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My first big thought

29 01 2017 | 14:Jan 15 #8

Does this work for james?

America just lost their moral authority

29 01 2017 | 10:Jan 1 #1

All empires fall eventually. We will be able to trace the end of the US's global dominance to this point - the point where they gave up the moral high ground

Black & White is a coping strategy

29 01 2017 | 10:Jan 1 #1

The mind is always trying to convince us that the world is a simpler, more understandable place. Despite our protestations, we stereotype all the time - it is the only way our limited intellects can cope with the complexities of the world.

Hardly any decisions we make are based on a dispassionate assessment of facts or stats - we feel things. And I'm not just talking about those we consider less intelligent - the populists, the sheep - we are all readily persuadable as even smarter people don't make probability calculations in everyday life.

So what can we do if we don't wish to be part of the prejudiced throng - we can't stop our minds making simplifications ourselves? We can acknowledge WHERE we are making simplifications and honestly state so. There is nothing more terrifying than someone who makes a simplication on a sixpence as a means of coping but who then zealously defends it for fear they won't be able to cope if it might turn out to be wrong (or simply more complicated).


I need to type something into this window.

20 01 2017 | 15:Jan 13 #6

  • I'm just here, trying to put some content into this window, but I can barely think of anything at all to write.

This was hard enough, WTF


The perverse effects of unintentionally flawed incentivisation 

18 02 2017 | 20:Feb 1 #1

In this, concerning higher /education

Things you haven't achieved yourself

18 02 2017 | 19:Feb 1 #1

...you haven't achieved

I would rather be me than Donald Trump

15 02 2017 | 10:Feb 3 #1

So why do we still pursue high-score wealth, over and above pretty much everything else?

I don't like clever as much as I love simple

15 02 2017 | 10:Feb 1 #1

Regarding /code, simplicity beats complication everytime.  A mark of intelligence is how simple something can be made and still retain it's functionality. Smarter people can simplify more effectively and allow an increased number of less smart developers to understand and fix it.

Many slightly less smart devs prefer to make things look as clever as possible (mostly for ego reasons) and real dumb-asses will go so far as make their code so impenetrable as to be perenial confusing and virtually unfixable.

Education set to "Hard"

15 02 2017 | 09:Feb 1 #1

Need to coin a phrase for the educational attitude (expressed here) that promotes teaching fundamental principles before nurturing natural interest.

We risk putting off potentially excellent candidates / extinguishing natural interest by introducing subjects at a complex level disconnected from the experience or interest of the student. In this example, I would have been put off as a child if I didn't have BASIC to allow me to instantly see something that looked like the games I had already played. Learning the principles of pointers or recursive functions would have proven too high a bar - for my interest and my intellect.

Other examples in eduction abound however. Is the reason we trail other European countries in maths something to do with our desperate policies to cram learning in at an increasingly young age - far before any natural interest (or relevance) has presented itself? So many children go on to consider Maths a "chore" - just a means to a grade to university to a job.

It's the Govian mentality of learning your nouns and verbs and proper grammar before establishing a simple joy of writing creatively.

How about over-education? Or Premature-Curriculum?