Addison Rennick

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Someone is shy

Addison hasn't completed a profile. Should we look for some other people?

Comments & conversations

Noface
Addison Rennick
Posted over 3 years ago
How do you feel about the responsibility of the government towards the young people (18-25) regarding the economic and financial crisis?
Oh come on, surely you've heard of the great depression? the FDIC doesn't have enough money to cover everyone. Think this is unlikely? It almost happened in 2008. They injected hundreds of billion in an attempt to stop the mass withdrawals and it was sucked up in a matter of hours. They had to shut the whole works down and reopen it the next day when everyone had calmed down. All caused, of course, by people who know better but are too damn greedy to care.
Noface
Addison Rennick
Posted over 3 years ago
How do you feel about the responsibility of the government towards the young people (18-25) regarding the economic and financial crisis?
We rarely vote, therefore we rarely get anything special. When a politician can visit a bunch of nursing homes and convince everyone there that if they don't vote for them the world will explode there's not much you can do. In my country an elderly person is worth about 5 university students because they vote 5 times as often!
Noface
Addison Rennick
Posted almost 4 years ago
Isn't it time to eliminate grades in education?
I know. It's so frustrating because there really is no good system that anyone has yet conceived. Apprenticeship-style education worked very well in the renaissance, but would that work today? A pass/fail system would work better, but I think it should be built around a fundamental truth: some people are stupid. Some people are bad at math, some people don't want or like to do history, and some people are great at everything. The one failure of modern education is the exact opposite of what David Wees said. Don't hold back a class because one student has a malformed head and is bad at spatial reasoning. Instead, hold back the student and move the other students into the requisite higher classes. This should start in kindergarten. Too much of our time is wasted learning long division the 305th time when we knew it like the back of our hand 6 years ago. A student that is ready to learn algebra should learn algebra whether he is 7 or 17. Some might say "but that's harsh. Kids will feel bad if they see themselves constantly failing at something." Yeah. That's the point. Yes it sounds harsh, but in reality study after study has shown that higher self esteem does absolutely nothing for one's long-term happiness, income level, family life, or crime rates. As it turns out violent criminals think very highly of themselves! It's always better to know the truth, no matter how harsh, then to live disillusioned. Do you know how many 20-something male friends I have that are basically failures as adults? Pretty much all of them.
Noface
Addison Rennick
Posted almost 4 years ago
Isn't it time to eliminate grades in education?
The problem is not with grades per se, it's what they represent. Grades are just a carrot used to bait kids into learning. Just as a horse doesn't learn to calmly walk a path when led by a carrot a student doesn't learn for its own sake when the only possible meaningful achievement they can obtain is a letter on a piece of paper. It gets worse when the letter is reduced to meaninglessness because of the pressure for the school to preform and retain its funding. It's then that you get a school system full of kids doing work for which they will get close to nothing. What does a "B" in high school calculus really mean? Does it mean you know calculus? Spare me.
Noface
Addison Rennick
Posted about 4 years ago
Mustafa Akyol: Faith versus tradition in Islam
Education has little to do with it. It's about cultural memes. . . which is most of the problem. Islam is watching its "values" get destroyed by the west. And they don't like it. The us-versus-them mentality of "if they were only like us!" is the entire problem. They are not like us because they are not us. Any attempt to change that will be met with resistance, as it's basically just colonialism-lite.
Noface
Addison Rennick
Posted about 4 years ago
What are the limits of science? When does science become useless for answering our questions? When do other fields become necessary?
"The problem here is that he is having a scientific discussion about a subject that ceases to be science and becomes only speculation. Because the proper sphere of science is exhausted, his scientific talk about things that can't be seen, tested, or measured (like other universes) tends to be nonsense." So did Einstein. The difference is Sean wants to find the evidence for his ideas. Religions and philosophy do not.
Noface
Addison Rennick
Posted about 4 years ago
Do you think world would be more peaceful place to live without any religion ?
That depends what you define as religion. Religion, at its core, is a social construct. It is a system that has accomplished more through cooperation than any other system in human history except blood relation. Religion is the only system out there that can consistently and widely convince unrelated people to give up their own resources for a cause they beleive in. However, religion does not discriminate between the ideas it promotes. Just as good ideas can be bolstered and great human accomplishments can be achieved, bad ideas can flourish for millennia, and it can also "accomplish" the subjugation of billions. It could be the belief that women are inferior, or it could be the abolition of slavery. It doesn't matter. So I think most prominent voices on the topic are wrong. We don't need to apply a sledgehammer to religion, we need to apply a scalpel. Cut out the bad and leave the good. Otherwise humans will just fill the void with some other crap. And there's no guarantee that it wouldn't be worse. Because it is a social construct the only way to truly get rid of religion is to get rid of humans. If you want to get rid of something get rid of the human appetite for absolute knowledge.