Food For Thought…

Watch this video.

John Hunter is making a stir as a teacher. Apparently there are 4th graders that know a thing or two about world peace.  Tell me what you think…

 

 

I have long held that human minds are capable from very early on but lack knowledge. Likewise, early human minds were capable but lacked knowledge. I think we should be asking kids to solve very complex problems, to think critically, and to act together.

The theory of mind that I find most appealing is one that explains all the questions. The development of the prefrontal cortex in teens explains some behaviors. They don’t possess the critical analysis tools to think about what they are doing – roughly speaking. As they learn to do this, the tools develop in their brains in the prefrontal cortex. That is our brains learn new patterns to recognize and build the networks to recognize those patterns. Self analysis is not really critical until there is maturity in the systems to be analyzed. While the brain is building basic recognition engines, it need not analyze these. When they are built, then we can build secondary and tertiary analysis systems.

The prefrontal cortex is pretty important:

The most typical psychological term for functions carried out by the prefrontal cortex area is executive function. Executive function relates to abilities to differentiate among conflicting thoughts, determine good and bad, better and best, same and different, future consequences of current activities, working toward a defined goal, prediction of outcomes, expectation based on actions, and social “control” (the ability to suppress urges that, if not suppressed, could lead to socially unacceptable outcomes).

Many authors have indicated an integral link between a person’s personality and the functions of the prefrontal cortex.

Yes, I use Wikipedia a lot. It gives short answers with references so my readers do not have to wade through huge medical or psychological papers to see support for my thoughts. If you would like to point me to conflicting information, please do.

Basically, as our brains develop recognition systems, systems to analyze those systems, and systems to analyze those systems, it all starts adding up. It starts with the ability to ‘experience’ input data. This is not in the prefrontal cortex, but clearly gets some help from it. We all make better decisions at 30 than we do at 15. Better hardware/firmware is the reason for much of this. More analysis is the reason, more meta-analysis. From this I can deduce that each layer of analysis and pattern recognition builds on the previous. One simple algorithm or a short list of them is all that is needed to build all of these layers. From the simple we get the very complex.

No, this doesn’t fully explain consciousness but it supports what I’m using as a building block for that explanation.

What do you think?

What I Meant To Say Was….

I am nearly speechless with this video. I’ve laughed so hard I spit beer in my keyboard. I actually LOL’d

Please enjoy this too…. Dusty pulls off another good one

“Where did YOU study science?”  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

 

I need new expletives… there is another video. It’s like a two ring circus… enjoy

 

 

These are god’s warriors folks… aren’t you glad?

How Much Work Is Permissible On Vacation?

So I mowed the lawn. Removed the closet from my laundry room as first stage of remodelling, and now am at the keyboard reading work emails.

 

Just to make it a little better, I want to give a shout out to UhOhBro on Youtube

He has a way of making fun of stuff that makes me laugh. I’m not sure why yet. If any of  you figure it out, let me know.  Happy dead people day!

 

 

Remember … The Dream? The Day It Died?

It’s that time again, Memorial day. A time to remember the dead. Those innumerable lives lost in the wars against ideologies, aggression, and often in aid of promoting ignorance and greed. We are far from being a pacifist race. We hairless apes like a good dust up. The more violent the better, right? MMA, Boxing, Roller Derby? Remember them?

 

 

The practice of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers is an ancient custom. Soldiers’ graves were decorated in the U.S. before and during the American Civil War. A claim was made in 1906 that the first Civil War soldier’s grave ever decorated was in Warrenton, Virginia on June 3, 1861, implying the first Memorial Day occurred there. There is authentic documentation that women in Savannah, Georgia decorated soldiers’ graves in 1862. In 1863, the cemetery dedication at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was a ceremony of commemoration at the graves of dead soldiers. Local historians in Boalsburg, PA, claim that ladies there decorated soldiers’ graves on July 4, 1864. As a result, Boalsburg promotes itself as the birthplace of Memorial Day. — Wikipedia

 

Celebrating and remembering the dead is the best you can do after you decided to send them off to die? It seems the decent thing to do, right? Just monkeys killing monkeys killing monkeys…

 

The value of war …

 

Remember the dead of wars

Nagasaki remembers…

We saw Hiroshima today — or what little is left of it. We were so shocked with what we saw that most of us felt like weeping; not out of sympathy for the Japs but because we were revolted by this new and terrible form of destruction. Compared to Hiroshima, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne are practically untouched … The sickly sweet smell of death is everywhere.

  — photographer Bernard Hoffman — September 3, 1945, to LIFE’s long-time picture editor, Wilson Hicks

Yes, remembering the dead is the best thing that we can do. There’s no point in thanking them silently before picking up and spending all the war money on space travel. There’s no point really in thinking their sacrifices are really worth something more than creating space between this war and the next. Lets not forget the past, lets live there. Lets not look to the future… it’s a daft and scary place. Just ask Neil:
Yes, remember the dead and what they died for. When we stop dreaming it will be all we have left to do.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas

Monkeys Killing Monkeys…

At times my mind will go ‘walk about’ as I’m trying to settle problems in my head. It’s not that I give it permission to start pulling random things out of nowhere. It just seems that this is what happens. It’s as if while trying to solve a problem the parts of my mind that are not directly involved are trying to solve the problem too but their contribution is, or can be, a little off the beaten path.

I have my private hunches why this is, but I wonder if other people get the same kind of thing going on in their head when they’re trying to solve a problem which seems hard or difficult?

Tonight, for some reason which is probably not mysterious to the keen observer I thought of this video. Clearly I also thought to share.

“Right In Two”

Angels on the sideline,
Puzzled and amused.
Why did Father give these humans free will?
Now they’re all confused.

Don’t these talking monkeys know that
Eden has enough to go around?
Plenty in this holy garden, silly monkeys,
Where there’s one you’re bound to divide it.
Right in two.

Angels on the sideline,
Baffled and confused.
Father blessed them all with reason.
And this is what they choose.
And this is what they choose…

Monkey killing monkey killing monkey
Over pieces of the ground.
Silly monkeys give them thumbs,
They forge a blade,
And where there’s one
they’re bound to divide it,
Right in two.
Right in two.

Monkey killing monkey killing monkey.
Over pieces of the ground.
Silly monkeys give them thumbs.
They make a club.
And beat their brother, down.
How they survive so misguided is a mystery.

Repugnant is a creature who would squander the ability to lift an eye to heaven conscious of his fleeting time here.

Cut and divide it all right in two [x4]

Fight over the clouds, over wind, over sky
Fight over life, over blood, over prayer,
overhead and light
Fight over love, over sun,
over another, Fight for each other,
for the ones who are rising.

Angels on the sideline again.
Benched along with patience and reason.
Angels on the sideline again
Wondering when this tug of war will end.

Cut and divide it all right in two [x3]
RIGHT IN TWO!

Right in two…

First I do a lookup()

Then I can use that as an index to compare the computed value against previous values to find the ….

The garage door needs lubricated again and I need to buy light bulbs to replace the burned out bulbs upstairs …

I can’t do this right unless I use two tabs …

I forgot to get cheese on the way home …

I’m hungry for a sandwich…

Wait, I only want to highlight this value if column E is negative ….

I wonder what the weather is going to be like on Sunday …

I’m never going to get this tool done tonight, might as well get a drink … that tastes good …

Wait, how did I do that when I was in London? Do I still have my notebook?

What’s my Hulu password?

Damn, I’m using the wrong index return value …

Okay, break over, back to work …

How To Criticize Islam Politely?

There are plenty of arguments about whether Hitler was Christian and just how much evil was done by atheist people in the world and on and on. That said there isn’t much question about the motivations for the killing of a soldier in England on Wednesday. So the question of how to confront the problems that Islam creates continues…

 

About right now, I am out of give-a-damns for political correctness when dealing with the ‘sensitivities of Islam’ and trying to get common sense out of the whole thing. So here  you go… check the lyrics

 

 

Oh, there seem to be plenty of Muslims back peddling and speaking against this one act. That’s a drop in the ocean compared to what they do not speak against but should. Cry me a river already. Why can’t you just say it? Islam attracts the crazy like stink on shit. Then it keeps hold of it, lets it fester, spurs it on till it can’t keep control over it anymore…

 

 

Best Response To “The Thaw” So Far

Yes, I know… another video link…

PhilosophicalVlogs has some pretty good stuff. Stop over and show some love if you are so inclined. I like his response better than any others so far. Apologists will be sure to tell us that they don’t follow the old covenant and all that, but I think this video nails things down. If you’re not following god’s word … you’re just making shit up.

Yes, I know it’s nearly summer and he is wearing winter stuff… I have no clue. Perhaps it’s because he is so cool?

Guess what happens in part two?

UPDATE:

Okay, do NOT hurt yourself guessing…

 

Yeah, I don’t get the wardrobe changes either… hahaha

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