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  • Kristan shared from The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past) by Cixin Liu
    “Of course it should be the correct philosophy of Marxism that guides scientific experiments!” one of the male Red Guards finally said. “Then that’s equivalent to saying that the correct philosophy falls out of the sky. This is against the idea that the truth emerges from experience. It’s counter to the principles of how Marxism seeks to understand nature.” Shao Lin and the two college student Red Guards had no answer for this. Unlike the Red Guards who were still in junior high school, they couldn’t completely ignore logic. But the four junior high girls had their own revolutionary...
    Note: Attacks on science come in all shapes and sizes...
  • Kristan shared from Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock, Dan Gardner
    “All who drink of this treatment recover in a short time, except those whom it does not help, who all die,” he wrote. “It is obvious, therefore, that it fails only in incurable cases.”5
    Note: Kent's poets and Roman physicians make similar arguments in defense of their analyses...
  • Kristan shared from Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock, Dan Gardner
    So is reality clocklike or cloud-like? Is the future predictable or not? These are false dichotomies, the first of many we will encounter. We live in a world of clocks and clouds and a vast jumble of other metaphors. Unpredictability and predictability coexist uneasily in the intricately interlocking systems that make up our bodies, our societies, and the cosmos. How
    Note: Tetlock waxing poetic on the nature of predictability...worth reading!
  • Kristan shared from Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21s t Century by Cathy N. Davidson
    If institutions of school and work fight changes that people happily have adopted in their lives, then perhaps the source of distraction in the workplace isn’t technology—perhaps it is the outmoded practices required by our schools and workplaces.
    Note: Now, here's a thought!
  • Kristan shared from Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21s t Century by Cathy N. Davidson
    We are inheritors of a workplace carefully designed to make us efficient for a world that no longer exists.
    Note: Replace "workplace" with "education" and this quote still hits home!