Lorelei Coffin

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Lorelei Coffin
Posted over 2 years ago
Bruce Feiler: Agile programming -- for your family
Feiler backs up his statements with his own research. But you're right, that by itself is somewhat weak. It's an interesting bias you have that it's "okay" for "this topic" not to have good backing. Family is a very important topic that affects everyone! There is absolutely no reason it should be held to a lower standard of proof.
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Lorelei Coffin
Posted over 2 years ago
Does the possession of knowledge carry an ethical responsibility?
There's a hungry animal in a cage and a button to feed it and a button to give it a painful electric shock. I know which button is which. You don't. You have to push a button. You ask me which button is which. I may now either tell the truth, lie, or say I don't know. If I think it's likely you will try to give the animal a shock, it may be ethical to lie or say I don't know. If I have no reason to distrust you, it is ethical for me to tell the truth. If I didn't know which button was which, it would only be ethical for me to say I don't know. But since I do know, ethics require me to use my knowledge responsibly.
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Lorelei Coffin
Posted over 2 years ago
What does the average citizen need maths for?
I want to rewrite math from scratch in such a way that not only is it highly learnable, it's so obvious how every single technique and concept is an analogy for real live things, that people who know it will use it in their lives all the time and thereby live smarter and better. Then a smarter and better society. The way math is written now, it's not important how concepts are analogous to real phenomena. We don't practice drawing those analogies. So naturally no one cares and no one really benefits. But math is "the discipline which compares the most diverse phenomena and finds the secret analogies that unite them" - Descartes. And it's powerful. So let's use it!
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Lorelei Coffin
Posted over 2 years ago
If this were the last day of your life, how would you spend it?
At first I thought I wouldn't do anything differently and seek happiness moment by moment. Then I thought about it. When I die, society loses the contents of my mind. It would be to their enduring benefit to offer them my best thoughts before I go. That probably wouldn't happen, though. For the same reason that I don't work on that in the first place. Low self-esteem. I don't feel competent that my ideas are valuable or that I possess the skills to pass them on at all. So I try to forget about it and live comfortably. It sort of works. Death means no consequences the next day. So no consequences of trying to do something you can't do and failing. This gives people extra confidence. That's why they start thinking of acting on their values then instead of everyday.
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Lorelei Coffin
Posted over 2 years ago
Are our problems beyond politics?
Politics don't work. Let's get rid of them. Then a conflict arises. In the process of resolving the conflict, leaders emerge. We have politics again. Any conflict we face, we need leaders to resolve. The most challenging enduring conflicts demand leaders more courageous than we have ever seen.
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Lorelei Coffin
Posted over 2 years ago
Survival of the smartest: Brains over brawn, why? (moral question)
Salvador is right. Beat someone up and society puts you in jail. Trick someone into signing something they can't afford, society says you're an innovator. Society blames the victim and calls them irresponsible. Those who benefit from this state of affairs are those with the intelligence to direct the rhetoric to continue the victim blaming.