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Poch Peralta

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Do we learn faster in cities? Learning is defined here as: Acquiring tested, practical knowledge or skill from human and non-human sources.

Learning Faster -- in Cities
Is this the subconscious reason why some people leap into cities without safety nets? It seems the provincials have now a valid reason for doing that. I am dubious of the piece and I think this is going to be a hot debate.
The title of my reference is: Why We Learn Faster in Cities Than We Could On Our Own

'O'Mara argues that we must understand the unique history and geography of places like Silicon Valley if we are to replicate these places as hubs of talent, jobs, capital, and institutions.

'In our 'flat' digital world, in which we can connect virtually with anybody we want, one could argue that the notion of an innovation hub is outdated.

'However, in today's lesson, innovation guru John Hagel explores the paradox that, despite the fact that technology infrastructure has made location unimportant, we’re becoming more urbanized at a more rapid rate than ever before...'
http://bigthink.com/big-think-tv/cities-of-knowledge-why-we-learn-faster-in-cities-than-we-could-on-our-own

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    Dec 5 2013: If you have to.
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      Dec 5 2013: Can you please tell Keith which comment were you replying to?
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        Dec 5 2013: Do we learn faster in cities? is your question
        My answer is: If you have to.

        I'll write it all in one sentence:
        People learn faster in cities, if they have to.

        Our environment can cause us to learn faster if the pace is faster, however there are some very slow learners even in the city, they usually die, either run over or beat up. It's so crowded that if the herd is moving, you better move at the same pace. It is the quality that concerns me, just because you can walk faster or talk faster does not necessarily mean you are smarter. IMHO if you were smart you would be outdoor enjoying nature, not in the city enjoying the smog.
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          Dec 5 2013: Thank you for clarifying sir.
          You just made me realize that there are also hi-tech
          firms in some rural areas where workers are forced
          to learn fast. I realized too that even if you learn fast
          in cities, overcrowding will slow down your movements
          lol. Been my experience.
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        Dec 5 2013: Poch, as a system programmer for the biggest data center in Washington state I was also privileged to work with some really brilliant engineers from IBM. This was over forty years ago and whenever you mentioned an IBM employee most people thought of dark suits, white starched shirt and black ties working in the city. What they did not realize was the really brilliant ones wore what every the hell they wanted, grew beards and long hair and worked only when they wanted to. Most of them lived and worked a long ways away from the office and no one ever knew they worked for IBM. If you saw them you would think they were just hermits or even homeless but they were very wealthy and very smart.
        The State of Washington where I worked had rules like that but I just ignored them and nobody ever pressed me. My beard and hair were both over a foot long and I agreed to were slacks and a sports shirt but no way was I going to where a suit or tie... ever. When I lectured at Evergreen State College I felt right at home talking to a room full of bearded professors about how to make the best use of their brand new IBM computer system. I was 21 years old.
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          Dec 5 2013: Wow Keith. You are the first true-blue hippie techie I met here.
          I guess IBM banned hippies in the mid 80's. I acquired
          a short IBM programming scholarship and I didn't meet
          any hippie type employee. They were all in shirt and ties
          with neat hair works.
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        Dec 6 2013: Actually Poch they relaxed some of there standards in 1978. I was working in Hawaii as a systems programmer for Bishop Trust and writing an RFP for their new computer system. I was shocked when a couple of IBMers invited me to dinner to talk over their multi-million dollar proposal. They wore slacks and aloha shirts wow, how things had changed. Even if you worked at IBM you would probably not have know about the guys I am talking about. They never come in the offices and were not supposed to tell anyone they worked for IBM, it was an image thing... you know how they are. Even if they did, who would believe them? In those days very few people could even spell computer, little own know anything about them.
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          Dec 6 2013: 'They never come in the offices and were not supposed
          to tell anyone they worked for IBM,'

          Were they a secret IBM group ordered to be 'undercover'
          or that was only their own decision? I seem to remember
          Steve Jobs was rumored to have worked for IBM secretely.
        • Dec 6 2013: I was in Hawaii in 1974, consulting and finishing my graduate work. All IBMers wore Aloha shirts on Aloha Friday.
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        Dec 6 2013: As I under stood it they got to call most of the shots as long as they produced the software IBM wanted. They were secret and lived close to Poughkeepsie but as I mentioned they never came in the main offices. They had their own workstations and specs were hand delivered to them. Steve never worked for anybody as far as I know. He did have several business dealings with IBM when he started his Next computers and interfaced with IBM PC's through Unix but he also had a falling out with them as they copied his software also just as Microsoft had.
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          Dec 6 2013: I see Keith. So not being controlled by office is a
          reward and privilege to the star producers like you.

          Ahh... so if Steve died under suspicious circumstances,
          the biggest 2 tech giants would be prime suspects since
          Steve could blackmail them if he had evidence. Reminds
          of the case of activist Aaron Swartz. Whether he died of
          illness or homicide is still a big issue.
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        Dec 6 2013: Well Wayne it is a small world, I was working for Computab in the Amfac building then. We used to go right across the street to a bar named "the bank" and listen to Cecilio and Kapono for the price of a beer. And on the mall at noon Gabbie would play a little slack key, that was free. You gotta love Hawaii. My favorite place to drink was on top of the State Capital. We would sneak by the one or two security guards, ride the elevator to the Governor level and sit on the edge watching the Navy ships and I also watched America's Cup coming around Diamond head crater. Aloha Brudda
        Mele Kalikimaka n' Hau'oli Makahiki Hou
        • Dec 6 2013: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too. Just got back from Hawaii and before no one except locals went to kaena point or tantalus - now it seems everyone goes 8>)) everything changes. I do miss the new years party and the fireworks at new years eve

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