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Edward Rozycki
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Learning Common Sense: tricks and false consensus?
AI still lacks what most 10-year-olds possess: ordinary common sense. -- Paul Allen, quoted in C Gohd "It’s Really Hard to Give AI “Common Sense” [1] ...once (AI) becomes very large, and it has thousands of units per layer and maybe hundreds of layers, then...
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The Near-Overwhelming Influence of Technology: Only for dumbing-down or distraction?
"Consumerism is Communism." -- Comment (circa 1960) made by a head of a Philadelphia area Chamber of Commerce president critical of the evaluations published in the magazine, Consumer Reports .[1] Teaching Clever Folks to be Discreet. Outside the university...
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Promoting "Good Citizenship"" Over Political Ideology, Religion & Social Class
"During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in a condition which is called war, and such a war as is of every man against every man." Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations......
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Armed Guards in Public Schools: will this prevent violence?
"Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise." -- Thomas Gray, "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" (1742) For in much wisdom [is] much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. -- Ecclesiastes 1:18 KJB Did you know that there ar...
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Desired: the Ideal, Docile Citizen? A Wimp and a Liar?
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover our impotence. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi (See Was Non-Violence Gandhi’s Ultimate Goal? ) In the many years I taught classes in ethics. both inside ...
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Maintaining Traditions of Practical Wisdom: Not Becoming a "Fool."
Practical wisdom is not musing about how someone else in a hypothetical situation ought to act. It's about "What am I do?" -- right here and right now, with this person. A practically wise person doesn't merely speculate about what's proper; she does it. --...
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Describing vs Defining. Does it make much practical difference?
Why don't we teach children definitions for everyday objects? Wouldn't it help them to have a definition of their mother, or their toy train so that they could recognize them? It seems not likely. Most kids wouldn't need such definitions. Barring disruption...
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Hard Practical Questions? Why Not Dodge Them!<br> Here's how. And why.*
If you can't solve a problem, then there is a easier problem that you can solve: find it.¨ -- George Polya, How to Solve It (cited in Kahnemann, p. 98) [1] Don't go 'round flippin' cowpies! -- American Common Sense(?) An often useful, cost-saving heuristic....
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Constricting Social Ideals: breaking the values-action link to ensure "stability."
"Stability," said the Controller, "stability. No civilization without social stability. No social stability without individual stability."--- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1989) The idea of innovation is the idea of progress stripped of the aspirations of...
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Pursuing Excellence: cultural rivalry disguised as common market?
Everybody talkin' 'bout Heaven aint goin' there… -- Thomas Arthur Dorsey (1899 - 1993) Walk All Over God's Heaven "Excellence in All Things!" A friend was hired as the headmaster of a small (70 students, grades 9 - 12) private school, the dpominant if not s...
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