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Frederick Kintanar
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I've been following Lustig's research for several years. This is video is accessible for a general audience, and has a lot of actionable info. Lustig's research and advocacy has changed the way I think about food.
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"Procrastination is not waiting and it is more than delaying. It is a decision to not act."

It is also a decision to act on something less important and more delayable, instead of resolving a long-standing indecision on something important and (perhaps still) delayable.
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a 13 minute tale by Alanis Obomsawin. A sad young girl meets Bear and learns acceptance.
Sigwan
Sigwan
nfb.ca
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two versions of a melody composed by Mohawk speakers, then arranged for string quartet. Part of the Native Composers Project.
Dawn Ieriho:kwats Avery
Dawn Ieriho:kwats Avery
raisingthewords.com
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I was reading about Phelan-McDermid syndrome, which is a monogenic disease (the phenotype is Mendelian, so much easier to catch than most diseases) caused by deletion on one end of humans' smallest chromosome, 22d13. It is congenital disabling intellectual disorder, with an impact of similar to Autism Spectrum Disorders. But since it now has a known cause underlying the neurodevelopmental symptoms of used as criteria for ASD, and those causes are more like Down syndrome than other conditions falling under ASD, I wondered whether it should be reclassified outside of ASD. After all, there may be some similarities between Down symptoms and some forms of ASD, but you wouldn't want to call Down a kind of ASD, it has a known cause (three copies, instead of two, of chromosome 21, the only kind of tripling that isn't always fatal to the fetus, I believe) that is almost certainly unrelated to most ASD conditions (not all of which are properly called diseases, high-functioning Asperger's might not be much different from having a nerdy disposition), if research ever finds causes for those. ASD is sort of a garbage bin category for neuro-developmental disorders n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified), and discovering a cause should remove a condition from ASD.
So that started me thinking about how Downs syndrome is classified by psychiatrists. I searched for the description Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, and came across this well-reasoned 2013 article in Mother Jones, where DSM-5 is called a disaster. It never became official anyway, so better to stick with DSM-IV. I wonder what is happening at the WHO level.
The article is mostly an interview of psychiatrist Allen Frances who headed the DSM-IV team and blasts the decision of DSM-5 people to include mild mental disorders, as opening the floodgates for big pharma to peddle drugs and get doctors and insurance companies to collude in overprescription. When I get the time, I'd like to read Frances' book, Saving Normal. If anybody has read it, I'd love to hear what you think.
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Tim Gowers compares the priorities of two kinds of mathematicians, problem-solvers and theory builders. Then he makes a defense of combinatorics, "not quite in its conventional sense, but as a general term to refer to problems that it is reasonable to attack more or less from first principles. (This is really a matter of degree rather than an absolute distinction.)"
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Yuri Manin distinguishes between the normative foundations of the early 20th century and the pragmatic foundations of Bourbaki. He now suggests we are going through a period of rebuilding the pragmatic foundations, on the basis of higher categories and homotopical topology. This is the sort of thing Voevodsky was working on with Homotopy Type Theory and Univalent Foundations.
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An useful website for high school and A-levels math, it turns out that the "chief mathematician" is from the Philippines. It would be nice to make YouTube videos of some of these problems, with the discussion in Filipino. I'd be interested in exploring some of my ideas about the language of math and education, including using dialog rather than expository monolog.
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Four macroskills into two megaskills for Language Arts. Whether it in initial or higher literacy, or broader areas of language arts, it is common to focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking. But another, perhaps higher level, way to formulate the goals of language education are: 1) expressing and communicating intentions, and 2) understanding messages and plans.

This formulation is intended to give adequate emphasis to the pragmatic dimension of language, and discussed in the article "Pragmatics" in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and in Korta and Perry's book Critical Pragmatics.

Language users are motivated by the desire to display their intentions so that others can pick up on what they express. It is not enough to say what you want, but there needs to be successful communication, with the listeners or readers.

A speech act conveys some kind of content or message, but the underlying significance of the act involves inferring how the speaker planned that the surface message relates to the relevant situation, allowing the speaker to understand both the intended meaning and the literal meaning. In spoken contexts, the understanding may emerge immediately from the shared perceptions of the relevant situation (common ground) bypassing the need to reconstruct the literal message. In the context of writing, we depend on further cooperation from the reader to fill in gaps not explicit from the literal words and constructions combined with enriching information from established senses of meaning. Grice's maxims of conversational implicature give some tools for understanding how this cooperation happens.

The kind of reasoning needed for successful communication often goes beyond straightforward logical deduction, but may involve reasoning backwards or inference to the best explanations (what C.S. Peirce called abductive reasoning). Success in understanding means recognizing how speech acts rely on imparting on the bare message (propositional content, or truth conditions) with a certain force that relates the action of speaking to the goals of the speaker in a continuing discourse (what Austin and Searle call illocutionary force).
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They mention placing it on oil rigs, I wonder if it can be made small enough to fit on life boats.
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