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Comment: iconoclasts (Score 1) 384

by AmericaRunsOnDunkin (#43040283) Attached to: Is Code.org Too Soulless To Make an Impact?

This thread is hilarious. So many self-righteous pricks missing the point. Before fascination there must be exposure.

If celebrity attention can get kids to consider programming for even five seconds, they've done their job well. You don't trot out Ritchie and Kernighan to inspire 8th graders. Justin Bieber has a thousand times the reach. Let kids know it's cool and the wonderment will follow.

This is why slashbots don't run marketing campaigns.

Comment: Artist Rights and Wrongs (Score 2) 247

by AmericaRunsOnDunkin (#42044893) Attached to: Highway To Sell: AC/DC iTunes Snub Finally Over

Attention artistic narcissists:

  • You have the right to create beautiful works of art that stir people's souls.
  • You have the right to keep your work private and only share it with those you want in the way you want.
  • You have the right to release your work to the public and try to profit commercially from it.
  • You DO NOT have the right to tell me how to experience your work. Once I have access to your album / song / painting / show, I can chop it up, listen to it backward, peer at it in a funhouse mirror, or feed it to my dog if I so desire.

In short, your right to swing your art ends at my nose. That is all.

Comment: Re:Show us the evidence of evolution! (Score 1) 947

by AmericaRunsOnDunkin (#35037224) Attached to: Teachers Back Away From Evolution In Class

something that would really help: An up-to-date complete treatise of all the basic evidence that demonstrates the foundations of evolutionary theory.

Wrong tactic. A landslide of technical evidence will only bore and confuse your audience. What's needed is something simple. Like this:

Show them the bones. Teach kids a little anantomy. Give them casts of bones to examine. Show them how every mammal on earth shares certain features like hip bones and phalanges, even where they make no sense. Then show them primates, the grasping hands and similar skulls. Next show them how apes are different from monkeys and every other mammal - the rotating shoulder, supraorbital closure, lack of a tail, etc. Now show them human anatomy - how we share the basic simian body plan but our hips are wider and feet more rigid for upright walking. Show them the transitional forms: Australopithecus, H. ramidus, H. habilis, etc. At this point you barely need to say anything. The conclusion will smack them in the face like a cold wet fish.

It worked wonders for me. I went into my physical anthropology class a denier and came out a firm believer.

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