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Comment: Oddly enough... (Score 2) 199

by Okian Warrior (#44340113) Attached to: Spatial Ability a Predictor of Creativity In Science

Oddly, I *did* dismantle the family refrigerator when I was 12.

The parents were away, and the thing stopped working. This was an older units with a separate compressor and motor - a big belted wheel that turned a pulley on the side of the compressor.

I took off the front panel. pulled out the frame containing the motor and compressor, and discovered the relay wasn't working. I unplugged it, cleaned/sandpapered the contacts, and put it all back before the parents got home (and told them what happened).

I also did the clock thing. I modified a mantel clock to a) not ring the hour, and b) start ringing at 2:00 AM and not stop. I hid it under my sister's bed on her wedding night.

I strongly believe special traits can be developed, including spacial ability. If you believe Geoff Calvin, there's no such thing as talent or innate ability. Everyone who is identified as an expert in their field (Mozart, Tiger Woods, Jerry Rice &c) had put in enormous amounts of practice before becoming expert. For instance, Mozart was composing at age 4, but didn't write anything particularly good until his twenties (IIRC - may have gotten the ages wrong).

Feynman, for example, believed that geniuses are common, but due to lack of education, lack of encouragement, poor education, or lack of leisure time they have no chance to blossom. (Meaning: genius-level people are too busy with a job and family to really sit down and create things.)

The literature and current studies indicate that, barring physical deformity, anyone can become an expert in just about anything. They only have to practice long enough and hard enough.

Comment: Re:Wow this is the best handwaving I've seen in a (Score 2, Interesting) 199

by TrollstonButterbeans (#44340107) Attached to: Spatial Ability a Predictor of Creativity In Science
Ok, well clearly you are a genius. And let's explore that --- because it's important ...

Schools are targeted for the middle of the bell curve -- they have to be! -- and even the gifted classes are targeted for the bell curve of the gifted students --- which ... well ... it isn't easy to define gifted so lettuce not go there and ok thanks!

A. Creativity cannot be taught.

B. Talent is in the context of the time. It isn't fair, but it is true.

C. The educational system never knows how to detect --- let alone help --- talented young people. Welcome to the shark tank --- the game of top dog with no rules.

Short version: If you have talent ---> you have to develop further largely yourself, other people and the system don't even know HOW to help you.

Plus it ISN'T their fault --- talent is UNUSUAL and by definition this means nobody really knows how to feed your talent.

PROTIP: Take control yourself while listening, if you are special --- you are special in that others don't know best how to help because you are so awesome.

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Comment: Re:Wow this is the best handwaving I've seen in a (Score 1) 199

by Seumas (#44340097) Attached to: Spatial Ability a Predictor of Creativity In Science

More, I don't even see what the point is, with regard to "but these are not tested for in standard testing" part. Why would it be? What is the point of testing kids in school to find out they are exceptional in any way when you aren't going to aid their education to make the most of that exceptional potential?

Comment: Re:Honesty? (Score 2) 440

by Xyrus (#44340089) Attached to: How Climate Scientists Parallel Early Atomic Scientists

If they were honest, why are they calling it "Climate Change" now, rather than Global Warming? Seems to me they're trying to have it both ways.(Note: This is just an observation, nothing more. If you try to argue with me about issues I haven't raised here today, I'm going to ignore you.)

Climate change more accurately describes the effects. Global warming, to the lay person, implied that everything would warm up. So when a record breaking cold snap occurred, invariably we would here "See? It ain't warmin' up!".

Warmer average global temperatures means one thing; there's more energy in the system. More energy in the system means that the system will destabilize until it reaches a new norm. That is, the climate will change.

Now how that change actually effects different regions depends on a number of factors. Warmer average global temperatures does NOT mean that every place on the globe will warm up. Hence climate change is a more intuitive description of what is happening for the general populace.

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Comment: Re:why cloud? (Score 1) 290

by sandytaru (#44340073) Attached to: How One Drunk Driver Sent My Company To the Cloud
If it's a medical clinic, they can't just pick up and move off site with no electricity. (That's why we were nagging our client to get an 8 hour backup generator.) One poor schmuck will have to move to a place with power and then call several dozen patients to tell them the appointment is canceled. Nobody else can do their work without any patients.

Comment: Re:The stock market isn't based on real value (Score 1) 467

by CodeBuster (#44340065) Attached to: Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

In other words, legalized gambling with the biggest players gaming the system to their advantage.

Prices fluctuate moment to moment as shares are bought and sold. The price is determined by the completed buy and sell orders, or the demand and supply, moment to moment. The only difference between the stock market and other markets is that most markets don't buy and sell such large volumes at such high speeds. Compare to actual casino or sports gambling where nothing new of value is produced, either directly or indirectly, other than perhaps entertainment and every play is necessarily a time limited independent event. It's certainly possible to approach the stock markets with an eye towards gambling, not investing, but that doesn't diminish the fact that markets, including the stock market, are not equivalent to casino or sports betting. If you're going to call the stock market gambling then you might as well call any form of market activity where you plan to resell in the future what you bought today gambling. Do you own a car? Do you plan to sell it at some point? Well then by your definition that's gambling. Perhaps you would draw a distinction based upon the length of time that you owned the car? Maybe buying it and selling it on the same day is gambling, but buying it and selling it five years later is not. In that case, is somebody who buys a stock today and then sells it five years later gambling? Strictly speaking, the stock market is not the same thing as gambling. They are not perfectly interchangeable substitutes for one another.

Comment: The big question (Score 4, Insightful) 199

by wisebabo (#44340057) Attached to: Spatial Ability a Predictor of Creativity In Science

Is good spatial ability because of / or an indicator of creativity?
Or, is creativity because of good spatial ability?

If spatial ability has some sort of causal effect on creativity then LEGOs (and no, I don't work for them! :) should be required part of every childhood. (How many science Nobel prize winners used LEGOs/tinker toys/wooden blocks when they were little?).

Also it would be an interesting to see what effect watching movies or even playing video games have had (looking at images on a 2D surface) have had. Maybe that explains the term "couch potatoes" (looking at 2D images exclusively might make the brain very UN-creative). Perhaps 3D video games like FPS would more than make up for this and games like minecraft even more so. Still this is another reason why fully immersive virtual reality can't come soon enough (that is if we don't all get sick from vertigo)!

I wonder if the stock price if LEGO has changed due to the findings from this study?

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Comment: Re:what is it? (Score 2) 87

"Spying" might be too strong a word but it's creepy as hell. It wants to run all the time, and from wierd oddball directories it shouldnt be touching to boot (what is this, chrome or datamgr?,) and it was constantly begging me to sign in for easier tracking. It doesnt want to keep my local settings local, it clearly wants to store them somewhere outside my control. And when someone tried to make a noscript for chrome, they found the architecture wouldnt allow it! (I know there is a noscript-like extension for chrome, but unless chrome has been fundamentally re-architected recently it's only blocking scripts AFTER it wastes bandwidth downloading them.)

So it may not be spying on me, but it certainly acts like that is what is on its mind.

Comment: I'm supposedly gifted in this (Score 1) 199

by sandytaru (#44340051) Attached to: Spatial Ability a Predictor of Creativity In Science
They're right - it's not caught on any of the standardized tests in schools, especially now that all the stupid standardized testing has drilled down to basic math, English, and some limited science and history. I didn't find out until I went through a battery of psychological testing in 8th grade (20 years ago) because I was borderline for the EIP program and my teacher sponsor requested it.

I guess I'm lucky I just started a new job where I'll get to happily make flow charts and diagrams all day long.

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Comment: Re:Wow this is the best handwaving I've seen in a (Score 1) 199

by alen (#44340037) Attached to: Spatial Ability a Predictor of Creativity In Science

how is creativity not measurable?
people go to school to learn creative skills, art, design and others. all art is based on prior art and to be a successful artist or designer you have to know why things are the way they are.

i work close to a lot of art galleries in NYC. i work in a building with lots of creative businesses in it. people come in to work every day. in a lot of cases you can see inside and people are in meetings, working, etc.

art isn't made sitting in starbucks all day thinking you are creative. its coming in to work every day

Comment: Predicting? What good is that? (Score 1) 199

by interkin3tic (#44340033) Attached to: Spatial Ability a Predictor of Creativity In Science
First off, it takes multiple types of people to make any real breakthrough. Most of the scientific names we remember were either extrordinarily lucky or were only the part of the team that was most adept at PR. Edison had a stable of scientists working for him, some would say all he did was steal their creativity. Watson was half of the duo credited with discovering DNA, the other half did LSD, and there were multiple other people who may have deserved more credit than Watson anyway. We find the idea of one lone idiot savant appealing, but really the people who advance science the most are more often than not part of a team. And spatial ability doesn't seem to correlate with team player skills.

Second... okay, we might be able to identify the few lone wolf scientists better. What then? We tell them they're the next Tesla and encourage them to enter STEM, while someone who is not good at the Rubix cube, we tell them to go into finance? Perhaps colleges would have an incentive to include spatial ability on the SAT or ACT, but we're not exactly telling people they can't go to college if they can't picture a combustion engine in their heads.

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Comment: Re:Wow this is the best handwaving I've seen in a (Score 4, Interesting) 199

by foniksonik (#44340027) Attached to: Spatial Ability a Predictor of Creativity In Science

I'll expand on this.

What can you do with two sticks and a string?

Someone who is creative can take the sticks and string and make a variety of things or use them in a variety of ways.

Someone with spacial abilities doesn't need to actualize those things or uses, they can visualize them in memory and then describe them (assuming they have language to do so - which is typically where formal education enhances existing abilities).

Try it yourself. First get the supplies though. You may find that you are creative with them in your hands but may struggle to come up with ideas in memory. Children are especially better at handson creativity and struggle with spacial abilities.

Some ideas.
Tools, toys, art, machines, instruments. Don't forget that sticks bend and can be broken. Also you could make a component of something more complex.

Comment: Re:I predict (Score 2) 199

by houstonbofh (#44340019) Attached to: Spatial Ability a Predictor of Creativity In Science
That and the fact that the slashdot audience is heavily skewed towards geeks, (or at least it was) And the best geeks are not only intelligent, but able to put things together in new and interesting combinations... So it would be more than average here. And less than average on a Jersey Shore forum.

Comment: Re:Disney is a conundrum (Score 1) 62

by EmperorArthur (#44340017) Attached to: Disney Creates New Mid-Air Haptic Technology

It's like the difference between Microsoft's research division and the rest of that company. Totally different groups, with totally different goals. Aside from sharing some IP* they could be completely different companies.

My largest worry about this device is the lawyers. It's a neat concept, but they're going to patent it up the wazoo. Not the specific tech mind you, but the idea. Now no one can "Use an air pulse to provide haptic feedback" without getting their pants sued off by Disney.

*IP="Intellectual Property" (also known as a government granted monopoly on an idea, thought, or expression)

Comment: Re:linux on the desktop is dead (Score 1) 116

by caseih (#44340015) Attached to: Wine 1.6 Released With 10,000 Changes

Just use your distro's package manager, whatever it may be. Synaptic is only for distros that have apt-get and dpkg as their package manager. Other distros have other front-ends for installing software, and they are almost always installed by default, so look in your system menus. On Fedora there's the built-in software manager, and of course the yum commandline command.

Honestly building software from source should only be done if you want the latest bleeding edge software. And it's fraught with difficulty because often dependencies that ship with your distro are too old for the latest source code. It's always easiest to wait for a packaged binary, which on my system is about as easy as double-clicking a setup.exe.

As I type this I'm compiling wine from source because I have a very old distribution that is no longer supported in any way by anyone but me at this point. But that's what I've chosen to run for now until I have time to upgrade (and decide what distro to use... Fedora, Mint, or Mint Debian Edition?).

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