Stephen of Wimbledon
However … there are surprises in store for those incoming students who expect that their faith will be deepened and for those graduates who expect that their flocks will appreciate their wisdom
That would surely depend on the nature of the student, and of the institution?
The quality of tertiary education, in any field, I observe, varies…[Read more]
Hi Modesti [#27],
I am still bit confused about judgments that are suposed to be based upon facts. Arn’t they?
I don’t know why you would be confused, but let me see if I can help.
We make little judgements all the time: Eggs are good, sitting in traffic is bad. Keeping the cash you found in the street is wrong, pirating a forty year old m…[Read more]
Hi Modsti [#5],
[It] seems to me that a healthy person of common sense has no beliefs what so ever.
The word belief is a tricky one. My Oxford English dictionary lists several meanings, and check out this last entry:
[OE] *belief in^ Trust, faith, or confidence in (someone or something)
To have a belief in some one or some thing has…[Read more]
Hi Guy [#5],
I object to the overtly biased nature of this paragraph
In what way is overtness – openness and honesty – objectionable?
I can understand recoiling from a comment that sets out a point of view so baldly – without any of the supporting argument (though the bare facts appear to be presented). That is an unfortunate side effec…[Read more]
Hi Phil [#15],
This is me doing a wash up …
Okay, I’ll try keep this short but, my record on succinct is not stellar.
… how [is] biddable creativity got …
… how [is creativity] modelled to deliver genuine originality?
We could try simple randomness as a starting point. My understanding is that data…[Read more]
Hi Olgun [#14],
Great video: Zeynep Tufekci is certainly right about modern-day expert systems – they’re very easy to undermine. I will go further; it seems to me that some expert systems pose a risk of systemic political manipulation. The fact that we fail to audit these systems is not a good sign for the future.
Sam Harris’s gig is that if…[Read more]
Hi Melvin [#12],
A thought experiment: Could we design a robot that could burglarize homes with a mastery far beyond any human capability … Of course it’s possible given a little ramping up of available technology
… our robot, for all its apparent cleverness, is still a machine or “prosthetic” … it has no … inten…
Hi Phil [#3],
[Phil] As neurologist Antonio Damasio argues over the case of Phineas Gage, after the destruction of Gage’s affective (emotional) part of his brain, smart as he ever was, he made increasingly poor judgements, having no system of valuing outcomes
If you like Damasio you’ll like Bostrom for the clear distinction he places bet…[Read more]
I agree with Melvin, well worth reading the full article.
Redolent of the breathless enthusiasm for innovation seen in, for example, Kidder’s The Soul of a New Machine Lewis-Krauss in the NYT focuses on the people doing the creative exploratory science and trumpets their successes. This is worth reading because it tells us a lot about…[Read more]
I don’t know why no-one has taken up your challenge. There’s usually no shortage of people prepared to defend the dogmas of left-leaning politics.
Perhaps this site is more effective than we think? More likely: People are learning that they can’t make assumptions when commenting here. Even more likely: Search engines are not directing…[Read more]
When I said, in an earlier comment a while back, that nothing had been done about helping adults with their critical thinking I was forgetting Peter and Atheos.
I wonder if critical thinking is the sort of thing taught at Night Schools. I’ll check.
Hi Morpheus [#15],
I’m glad you liked it.
I continue to try and be the kind of person I would like to see more often.
I did not spend a lot of time on it – and, also very important, the time I did spend was worthwhile no matter if you are the only person who appreciated it.
I did not spend a lot of time on it because I’m practised at critical…[Read more]
While it’s great that Richard made the list near the top I have to question the methodology.
What does “Thought Leader” mean?
… a thought leader as a living person who works primarily as a thinker, and is known and influential beyond the borders of their discipline
Apart from the obvious snobbery (who is a not a thinker?), does influence…[Read more]
Since this story was first posted the link between reality and propaganda has been re-affirmed:
This is what is happening to America in microcosm.
They are not alone.
Hi cosmx [#22],
Trump won the election
So … winning an election means that the politician is immune from criticism? Get real!
Rather than wallow in conjecture, why not give him a chance
In what way are people here not giving Trump a chance? People here are taking in the messages Trump is sending out – such as the histories and…[Read more]
Hi Alan [#2]
I just wanted to add my vote of thanks to others. An outstanding contribution.
Stephen of Wimbledon commented on the post, More hotels are checking out of the Bible business 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi Phil [#4],
Please keep your filthy habits to yourself.
I think I may be missing something.
This story covers the stresses and strains of studying at the highest level. The author leans in the direction of emphasising a need to support the mental health of these graduate students – with the down side being that poor support means they drop out.
One could comment that perhaps it’s not a bad thing…[Read more]
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