“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this:
“You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.””
— Doris Lessing
keywords: education, children

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three more instances of the uncanny valley (or, at least significant examples of non-monotonicity)
1. students leave at will until just before the dismissal bell, at which time they are admonished not to leave, but to ‘wait for the bell’.
2. students can leave at will to go to the restroom, but teachers, who cannot leave their posts, have to call for someone to cover for them when they want to go to the restroom.
3. students have access to secure content (during standardized testing), but teachers, including test-administrators, do not.
keywords: mathematics, counter-intuitive situations

desired hardware feature

— a count on the refrigerator door, of how many times the door has been opened (since the latest reset of the counter). This count would be interesting, and also serve as a security measure: You could tell if someone opened the door since you last did.
keywords: technology, display, information

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The hyperbolic nature of initiative means that a man must become Santa Claus just to keep an even keel. (cf: “Every man goes through three stages in his life: First, he believes in Santa Claus. Second, he does not believe in Santa Claus. Third, he IS Santa Claus.”)
keywords: General Systems Theory, processes, 1/x, stuck at the beginning, procrastination

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Most of the misery in the world is due to the fact that any phenomenon not expressed abstractly must be experienced. (cf: Blaise Pascal’s saying, “All the trouble in the world is due to the inability of a man to sit quietly in a room.”)