acts like 9/11 believe they are actually doing Good, and their millions of supoporters believe that is Good, where in actual fact, if one stops for one second to annalyze the outcome of innocent lives being lost, it becomes obvious that they are wrong. I believe we, in most cases, choose to be good, but in a lot of cases what we think is good is actually evil.

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7 Sept 2010 – been a while since the blog

Posted in Art, Business, Film, General Thoughts, Internet, Mac, Music, Technology, Television by Tyrone Rubin on September 7, 2010

Hiya, its been a month and a half since I last blogged on my personal site. I am going to try blog at least once a weak on my personal site. There are a couple things I am personally up to right now. At the company I work for Velocity film we are busy with some big commercials. The company keep me busy for most of the hours of the day which doesnt allow me much time to my personal projects but I endeveour with them nontheless, in the early mornings, evenings (when not too tired) and weekends. BUT I need to endevour and push more. I have my youtube channels running very well and am happy with the progress made http://www.youtube.com/movielovernews and http://www.youtube.com/tyronefilmshow and will continue to aim to be an intervational voice for film. I am working on putting all my continent in a great site http://movielovernews.com . I am also working on some product sites. And working on trying to increase my energy levels, by gyming, yoga, dance and liquids. Now enough about me.

Music:

I thought the Arcade Fire ‘The Suburbs’ was a truly magnificent album. I am happy it has garnederd so much commercial success, which in the case of bands like Kings of Leon, watered down there music. It is totally understandable why the album did becvome so commercial, the music is great and its their easiest album to listen to. That being said, the lyrics are very emotional, very inteligent and thoughtful. Its like poetry. The lyrics, emotion, movemenet in this album is outsdtand. Commercial yes, but still powerful. I think OK Computer reached the commercial masses but the album is still powerful. So the Arcade Fire proves you can be commercial but still remain powerful. Unfortunately I will after listening to the album a thousand times, like in the case of OK Computer start to tire of it. But how do you win that war with an album. With so many albums out there one is inundated, in a wonderful way, now with great music and I am truly lucky that I like so many genres, and sub genres that I have so much music to choose from. Other than the Arcade fire, today I will not talk of other music, I am alsways listening to music, it and tv and film are among my hectic obessive addictions so I consume those mediums with the utmost fervor.

Tech:

I listened to a lot of talks from Chris Brogan who has really helped me with a lot of stuff. This past month I have come to think that if business can be an art and talent, like painting, sport and music then for the the artists of the decade are Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobbs. There are many more I can think of but they have instilled my last month. I listened to Jeff Bezos talk on Charlie Rose and marveled at how he had the drive to start Amazon so I concluded him to be an artist. I feel the tech space is interesting right now as we are in a bit of a commetivie age in tech, mdeia, tellecommincations and advertising and in some places it is getting more cut throught than collabroative. A couple months ago I was on a holw collaborative trip but now the competition is getting very cutthrat and it worries me a little but I think it could pass and the companies can start working on there own products and services. And once again that is where I admire Jeff Bezos and Tony Hsieh as they focused more on being the best they could than outdooing there competition. Competition is good as I find mysef becoming more and more competitive but more so with myself I thinkg, than with others. I am trying to use ohlife everyday. I am loving evernote.

TV:

Trailer park boys, Mad Men, Modern Family soon to be September time when all the great shows start. TV is my drug of choice.

Thanks.

Thanks for out to all the folks in the spaces I love who are teaching me everything I need to knowTony Hsieh, Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Marc Andersen, Larry King, Charlie Rose, Steven Spielberg, Jason Calacanis, Kevin Rose, Rcihard Branson, Donald Trump, Gary Vaynrechuck, Chris Brogan, the Google Team, the Facebook team, the Apple team, the Pixar team, the Dreamworks team, the bloggers, techcrunch, techmeme, pitchfork, imdb, comingsoon, firstshowing, audible, amazon, darkhorizons, collider, /film. zappos, ebay, paypal, wordpress, drupal, wired, Darren Aronofsky, Thom Yorke and so many more people but those people, companies, sites etc just come to mind for the time being. There are loads more people I can name who have influenced me in some way this past month and a half.

21 July 2010 – Thoughts, literature, films, work, business, music, the wonderful web

Posted in Art, Business, Film, General Thoughts, Internet, Music, Technology, Television by Tyrone Rubin on July 21, 2010

Personal: Its been a while since I have blogged and doing so out of a need to keep my blog alive and a want. This is my personal blog so I also use it as a type of diary so I can remember things I was doing, enjoying, loving etc many years for now. Its been a busy couple months since I blogged trying to merge work, friends, projects etc all together. I am emplyed full time but am also trying to get my own businesses off the ground. One of the main focuses for me right now is my film shows online. I have three youtube channels http://www.youtube.com/movielovernews which is a regular movie news show, the aim is if you watch it, subscribe to my channell, you will have a great insight into what is happening in the world of film. Then I put the segments of the show onto another channel called http://www.youtube.com/tyronefilmshow so people can just watch specific news segments on the films or people they want to follow. Then there is the longer standing http://www.youtube.com/filmlovershow which has become more of a personal show. I am very lucky as I have partnered with Alex Marston on these shows. I find his presenting style amazing and funny and very entertaining and am very luck to be doing it together. I have a theory on partnership and that is that if I bring 100% to the table and he brings 100% to the table it should amount to more than 200%. I am not going to ellaborate more on that now. I was also steeped in the excitement of the world cup as for me it was extremely interesting and exciting having the World Cup in South Africa and a lot of the matches taking place where I live, Cape Town. My thoughts were further enthused by the fact that I was so emotional due to the fact that for the first time the entire world was focused on my country for a sustained peroid of an entire month in a positive way. I has never come close to happeneding before. Sure we have had sustained negative focus and maybe one of two days of sustained positive focused but never had such a sustained perioded of positive focus directed at our country. I thank everyone for making the dream come true and hope this country and continent benefit as it surely deserves and needs the worlds help right now. My push in a word is EDUCATION and is my dream and passion for Africa. I was also lucky to have my childhood best friend staying at me for the time of the world cup, I love the guy and his family so much and am thankful for that. Family, friends and happiness thats what I will end of the personal seciton of the post with.

The Web: There is so much fascinating things happening in the web which I wont elaborate on http://www.techcrunch.com and http://www.mashable.com do that job so well. The release of the iphone 4 really impressed me and again wont elaborate on that right now. There have not been that many interesting confereces lately but towards the end of the year there look to be some great ones. I really enjoyed Techrcunch’s conference. Still following the same tech peeps.

Literature: Busy listening to David Kirkpatrick’s The Facebook Effect and Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness and loving both of those audiobooks. I bought the double whammy Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan and cant wait to sink my teeth into it.

Television: I am holding back on watching the last 2 epidosed of last. The second last one and the long finale as once its over its over and no more lost. What an amazing show. There are no more comedies out at the moment for me since 30 Rock and The Office seasons are finished but waiting for Entourage is finished to watch it. I have beocme a sucker for reality shows like So you think you can dance, America’s got talent and the likes. South Africa has started its season of Idols and with partiotic pride I am hoping we top the level of talent from the States.

Film: I loved Toy Story 3 3D for so many reasons and cant really begin to write a review for it. I loved Crazy Heart and for some reason half way through It Might Get Loud it cut off but need to finish that as it was amazing.

Music: The albums I have loved recetly Autechre: Move of Ten, Big Boi: Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, The Roots: How I Got Over, The Chemical Brothers: Further, Drake: Thank Me Later, Keepaway: Baby Style EP, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Before Today, Wild Nothing: Gemini, Robyn: Body Talk Pt. 1, Reflection Eternal: Revolutions Per Minute, Jamie Lidell: Compass Damian Marley / Nas: Distant Relatives, Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndroid, Band of Horses: Infinite Arms, Sleigh Bells: Treats, The Dead Weather: Sea of Cowards, Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma, Broken Social Scene: Forgiveness Rock Record, Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles, Caribou: Swim, The Tallest Man on Earth: The Wild Hunt, The White Stripes  Under Great White Northern Lights (Album and Documentary superb)