Finbarr Timbers

Student - B.S. Applied Mathematics, B.A. Economics, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada

About Finbarr

Bio

I am a 2nd year student at the University of Alberta.

Languages

English, French

Areas of Expertise

Politics & Government, European History, Math Sciences

I'm passionate about

I am very interested in Poltiics and Governance, and most specifically that which applies to creating optimal environments for productivity.

Talk to me about

Academics, Education, Human Stupidity, System Optimization, History, Macroeconomics, International Politics

Comments & conversations

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Finbarr Timbers
Posted almost 3 years ago
Dan Cobley: What physics taught me about marketing
I disagree. I'd say that this is a way better example of exponential growth, i.e. x = ae^(kt). This states that what is done earlier has a bigger effect- Nike having already done marketing/shoe making for 40 years makes it much stronger than a company having done shoe making for 20 years.
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Finbarr Timbers
Posted about 3 years ago
What is the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher?
I think that truly caring about your charges, and your subject, is the most important thing a teacher can do. When I have a teacher who is truly passionate about her subject, I become that much more involved. When I have a teacher who is obviously only teaching since she has been forced to, the level of quality drops off significantly.
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Finbarr Timbers
Posted about 3 years ago
Are there any Republicans, tea party members, or conservatives here?
I agree. I think that the question is poorly worded, and helps reinforce contemporary partisan politics. I find myself leaning towards the right too, but in Canada. As someone leaning towards the Republicans, how has the current debt limit crisis affected your view of the Republican party? Furthermore, how has the recent partisanship environment influenced your views?
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Finbarr Timbers
Posted about 3 years ago
Are there any Republicans, tea party members, or conservatives here?
Great point. I think that one of the main issues with the labelling is that it causes people to reject ideas out of hand, without considering their pros/cons. I'd say this is most exemplified in the current Republican anti-tax standoff, but every group deals with it to a certain extent. If we could work on removing the labels and causing people to focus on ideas, the benefits to society would be huge. However, due to the current electoral system, this is nigh-impossible to accomplish.