froukje matthews

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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froukje matthews
Posted about 2 years ago
Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life
I agree; it is up to the person in question to decide. When there is unbearable pain there would be few people who'd choose to hang around for the sake of it, but I would object to someone else making the decision for me. To be at peace with oneself I think is the main concern.....
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froukje matthews
Posted about 2 years ago
Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life
I have witnessed one death where the person in question was surrounded by family and read a few stories about old people dying, including those with Alzheimers, who became surprisingly lucid moments before they died to say words that were of the greatest importance for those who had to keep on living, like "I love you". I think to offer euthanasia as a quick option, because it's the most convenient manner to' let go' may actually not be the best way in the long run....
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Posted almost 3 years ago
Shimon Schocken: The self-organizing computer course
Maria Montessori would have applauded Simon Schocken had she still been alive; what he has achieved is what she has been trying to tell people ever since the beginning of the last century; we need to create an environment conducive to self learning which is driven by curiosity and eagerness and willingness. I think it's brilliant what he and Noam have done, his presentation is inspiring and coloured with wisdom and subtle humour...
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Posted about 3 years ago
Ken Goldberg: 4 lessons from robots about being human
Hi Ken, great talk. It occurred to me that little children under the age of 5 are living examples of the four lessons you learned through robots: 1. they assume nothing, 2. they improvise continuously, especially when they have become mobile, 3. when their path is blocked they find ways to get over/under/through .. 4. and given half the chance they PRACTISE! It is the adults who continuously stop them from doing this for trivial reasons like: you get dirty, it might break, you might get hurt (Notice that I use the conditional!), what will the neighbours say....'Lastly, your daughter loves engineering because of your enthusiasm and the fact that you love her and spend time sharing your passion with her....You're right, robots DO teach humans important lessons!
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Posted over 3 years ago
Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born
Actually there is research done on rats: female rats exposed to stress in the early part of pregnancy has a higher proportion of turning out babies who were homosexual oriented. It had something to do with the moment of exposure to the kind of stress the pregnant mother rat suffered. What you mentioned therefore is interesting, for if you are one woman (mother) surrounded by all these males (sons) you have to apply different skills, think differently, even behave differently as in, be quite assertive for boys respond better to hierarchy for instance than girls when raising them....very interesting....I wonder...
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Posted over 3 years ago
Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born
What does this mean in regard to the high number of people who suffer obesity these days: If mothers were made to believe not to put on too much weight and/or eat things that have little nutritional value, would they have passed on a message of scarsety to the foetus or created a foetal environment of shortage? If we create a local environment that is safe for pregnant women and thereby safe for babies and children to grow up in, we may be on the way to creating a world that is safe for everyone....
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Posted almost 4 years ago
Julia Bacha: Pay attention to nonviolence
I think Julia's point is: pay attention as in PAY ATTENTION to acts of non-violence so as to inspire others to do the same and help those to stay determined, to 'hang in there' until more and more people notice. Not 'rewarding' bad behaviour with concern and attention does not mean one condones it, one merely doesn't fuel this fire. PAY ATTENTION to non-violent behaviour while quietly figuring out what the problem really is, is far more effective in the long run....
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Posted over 4 years ago
Eric Whitacre: A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong
Thank you Eric! I always thought life began with and through sound and music and you proved it to be so. The letter you showed of the lady from the Alaskan bush convinced me of it. I am so glad you didn't join a band, for you gave us a heck of a lot more this way!!!