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Economics, Political Science, Hermeneutics, education

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David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
Thank you, Colleen, for sharing definitions of "being" in relation to "consciousness" (Do you have any sources available on these definitions? Or school of thoughts? Just curious.) With regard to consciousness as a subjective matter: Well, taking the thought experiment serious: Who, if so, could then deny?
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Posted over 2 years ago
Michael Norton: How to buy happiness
What happens if you vary the amount people get for being prosocial? It would be an even stronger result if people are still happier spending it prosocially than for private use if the amount they get for both uses is exactly the same. Would be important to make sure people are not simply happy because they clearly made more out of the donation.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals
Most impressively, the capuchin not only became aggressive against non-fair treatment getting no grapes but also was able to judge (!) neither he nor his stone can be made responsible for it: I interpret his stone testing against the wall as his perfect measure of whether his stone is of broken value.
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Posted almost 3 years ago
John Hunter: Teaching with the World Peace Game
To top it: Even if you consider the tasks of the game as oversimplified, the role they are playing are self-created by the children. They act as they see their world (and I doubt that it matters much which world, the game's world or our real one, to build up values, character traits or problem solving competences).
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Posted over 3 years ago
Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From mistakes
Perhaps understressed so far: I guess she is vocated to teach - not only because she really loves her students but also because she takes them (and their sorrows) serious, something we need - also as students.
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Posted over 3 years ago
Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From mistakes
Excellent! And yet, please allow me, a word of caution: As it is indeed so important to encourage to learn from mistakes, make learning a progress, I think the first step is to make sure the students are confident. They need to feel safe that the teacher (or better: life) will provide a second opportunity to perform better next time. Otherwise mistakes remain discouraging and harm self-confidence.
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Posted almost 4 years ago
Joseph Nye: Global power shifts
I am concerned about what he said about being feared: 1) I cannot bring along using power and cooperative behavior. I cannot think of any situation that works with power used, just because using it always fears some people. Can you? 2) I think it is natural to fear a situation in which you will have to get along without what you were used to possess and that might also apply to (economic) power. 3) I liked that he really applied what he was saying: Declaring fear as a psychological enemy, he tries hard to calm listeners down, although I am not able to say whether he is convincing after all, do you think so?
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Posted almost 4 years ago
Hans Rosling: The good news of the decade?
... and as such an "evolutionary defense mechanism" (what a nice phrase!) consider families as an incarnation of religious thoughts: The larger the families, the easier to spread the thoughts.
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Posted almost 4 years ago
Hans Rosling: The good news of the decade?
your statement reminds me of John Stuart Mill who said: "it is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; ..." (see http://faculty.frostburg.edu/phil/forum/Mill.htm if your are interested in more details) meaning, a highly cultured person is worth more, and please substitute the "pig" by a new-born for your argument - and note one major difference: a new-born could (potentially) become even more sophisticated whereas (say) a pig cannot. I agree, though, that there is no sense in judging some lives higher than others - but lets judge potentials, higher and lower potentials - just to be realistic.