Alan Henderson

Austin, TX, United States

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Alan Henderson
Posted over 2 years ago
What's a degree worth?
I believe learning at an advanced level is itself a skill. We all have a certain predisposition for this trait but in the end it is our own will that ultimately gauges our capacity for life long learning. Just as our natural physical ability is always well outpaced by the abilities we attain through concerted effort so goes the powers of the human mind. What we should be asking ourselves when we engage in higher learning is what we intend to achieve. At 33 I'm a bit older than most of my fellow students and I have literally been around the world a few times. I took on this challenge with a very different perspective than most. Would I hire someone based on their experience over someone based on their education? I suppose it would depend on the subject matter and what that history could tell me about a person. Do they possess a dynamic intellect that has discovered how to learn? Do they know how to digest new information and produce derivative ideas? Is this person a lifelong learner or were they just sprinting? This is where I draw the line. For me the degree is meaningless without a passion for knowledge and experience is easily accidental, and usually is. The things a person spends their time to understand says a lot about them. If you are having trouble seeing the value of your degree then I suggest you set your goals a lot higher (for some people I will admit that was a bit unfair but for many it certainly was not). As for the online trend, we have an AWESOME start but it is far from a finished product. I can see at least one glaring issue with the standard school system and it is the standards. Case in point.... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/9638334/Williams-F1-struggling-to-find-recruits-with-maths-skills.html We are redesigning our education systems from the inside out. It will probably get worse before it gets better but it will get better. In the meantime be realistic about your expectations and keep your indirect costs low.
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Alan Henderson
Posted almost 5 years ago
Joel Burns: A message to gay teens: It gets better
I served at Futenma with the 1st MAW on two little 6 month detachments from the 3rd MAW. Those were tiny rooms with 3-5 men in each and two common showers on each floor. I will admit our DADT case did cause me pause for a moment once when I ran into him in the showers. I was more embarrassed by my childish reflex than him. We also had a severe homophobic in our unit but it never stopped him from doing his job. Not even a moments hesitation, not once, and yes he knew about the guy.
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Alan Henderson
Posted almost 5 years ago
Joel Burns: A message to gay teens: It gets better
Mr. Ramsey I absolutely agree with you as well. Mr. miller don't bother we don't need people who don't trust their fellow service members to mature past the 8th grade. As for the Solomon Act, if we remove the source of the induced legal dissidence then we would solve the problem with the Solomon Act. Remove DADT and the Solomon Act solves itself.
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Alan Henderson
Posted almost 5 years ago
Joel Burns: A message to gay teens: It gets better
Kris Hecman you could not possibly be more wrong. I spent 6 years in the United Sates Marine Corps and was honorably discharged as a Sergent. The obvious odd sexual orientation of certain fellow Marines never once posed an issue to anyone. I even shared a room with a man who was a known homosexual. It never caused me any concern. Why should it? This is an insane conversation making absurd assumptions that the military is populated with reflexive morons who cannot deal with totally inconsequential revelations. If in fact these people are so profoundly disturbed by such things then how do they deal with mutilated bodies and worse things so beyond their experience. Does it really make sense that their psyche can be so frail on one end and so stoic on the other? DADT was quite uniformly seen as an absolute absurdity on the bases where I served. I refuse to expect a man to defend me when I'm injured and then dictate to him the terms of his existence. They are already there. Just admit it.
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Alan Henderson
Posted over 5 years ago
Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions
Please try not to take Joita too seriously. Getting mad at this one person will not help change the western image of the Muslim faith and I doubt your anger will ever convince this individual. Be calm and do what you know to be right. Above all else do not try to teach the true peacful nature of the Muslim faith to a stone. It has no ears and it will not ever hear you.
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Alan Henderson
Posted over 5 years ago
Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions
Karmel, I agree with your assertions in general. However, the speaker did try to define this as a unique condition and not endemic to the sum of the Muslim faith, albeit a weak attempt. This was a sticking point for me as well and I was wondering if anyone was going to say anything. I'm not Muslim so I cannot truly speak intelligently on the subject but as I understand it your religion would actually respond to burning women quite negatively, just as you have. To complete my thrust across the middle I should point out that it does happen. Additionally, there are of course suicide bombers acting on the behalf of Allah but I doubt the majority of Muslims find much sense in that either. Unfortunately, zealots will manipulate any given faith for the sake of power anywhere. Luckily these are usually relegated to minor populations of followers. More than anything I feel I should apologize for yet another clumsy and incomplete description casting bad light on your beliefs.
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Alan Henderson
Posted over 5 years ago
Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions
The impetus calling me to action when I hear a baby cry has nothing to do with some exterior force. I find my moral drive from with in and not from with out. This externalized moral driver which many people seem to require is a crutch at best. It is just a way for them to distance themselves from the results of acts taken in response to this omniscient moral guide. Given the depth of disdainful acts unleashed in the name of God, I don't blame them. Surely, if such a being has put us here and intends us to be moral creatures then it would expect us to have some sense on the matter. Morality does not need an external motivator. The products of moral behavior are in themselves reason enough. I'm a deist but God does not bear weight in my self image or my personal governance. Many atheist are very moral people and they manage with out a God entirely. You appear to imply that one must have a reason to be moral or why bother and that is truly untenable. I for one don't need a reason.
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Alan Henderson
Posted over 5 years ago
Jane Chen: A warm embrace that saves lives
I had a little rant in response to some of the less rational individuals on here. I wish I had read this first. The people in this thread actually seem to get it. Pairing an instructional guide on skin to skin contact would be perfect. Perhaps they could even print some of the core information directly on to the device so that some information would still be passed on with the warmer even if the booklet was lost.
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Alan Henderson
Posted over 5 years ago
Jane Chen: A warm embrace that saves lives
It is important to recognize that this invention provides a stop gap covering a much greater number of individuals than standard incubators could. This invention was never posited as a cure all for all people, but instead, just a way to help even more people than we currently do. I don't know about you but if my child was sick in such a manner, skin to skin contact would never have to be suggested or recomended. It is called common sense. What many posts missed is that there are times when this is just not possible. As was pointed out, the targeted group already has very little. So how exactly is the parent suppose to garauntee nearly constant temperature if they cant garauntee skin to skin contact. Please realize that they must still feed themselves which requires work. The fact the mother or father can work with a child hanging off them does not mean the weakened child can survive under all conditions. Now there is an option that is far more accessible albeit still not universally.