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Indonesia, Jakarta Pusat
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Areas of expertise:
physcis, Engineering

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I'm passionate about

I am very passionate about self-education, education systems, transference of skill, learning method, basically the accumulation of skills and information,

An idea worth spreading

Evil comes from disability to connect to another people. Such disability disallow us to direct a tender emotion toward another human being

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The accumulation of skills (ability to self-learn), social art, and motivation


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  • A comment on Talk: Kwame Anthony Appiah: Is religion good or bad? (This is a trick question)

    Jun 16 2014: "There isn't such a thing called religion" Seems to make sense more than any arguments called for or against religion itself. Even calling specific example from a specific religion can lead to overgeneralization of the religion concept. There isn't a single definition that could capture the essence of religion without excluding some or having unneeded addition, and as all math students learn, even in a very consistent language of mathematics, we never go and state a fact about something undefinable. Any statement about an undefinable entity is simply not true.
  • A comment on Talk: Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

    Feb 1 2014: All the while in reality at large models of management or coaching are worse than carrot and sticks is still the norm. One model is the emphasis of punishment in lack of performance and lack of punishment (as a reward) for desirable performance, because coaches learned that after performer do their best and get rewarded, such as with praise they tend to do worse, while that after performer do their worst and get punished they tend to get better which is really a statistical phenomenon of mean regression (Kahneman 2011). It is terrifying what are the differences between behavior scientists and public at large knows.
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    A reply on Talk: Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals

    Apr 12 2012: Daniel,
    Of course there is little morality in such things and it is not peculiar at all. It is simply a way for human to advance science. But because humans are more emotional than rational, there is ethics in science. For example we can not open someone's brain while alive and study them even if the person agreed and we cannot confine a human from conception to maturity for research even though such study will advance science faster. Morality and ethics in science is very inefficient, a bottleneck to progress, but humane nevertheless.
  • A reply on Talk: Dan Dennett: Cute, sexy, sweet, funny

    Dec 1 2011: I believe religion and science can coexist, as a matter of fact many philosopher and brilliant scientist are religious people, guess who proposed the Big Bang? Georges Lemaître, a Belgian priest. I myself am an Atheist and I believe that science and religion can coexist if and only if religious institution does not slow science progression.
  • A reply on Talk: Daniel Wolpert: The real reason for brains

    Nov 30 2011: Let's see the definition - "the brain is designed to produce adaptable and complex movements"
    Now laziness as explained in Wikipedia "Laziness (also called indolence) is a disinclination to activity or exertion despite having the ability to do so"
    So laziness translates to: "the brain produce movement that exert least energy possible energy while the body still has enough energy reserve to do more intense movement"
    An example would be, sleeping, you would be moving occasionally in bed, your muscle will contract slightly occasionally, your eyes would rotate rapidly during REM stage, your organs will still move to keep the body going, but sleeping is not an intense activity at all.
    What's so hard in explaining it? Are we not on the same page?
  • A reply on Talk: Daniel Wolpert: The real reason for brains

    Nov 30 2011: Well it is, and he explained it in his past talks http://cbl.eng.cam.ac.uk/Public/Wolpert/KavliTalk "but I can't let a neuroscientific fact stole a good joke" ;)
  • A reply on Talk: Daniel Wolpert: The real reason for brains

    Nov 30 2011: This discussion made me curious so I searched and one of the definition of machine is
    "4. An intricate natural system or organism, such as the human body." from TheFreeDictionary This doesn't just translate directly as human body, but it actually defines it.
    What I can not see is why do you feel 'machine' have a bad connotation? " ... This reason is that we animals are the most complicated and perfectly-designed pieces of machinery in the known universe." Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins
    Machine, is a word, only a word, that symbolize an idea, the idea is never exact and varies individually. If you wish to give 'Machine' a negative connotation, fine. "It's a very ugly habit to say that people are machines." But do not expect people to understand you if you do not try to understand them.
    I'll give another example, when I was an elementary grader my teacher kept telling my friends to shut up (small children are extremely noisy), when the children doesn't stop talking then they will shout "Are you animals that can't be told?" this is one way to distill a negative connotation in an idea, while a zoologist would be perfectly fine calling themselves animals. One definition of animals is "A living organism that feeds on organic matter, typically having specialized sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli" another is "A person whose behavior is regarded as devoid of human attributes or civilizing influences, esp. someone who is very cruel, violent, or repulsive" The idea of a word is never exact, use it however you wish, but do not expect to be understood, if you do not wish to understand other people.
  • A reply on Talk: Daniel Wolpert: The real reason for brains

    Nov 30 2011: How is it same thing? It seems to me Moshé Feldenkrais is focusing on increasing self-awareness through movement, while Daniel Wolpert is focusing on the mechanics of movement in the brain and using his findings to improve robotics. Two entirely different subject.
  • A reply on Talk: Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born

    Nov 30 2011: Excessive dieting during pregnancy would put the baby in the similar situation with someone starving, and if the mother doesn't really understand what nutrition she needs, the baby will have defects, just search 'pregnancy nutrition'.
  • A reply on Talk: Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born

    Nov 30 2011: "pregnant population of Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq and else where. These places still have horrible conditions for the pregnant women. "
    What do you mean by horrible conditions?
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