Geoff Hart

Geoff Hart

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    A note on mantras, with the caveat that I'm an informed amateur, and by no means an expert. And a second note that there are many different meditation traditions, so my oversimplified description may do an injustice to one or...
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    Heteromeles noted: "If I understand it correctly, you can get the basic observer effect through simple mindfulness meditation, no drugs needed. There are three basic ways, but what "you" end up doing is listening to all the noise in your...
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    Greg Tingey opined: ""Metacognition" is a fancy/bullshit word for .. "Philosophy" Maybe, maybe not. In my lexicon, it means "thinking about thinking". In my genre of work (technical comunication), it means designing info so that it accounts for constraints on...
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    Greg Tingey: "New shingles vaccine? Got any links for that one?" https://www.consumerreports.org/shingles-vaccine/new-shingles-vaccine-shingrix-what-you-should-know/...
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    Trottelreiner noted: "IIRC there are quite some chemicals either interfering with the absorption or metabolism of nutrients or inhibiting the binding of cofactors present in some foods." Nutrition is scary complicated, starting with the fact that the nutrient content of...
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    Anecdata: A classmate back when I was in university about 30 years ago bought the Canadian equivalent of a police-owned patrol car. The departmental logos were still visible as ghost outlines on the door (due to sun fading of the...
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    _Moz_ wrote: "the total result is: police are time wasting morons." While this is likely to be true for some members of any profession (Sturgeon's law applied more conservatively but no less misanthropically to humans), I think you're overgeneralizing greatly...
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    Martin noted: "I listened to the taped interview of the accused by a Detective Sergeant; and was genuinely moved by his skills in drawing out what had happened. It was a truly awesome demonstration of the interrogator's skills; gentle, persistent,...
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    "Age of consent" issues are deeply tricky. As is the case in voting, it would be great if we could objectively determine that someone is "ready" -- but in a democracy, the "adult" majority would never vote for a method...
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    On the plus side of the ledger, the alt-right community is apparently lousy at Web design: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/11/technology/alt-right-internet.html Color me surprised... not. That suggests they'll also be lousy at AI and internet porn, since they seem to be an unimaginative, joyless,...
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    Here in Quebec, where we're all rabid socialists*, credit unions are important member-owned alternatives to the big banks. Inertia has been the main reason I've stuck with the same bank for 50-some years, but as my bank increasingly frustrates me...
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    SFreader responded to my comment that many Catholics I'd met in Quebec didn't know that Jesus was and died a Jew: "At least a few RC schools in Quebec (Montreal, specifically) did teach this as per family who've lived there...
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    Charlie wondered: "Doesn't bore taste rather ... gamey?" Wouldn't know. I try to only eat interesting foods....
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    Heteromeles notes: "The fundamental problem with this argument is that if you look hard enough at any group big enough to contain a murderous thug, you will find said thug. It's almost as if they're rare, broadly distributed, and capable...
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    Elderly Cynic notes: "But the New Testament account of the crucifixion is itself fake news, as that was the Roman punishment for rebellion etc. - the punishment for (Jewish) heresy was stoning - the historical and Christian Jesus don't match...
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    Graham noted: "Geoff, you don't need the Rohingya to show what happens with fake news. European views on Jews from medieval times onwards have basically set the standard for it." Being Jewish, I'm amply familiar with that phenomenon. I used...
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    paws4thot wondered: "And how do you test things like arithmetic, grammar and modern languages using a thesis system like you propose?" First, note that no suggestion such as mine should be considered monolithic and applicable to all situations with or...
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    Thinking back on this discussion, I have to say that how to define cheating is the wrong question to ask. Rather, the whole notion of standardized tests should be questioned. My take based on what I've read about pedagogy is...
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    As an example of what fake news can do: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/fake-news-on-facebook-fans-the-flames-of-hate-against-the-rohingya-in-burma/2017/12/07/2c1fe830-ca1f-11e7-b506-8a10ed11ecf5_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.932d6803c298 Now imagine more widespread use of highly realistic faked photos, videos, and sound clips in the future as technology improves. Pigeon noted that my "clear-cut non-cheating example" "absolutely definitely is...
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    Mcgill noted: "The bigger issue I’m seeing with kids (with cash anyway) is that some of them are using Apple Watch and their ilk to cheat in exams." It's not so simple an issue as some believe. (Note: Not attributing...
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    I certainly agree that it's a red hot mess out there, but I'd quibble over AI porn marking the starting date. People with mad Photoshop skills have been able to alter images beyond the ability to detect the alteration* for...
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    Whitroth noted: "... that it was the Emperor of Rome who created the Catholic Church, and swearing to a religion was a loyalty oath (which is one reason the Jews such a pain in the neck: they wouldn't swear loyalty)."...
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    SFreader noted: "Canada has no banks on the global 'too big to fail' list, i.e., the global financial community's list of banks that must be propped up no matter how badly they screw up or screw anyone else over." No...
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    JBS opined: "I understand [religion] well enough to know religion is the root of all evil, including those religions that worship money & power as their gods." I think it's important to distinguish between *organized* religion and *religious belief", as...
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    SFreader noted: "Maybe sanctions against weapons supplies instead?" Great idea in principle, but in practice, that would interfere with very large corporate profits, so governments look the other way about arms dealers. We need to reconsider the whole "corporations have...
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    David L wondered: "at some point aren't we just enabling Syria and Myanmar and such to keep being asshole governments by letting them exist while throwing out the people they don't want." No. You're erring by assuming that these governments...
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    Ghost Bird notes: "The problem is that EU policies [regarding refugees] still aren't very humane." It's not so simple an issue. There is clearly a huge humanitarian crisis given the vast numbers of refugees from wars, climate change, and other...
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    Nojay wondered: "I'm guessing somewhat but there was thing in Revolution-era China during the end of the Mao period called "The Great Leap Forward" when a lot of localised industrialisation was carried out, village-sized steel-making plants and the like and...
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    Speaking of encryption: https://i.chzbgr.com/full/9094473216/h92B8C24E/...
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    SFreader noted: "Like a River, Facts Are Never the Same Twice!" That's the Copenhagen interpretation: when you observe the facts, you change the outcome. Q.E.D. *GDR*...
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