Edward Coates

Kailua, HI, United States

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Edward Coates
Posted almost 3 years ago
2011: a year of revolution and change?
I think 2011 is a year of positive revolution in the hands of the individuals that it matters most too. We are seeing people taking their lives and their futures in hand. Individuals are no longer being oppressed or lead by their government but becoming free and shaping their future. I just wish America could share in it. It seems we oppress ourselves more and more everyday and forgot that we are a government "of the people, for the people" not a goverment for big buisness or political gain. I think this has been a great year so far.
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Edward Coates
Posted almost 3 years ago
Are laws that prohibit religious freedom as dangerous as laws that mandate it?
I agree with Mark in his remarks below, we should strive for individual liberty. Religion does not play a part in politics or in creating laws because everyone does not have the same faith. I use faith because some don't have a structured religion. Even in America were we have religious freedom, the media and some politicians acts like if you are not christian you are not American, which is the opposite principles the country was founded on. I want people to workship their God on the weekend and come monday do what is decent and good for their commom and not degrade them or alienate them. By my picture you can tell I don't fit into a minority section but it is what I feel is right for people.
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Edward Coates
Posted about 3 years ago
Are internet users beginning a surrogate life?
You do bring up an excellent point Tom. With each passing generation, more and more people spend more time on the internet then the last. My parents use the computer maybe two or three times a week, were as I am logged on in some way every day. I’m talking about outside of work, recreational use. I kind of see it as TV for other generations. I think it is up to the individual to unplug. I do believe, like you fear, that there will be segments of the population that will plug in and stay in but I don’t see it as an epidemic.
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Edward Coates
Posted about 3 years ago
How should plagiarism be handled at online communities like TED Conversations?
This topic caught my eye because I had recently had a conversation like this with a professor. I had written a paper for him and in the references I listed works that were not cited in the body of the paper. He found it unusually because most people cite their references. My argument was that these texts had a direct effect on the direct and ideas formulated in the paper even if I did use the word for word text from the papers. The reason for this story is that we crossed over from papers to on-line discussion boards and we both agreed that you should write the reference in some way if you are quoting it. I understand especially if you read constantly that ideas get muddled together but you should make an attempt to reference the matter. For example, I believe Newton came up with the law of gravity. (Please don’t make fun of my pedestrian idea; it’s just to show a point). If you flat out cut and paste, it is stealing intellectual property. Like Andrea said, people put blood, sweat, and tears into creating such ideas. I think the least you can do is apologize if you do it on accident but don’t try to deny it. I think it is harder here on discussion board to enforce it because how do you copyright a discussion. I think on discussion boards it just comes down to decency and an individual’s morals. If they can’t be decent and admit the used someone else’s work, they should be suspended. For myself, I come to this board to discuss topics of interest with peers of a like mind. If they want to peddle others work as their own then they can go to a board that it is the norm. It does not need to happen on TED.
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Edward Coates
Posted about 3 years ago
Has science made us gods even before we've become worthy of being men?
I think it is in our nature to question the morality of what we do with science. I’m sure that the individuals like those on the Manhattan project spent nights wonder if they were doing right thing. The old quote “it is not a question of can we but should we? I think we have to watch our moral compass more today then ever before because large corporation lead the exploration of our scientific endeavors. In the past, the major of those who sought knowledge went to universities and mostly looked to understand. Now, I believe more people are looking for a pay check and are willing to push the envelope without questioning it. They are not looking to understand but to bring results for the company. This in my opinion is the most dangerous type of science.