Frank Szendzielarz

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Frank Szendzielarz
Posted about 2 months ago
Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice
When you ask a young woman why she bought *that* lipstick, she might reply 'it was cheap' or 'it was red'. Never will she say 'it enhances my chance of reproducing well'. Choice is narrative, and too many options don't allow narratives to be formed.
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Frank Szendzielarz
Posted 2 months ago
Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists
I do not think the world works like this. They only have the right to say it, or rather people have the right to say what they want, until the Neo-Nazis or other extremists gain power and revoke those rights. There needs to be a balance: some freedom, not too much though.
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Frank Szendzielarz
Posted 2 months ago
Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists
It's interesting isn't it, that at the end of the day it's about economics and people. I would love to explore the idea, do a thought experiment, what would the world be like if the scientific community could be freed from these corrupting influences by being given *unlimited* funding. What would happen if for example, there was a single on-line website, where people could submit 'grant applications' (ideas for research avenues), and the entire world , whoever had access to the net, voted whether it was worthwhile/scientific/ etc...and any idea that got universal approval like this would just go ahead, with no limits to funding. There would be a direct credit line to central banks like the federal reserve. In effect the finance sector of pre-2008 would be replaced by a global scientific community. I'd love to see what areas would suffer from inflation, or what resource bottlenecks would occur....AND THEN, how the scientific community would solve those through optimisations, rather than financially....It would be worth while exploring this as a social model
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Frank Szendzielarz
Posted 2 months ago
Lorrie Faith Cranor: What’s wrong with your pa$$w0rd?
That was fantastic! I really enjoyed that presentation. It's got me wracking my brains thinking how to replace passwords as a security thing, and I am beginning to think that the solution is more passwords.....As they say in the Scottish Highlands: "If Brute Force does not work....then use more Brute Force."
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Frank Szendzielarz
Posted 2 months ago
Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists
This is not actually true. Science, as the presenter says, is conservative, and Einstein was faced with decades of challenges getting his ideas accepted. I have seen this myself 1st hand. Science is actually quite flawed, as a community, challenged by corruption, false results, financial influence over studies and much more. To put it any other way is just naïve.
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Frank Szendzielarz
Posted 2 months ago
Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists
Dry, difficult, perhaps. She hopes that people will become better listeners. I am afraid that for many this means rephrasing 'dry and difficult' as 'interesting and challenging.' In this new generation of Western iPhone tapping obese pre-teens with no interest beyond giggly shared videos on Facebook, I suspect the enlightened amongst us face a losing battle.