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PSYC 3550 Study Guide - Final Guide: Item Number, Mind Map, North American Free Trade Agreement

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PSYC 3550
Igor Kusyszyn
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Creativity Study Notes: Course Kit Pages 129-End
Uses of Mind Maps:
1) Notes: Whenever information is being taken in, mind maps help organize it into a form that is
easily assimilated by the brain and easily remembered
2) Recall: Whenever information is being retrieved from memory, mind maps allow ideas to be
quickly noted as they occur, in an organized manner.
3) Creativity: Mind maps liberate the mind from linear thinking, allowing new ideas to flow more
rapidly. Think of every item in a mind map as the centre of another mind map
4) Problem-solving: Mind maps help you see all the issues and how they relate to each other. They
also help others quickly get an overview of how you see different aspects of the situation, and
their relative importance.
5) Planning: Mind maps help you get all the relevant information down in one place and organize it
6) Presentations: The visual nature of mind maps means you can read the whole thing in your
head as you talk, without ever having to look at a sheet of paper.
The Priority Matrix:
Most creatively productive individuals are aware of the Priority Matrix and use it to organize their
1) Important & Urgent
2) Not Important but
3) Important but Not
4) Not Important and Not
Think of things in everyday life that could fit into the four categories:
Box 1 Important and Urgent Rent could be urgent and important, especially if you don’t have the
Box 2 Not Important but Urgent false fire alarm could seem urgent at first but ultimately is not
Box 3 Important but Not Urgent Income tax, Dr’s Appt, having children, retirement, etc. – this box
presents most opportunities and the most problems for many individuals. These things are all important
but not urgent.
-Many of us get into trouble because we don’t plan in lives
-we ignore box 3, recent report states 90% of retired people in US have no savings tragic, but probably
-good exercise would be to write down (once in a while), all the things that are important but not urent
for you then rate them on scale of one to ten in terms of importance.
-begin action on item number one in priority list. If you act immediately this will help you achieve your
goals, if not, the probabilitiy that you will achieve your goals will be close to zero

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Box 4 Not Important and Not Urgent includes all things we do that are neither important nor urgent,
including watching television and cleaning our fingernails.
-Keep in mind a doctor’s appointment may be important but not urgent until your health fails, and rent
may not be urgent until next month when you’ve just paid it although it’s still important.
Creativity and Your Future
The Cancer Stage of Capitalism
Our social immune system is being overwhelmed by the growing out-of-control money market by
John McMurtry
John McMurtry is a prodessor of philosophy at the University of Guelph
He uses metaphor of modern capitalism as a cancer to describe recent uncontrolled spread of
global capitalism.
Argues it’s an invasive growth that threatens to break down our society’s immpne system and if
not soon restrained, could reverse all the progress that has been made toward social equity and
Society’s “defense system” we think of armed forces – we’ve been conditioned to do so
The Military-industrial establishment and the armaments business are the world’s most
powerful institutions of organized violence and international trade
They must be sold as society’s primary form of “self-defense” – in order to preserve their vast
Society’s real system of self-defense is public health process and it’s deprived of its proper
resources and functions
Society’s health and life defenses are being attacked from another side now due to more
invasive assaults on the protection of life within societies: environmental despoliation,
redistribution of wealth from poor and middle-income classes to rich, and the radical
dismantling of public forms of life-provision
Prior to 70’s, capitalism had been compelled by “communist threat” worker’s movements and a
new electoral accountabilitiy to adopt preventive measurs against its own internal pathologies
Slowly under great social pressure, advanced capitalist societies introduced social reforms to
limit invasive assaults on worker’s lives and development
Process began with social legislation that restricted working hours and factor caused hazards
and diseases and eventually led to laws requiring tax-supported educational, health and social
security protections for all members of society.
o In this way, pathological patterns of capitalist organization of society were
counterbalanced by socially legislated protections of life development and security
Social break down was resisted for some time due to gov’t bodies
This is the social immune system
Despite this social immune system, relatively sudden mutation of social orders has recently
o The Loss of Income Security: Only income security can assure members of capitalist-
organzied society the requisite needs of life since these needs hae become increasingly

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commodified (available only upon payment of money), continuity of money income for
vital life sustenance has become increasingly essential
o Food, clothing, and shelter are now normall available only in commodity form
o Capitalist-organized societies are reducing and eliminating social infrastructures that
assure sufficient monetary life-income for members of social bodies
Real incomes of most of society’s members have declined across the world
Revenue increasingly flowing to private money-capital investors, means of life that remain
have become ever more endangered and insecure
Unemployment rates continue to rise, protective social sectors everywhere are suffering
Unregulated cross-border movement of money capital for nonproductive speculative sizures of
social incomes is accelerating in volue and velocity everywhere, reaching an estimated 30 to 40
times the size of the total dollar turnover for goods and services (30-40x as much money is
traded to make more money as is spent on goods and services
¼ of the world’s people are now starving, and 1/3 of all children are malnourished –a pattern
of deprivation of the most basic means of life
Universal rapidity and apparent inexorability of these advances of basic requirements of life
Small and increasingly walled-in proportion of social boides is escalating its appropriation of
world society’s income, while access to vital life means is rapidly decreasing and becoming
more insecure for a rising majority of the globe’s population
Social breakdown: 2 great classes of social members in capitalst-organized societies: thise who
are employed and paid aofr contributing to the generation and accumulation of capital, and
those who are unemployed.
since need for employees declines with labour-cost reduction methods and with dismantling of
public sector, full-time employees in capitalist-organized societies are diminishing
nearly 1/3 of world’s 2.2 billion workers are now estimated to be unemployed
this loss of social function leads to wide variety of pathological outcomes
probability of unemployed man succumbing to heart disease or cancer doubles within 5 years
adolescent suicide and prostitution rate escalate a future employment prospects darken
most lethally, ethnic wars, racist attacks, armed violence, urban riots, beatings of women and
children, and mass murders seem also to rise in areas of high unemployment
Environmental Damage: capitalist organization of environmental usage determines
environment’s sustainability or lack of it, and this includes :
o the atmosphere
o fresh water and oceans
o topsoils
o forests
o animal habitats and species
o mineral resources
corporate leaders demand less government interference despite degeneration of all these
global life conditions and elements
world scale of 20,000 pages of GATT or World Trade Organization regulations and 1,400
articles within NAFTA specify exact rules to protect rights of capitalist corps to own, produce,
sell, and invest across boundaries.
Absent from this mountain of regulations are any effective environmental protections against
increasing pollution, destruction, wastes, exhaustion, or extinction
invasiveness of such “free trade” regimes may be discerned by the pathologies of its outcomes
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