Definition: Myopia Theory

Myopia Theory

Theorizes that when under influence of enough alcohol, the here and now is not only what matters most to you, but also influences what matters to you. That is, you don’t think much about the future and potential consequences, but that also in not thinking, you let your environment determine how you act and feel such that you experience very different things under the same influence if in a quiet bar by yourself versus a crowded and rowdy frat party.

 

More formally…

A cognitive-physiological theory on alcohol abuse in which many of alcohol’s social and stress-reducing effects, which may underlie its addictive capacity, are explained as a consequence of alcohol’s narrowing of perceptual and cognitive functioning.

 

The first explanation is a lot easier to understand, in my opinion. I got it from Malcolm Gladwell in this podcast episode below, talking with Oprah Winfrey.

 

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Aren’t You Glad Joe Biden is Vice-president and not Secretary of State Given his Gaffes?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice-president Joe Biden

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice-president Joe Biden

It was just a matter of time before “shoot from the lip” US Vice-president Joe Biden would commit his first public gaffe. It just took V-prez 101 days into the term to do so, longer than most Vegas bookies would probably have given him credit for.

This gaffe isn’t all that bad, though. When asked on NBC’s Today show for advice he’d give to family members considering flying to Mexico in light of the swine flu situation, the Vice-president said

“I would tell members of my family – and I have – I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now. It’s not that it’s going to Mexico. It’s you’re in a confined aircraft. When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft.”
(Yahoo! News)

The Vice-president also added he wouldn’t suggest that his family members ride the subway either. Basically, Joe was implying no air or subway travel, although I’m not sure how many interpreted that as such.

Just an hour an a half later, the Washington government spin machines were in full motion trying to “reinterpret” that statement, saying things like

“The advice he is giving family members is the same advice the administration is giving to all Americans: that they should avoid unnecessary air travel to and from Mexico. If they are sick, they should avoid airplanes and other confined public spaces, such as subways.”

Well, whatever. I’m surprise people were making a big fuss of such a thing in the first place, but they did. The Centre for Disease Control had to issue statement it did not recommend avoiding air travel. The airline industry was not amused, and so on. However, let me ask you this regarding Joe Biden and his gaffes that’s going to present throughout this presidency. Given how sensitive things are politically around the world at what American leaders say, reinforcing the well-known ignorance Americans have so plenty of, aren’t you glad Joe Biden is Vice-president instead of Secretary of State that deals with other nations around the world?

The story of that decision offer came from another well-known loose lips Biden gaffe, though not Joe’s but rather his wife Jill, on the Oprah Winfrey show on January 19 2009. Reference 1:40 into the video below.

Supposedly, President Barack Obama went to Joe Biden with the offer of being Secretary of State or Vice-president. But because Jill speculated Joe wouldn’t be home much as Secretary of State, a diplomat to the world, he and Jill decided he should take the Vice-presidential role. Hillary Rodham Clinton, of course, the very diplomatic and politically articulate Hillary Clinton, became Secretary of State.

But can you imagine if Biden took the Secretary of State post? I mean, sure, he’s got international experience, but not in the spotlight like Secretary of State! If he can’t get his English straight, can you imagine what he might do with foreign names and titles? He could well mistaken the Pakistani capital of Islamabad as Islamisbad in an interview one day, or call Jilalabad in Afghanistan as Jilajihad. He might refer to Muslims as Islams, confused Barack Osama with Obama bin Laden. He might let on a few secrets in negotiations, break a few cultural customs, etc. There are so many things he could goof and you know there’d be major consequences. At least in America, they just chill and let him be and move on. Do some of those things I said he might, or probably worse, and we’ve got some other serious image problems, or worse, that will plague the United States.

Personally, I’m so glad Joe had Jill’s insight to help him choose the Vice-presidency, cause I wouldn’t trust Joe Biden to any job containing the word “secret” in its title.

And amen to world traveler Hillary as choice of Secretary of State!

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 10.2

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Least Likely To Facebook Tagging Meme

After creating my version of the next generation of pictorial Facebook tagging meme in the Most Likely to version,the logical progression was a Least Likely To version below so this is original at the time of posting as far as I know it. While one can use this  poster in a pessimistic way towards tagging people for the future, to identify friends who would be least likely to do something, I meant it as a reflective exercise with the instructions being to tag friends who were least like to do something.

This is an exercise to acknowledge how people change in big ways we don’t expect, but that we should afford them the chance to in life, rather than blocking them in by removing their potential. I’m generally a positive kind of guy, though with a bit of a wicked sense of humour, at times, as you can see by some of my choices in the poster below. As a result, despite using the same poster as the Most Likely to version, I changed the picture text to be more general in some circumstances. We may dream or lift others to the post of president, for example, but in reality, just being a leader applies to far more of us than president, no matter what kind of president you want to consider.

Here’s how to get the new graphic for your Facebook fun:

  • Click on the picture below to get it at full size.
  • Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
  • Upload it to your Facebook profile.
  • Tag your friends!
  • Click the Back button on your browser to return to this post.

Please click here for a complete list of over 100 Facebook picture tagging memes on this site with which you can use for fun with your friends.

 

In case you don’t recognize some of these people, they are as follows, left to right:

  • Top: Peyton Manning, Wangari Matthai, Osama bin Laden, Paris Hilton, Jet Li
  • Middle: Pamela Anderson, Bob Dylan, Oprah Winfrey, the current Dalai Lama, Sue Johannson
  • Bottom: Claudia Schiffer, Martha Stewart, Bill Gates, Anna Nicole Smith, Barack Obama

I’m too tired to put links to all these people but you can Google them, and maybe guess why I’ve put labeled each as such.

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