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  1. Apr 2019
    1. which boundaries we see depends on what we are doing—on our purposes.

      Here it is again.

  2. Nov 2018
    1. Otherwise any old person will be allowed to claim too much status—which is terrible

      Trying to figure out if I am status-blind. Don’t think I am, but this doesn’t sound like a description of what I feel. Trying to figure out if it does as a charicature…

    2. This is why it’s important to be able to casually invoke civilizational inadequacy

      Silicon Valley culture seems to me to do this well.

  3. Apr 2018
    1. all of these problems

      What about "talking past each other", where the people don't even realize they're not saying the same thing (e.g. two people both arguing for "justice", but one means moving to a redistributive system while the other means redistributing a particular good within the existing system)?

  4. www.rationality.org www.rationality.org
    1. We are neither about pure research nor pure execution, but about applied rationality—the middle ground where the rubber hits the road, where one’s models meet reality, and where one’s ideas and plans either pay off (or they don’t).

      Or, as an educational researcher might put it, "praxis" :)

      (The full analogy here seems to be—pure research : pure execution : applied rationality :: theory : practice : praxis)

    1. I'll start out by saying "I'm trying to write the opening paragraph of this paper", and then I'll notice the word 'trying', and I'll introspect a bit and rephrase a bit and I'll eventually figure out that I was doing was "sitting in front of a screen holding the subject of the paper in my head waiting for my gut to figure out what to write" or something along those lines. With that description given, it's much easier for me to say "aha, my gut doesn't know what to write first; I'll make an outline on a whiteboard or some other place that feels non-committal."

      This is amazing writing advice

    2. unless I had been interrupted so many times that I was beginning to doubt my ability to complete the task

      This made me laugh ^.^

    1. I've used examples from physics and mathematics because that's my training, but I believe that for most subjects of any depth, experts have hidden representations that could inspire interfaces reifying those representations.

      In social sciences I often imagine the "shape" of an idea. Are framework A and framework B describing the same phenomenon? It depends on whether they are shaped such that all the same "pieces" can fit inside them, with the same relationships to each other.

  5. Sep 2017
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  7. Jul 2016
    1. pay for certification if they wish to validate that learning externally

      In a world where education is free and certification is not… how much does certification cost? How much does it limit access to good jobs and institutions to those already possessing wealth?

  8. Jun 2016
    1. giving our kids agency

      I think there's a distinction to be made between "giving kids agency" (as in, we bestow agency upon thou) and "sustaining an environment wherein kids can exercise their own agency". In the former case we lay out the choices and the kids pick, in the latter case the kids construct the choices and then choose. It's a subtle distinction and there are likely ways to see it as a non-distinction but I think even as a linguistic distinction it can help frame what we're actually trying to do in a way that leads us towards a slightly better world.

      That comment aside (and I slip all the time on making this distinction), I love this point.

    2. And now we’re besties again.

      I can relate. I have deep respect for AK but often find myself flipping back and forth between strong agreement and feeling somewhat off-put by what he writes. That seems like a healthier relationship to have with any public intellectual though than 100% agreement 100% of the time. I'm so glad his writing exists in the world and I'm glad yours does too. Seems like this kind of layered relationship is just part of dealing with complex systems. :-)

    3. If we don’t force kids to come to school in order to change their ‘mindsets’, why ARE they here? 

      To develop their own "mindsets" in a nurturing environment that values their agency and supports them in seeing and realizing the possibilities in their lives? :-)

    4. Second, this is a false dichotomy right out of the gate.

      Amen. Systemic vs. individual approaches to improving education are absolutely both necessary.