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  1. Apr 2018
    1. The fundamental circumstance of our lost paradisewas that human beings were the centre and beneficiaries of a bounteous andbenevolent nature, unperturbed by changes of season or extremes of tem-perature, fed and clothed by plants and animals who existed to provide fortheir necessities

      This is very thought provoking for me. For as long as I could remember I saw mankind as a species that sucks the life out of everything good pure or anything with natural beauty. Although, there are many wonderful things mankind can accomplish when we work together. A perfect example would be building a bridge or building. Take Rome for example. For thousands of years mankind has proven themselves more than enough, demonstrating that the impossible can be possible if you just put your mind to it.

  2. Jan 2018
    1. hlachlne instruction would per- mlt each student to proceed at his orvn rate

      This may be true, but can a modern machine or AI, on its own, give a detailed and personalized explanation of why the student was incorrect? For instance, in terms of music, I do not believe a machine can explain the nuance and tone of a passage. It may be able to play a professional recording, but in my opinion, music-making, especially at an enriching, educational level, should be a creative process, not a reductive, emulative one.

      Furthermore, there is the problem of the expenses associated with these technologies. Let's say, in 2019, a machine or software is created that can grade music theory assignments with 99% accuracy. How long would it actually take for a significant number of schools to adopt such an AI? While wondering how great it would be to have such a device, it is simply not useful to pretend that it is already here.

      Beyond Scantron multiple choice graders or online assignments or videos, I rarely see machines that take the teacher's role. No machine could do everything a human teacher does in this day and age.

      Perhaps I extrapolated too much from this article. However, in my mind, when I see someone talk about "machine learning" or "machine teaching," I think of neural networking, big data, and Google Deep Mind.

    2. Programming Materia

      To create a music-teaching machine, expanding upon my first annotation, one would need it to understand the musical material. We would need complex, large-scale neural networking that can compare a student's playing to some model or professionally-done recording. With regard to my own philosophy, I think this would lead to a lack of uniqueness among young musicians. Additionally, this software would need to be easy for teachers to use without programming experience.

      In short, if we are to use machines to their full, modern capacity to inspire and guide young musicians, we would need:

      1. Neural networking software,
      2. A simple-to-use way for teachers to access or edit that software,
      3. recording equipment.

      Perhaps I extrapolated too much from this article. However, in my mind, when I see someone talk about "machine learning" or "machine teaching," I think of neural networking, big data, and Google Deep Mind.

  3. Apr 2017
    1. What if the form of this poem had rebelled against the clock’s sinister precision? What if Schnackenberg had roughened the meter or broken a line or two in half? In that case the poem would have taken a stand against artifice, made a good-faith attempt to embody the messy reality of death. Instead it maintains a sort of complicity with the clock, which never misses a beat. It’s as if the poet were saying: here is a small, perfect work of art. It neatly, even wittily encapsulates the experience of losing my father. And in its very perfection, it is a terrible lie.

      I believe I understand why one would say this, or might say this (or conclude this). But it still makes me gasp and shudder. No poem can take a stand against artifice. The notion is absurd, self-cancelling, a terrible coarsening of fragile, essential ideas. And to top it all off, it's a bad reading. Does "oarless" not make "a good-faith attempt to embody the messy reality of death"? What part of the "mess" would the writer have her embody? The decomposition? ("Embody" is deeply ironic in this writer's thoughtless, heartless evaluation.) The financial tangles? What? Why is the image of a clock as the engine of the maelstrom of time that pushes our small craft into seas we cannot steer in NOT an attempt to convey the ultimate disarray of death? The mind boggles and the heart's gorge rises. Are people upset with Schnackenberg because she's smart and learned? Are we come to this?

      Perhaps a better question is: "a terrible lie about what?"

  4. Mar 2017
    1. the skill which produces belief and therefore establishes what, in a partic-ular time and particular place, is true, is the skill essential to the building and maintaining of a civ-ilized society.

      Putting this quote in my back pocket the next time someone asks me 1) "Why are you majoring in English?" or 2) "What are you going to do with a degree in English?". My answer will be: "To make you heathens more civilized by revealing the highest truth of the world through rhetoric, something that is centrally important to society. Thanks, Fish!!

  5. Feb 2017

      Hehe, I feel the same quite often!.. and I read&write scientific journal papers for a living!!