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Comment: Re:They're probably correct (Score 1) 273

by GLMDesigns (#48333417) Attached to: Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart
I agree completely. It takes deliberation - critical thinking - to decide what ought to be learned (and of that which must be learned what ought to be memorized).

I hold that the process of memorization is useful. Memorization is a useful tool in learning - and after a while one "knows" the material; and later one forgets some details but the knowledge is so ingrained that finding the less used details is a trivial task. A doctor, 20 years after med school, may no longer remember each bone in the human body - but the process in learning them / memorizing them was useful in his becoming a more skilled practitioner.

Comment: Re:They're probably correct (Score 3, Insightful) 273

by GLMDesigns (#48321177) Attached to: Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart
I'm not saying that rote memorization is the end-all-be-all or that it trumps critical thinking. It doesn't. But neither is it unimportant.

Try talking history and not know your dates. You needn't remember exact dates but knowing that Augustine lived around 360-430 and was not a contemporary of Aquinas (1225-1275) who was not a contemporary of Hobbes (born in 1588 - the year of the Spanish Armada) is important when in the field.

Knowing that Babe Ruth and Derek Jeter were not contemporaries is also import. Joe Louis did not fight Muhammad Ali who was not a contemporary of Mike Tyson. All these items (when people lived, when they were active in their respective sport) are facts - not critical thinking. Judging the relative merits of Joe Louis and Mike Tyson takes critical thinking.

Doctors memorize bones and muscles. It's important but rote memorization of these facts will not make them good doctors (and is probably not enough to graduate). Learning how to memorize helps one derive mnemonics - like the phone number 10-4-3-4-1-1-1. (Yes it's not a real telephone number) and then use that to help remember key facts. A US citizen should be conversant with the constitution even if they are not a constitutional lawyer. The Constitution has 7 parts (articles) each with different sections. The first article, which deals with the Legislative Branch, has 10 sections; the second article, which is concerned with the Executive Branch has 4 sections. The mnemonic 10-4-3-4-1-1-1 helps me remember, to mentally categorize key points about the US Constitution.

Will memorizing the constitution make me into a jurist ? No. But the effort of learning involves memorization.

Memorization is to cerebral activities what wind sprints and sit-ups are to athletes. It helps one become better and while sit-ups won't turn me into a world-class boxer or football it is a necessary part of becoming a world-class athlete.

Comment: Re:Obesity (Score 1) 144

by GLMDesigns (#48300633) Attached to: New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight
I could not disagree more. I think a lot of Americans (including myself) who go to the gym regularly are not suited well by the BMI chart. A far better calculation would be a chest to waist measurement (or a caliper measurement of fat around the waist). Both of those would be more time consuming but would be a better judge of obesity.

A 5'10 male is considered over weight at 174lbs( and obese at 209. I'm 5'10. If I weighed 174lbs I would be cut - competition cut. When I weigh 19 I can flex out my abs. And yet - according to the BMI chart I am borderline obese.

The BMI charts are worthless in my opinion. There is nothing about them that has any validity - especially with a population that values muscles and goes to a gym to add muscle (as opposed to taking off fat). According to the chart - middle of the range normal would be 153. What!!! If I trimmed to 3% body fat I don't think I would be under 170lbs.

So. No. I don't think BMI is accurate measurement of health or obesity.

Comment: Re:Obesity (Score 1) 144

by GLMDesigns (#48273445) Attached to: New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight
It's a combination of many things - including how we work out. A couple of years ago I spent some time in Italy. I came back to my gym and there was this real fat fck. Oh sh*t he's fat. But then he does shrugs with 7 plates. OMG. And then benches with 4. Shit that mutherfck3r is strong.

In 5 minutes I go from thinking he is a fat slob to being super impressed.

To those not into weight lifting saying someone puts on 4 plates is someone putting on 4 45 pound (20 kilo) weights on each end of a 45 pound bar. Four plates is lifting 415 pounds(180 kilos).

I notice my work out habit. If I don't have time I lift and skip the aerobics. I probably have about 15-20 pounds of fat on me. If I chose to run instead of lift on those time-deprived days I would probably be 30-35 pounds lighter (the fat plus less muscle).

Comment: Re:Will it be as bad as the H1N1 pandemic?????? (Score 1) 294

Precaution and panic are not identical - especially when the powers that be are inconsistent and contradictory in their warning. Do we truly know when someone is contagious? We know that if the person is vomiting and generally incapacitated he is infectious and that the period from contracting the disease to becoming infectious is 21 days.

But - in each of these cases we don't know when EXACTLY a person contracted ebola; nor is it EXACTLY 21 days to the minute.

So was the doctor who went bowling in Williamsburg a risk to those around him before he fell sick the next morning? There is no oops here. Contracting ebola is pretty much like playing russian roulette with 3 chambers filled.

I'm not saying that doctors have to be in solitary confinement for 3 wks after coming back - but it would be rather easy to isolate them in their own home or in a facility; give them internet. tv, cable, take out food - whatever. The cost to society is minimal compared to scrambling clean-up crews and tracking down people they came in contact with after-the-fact; and the inconvenience to the doctor in having to stay in a hotel room /their own apartment (if they live alone) or where ever is trivial compared to the cost to them if they infected family, friends, others.

Comment: Re: Will it be as bad as the H1N1 pandemic?????? (Score 1) 294

That's true. It wasn't a typo. Sometimes when writing quickly I write the wrong word: to instead of too, add instead of ad; for instead of fore; pray instead of pray. That's why you're supposed to proofread before sending out an important email. Mea culpa. I didn't proofread my post. If I had I would have clarified my remarks and *probably* would have caught *do* as opposed to due.

I proofed this post and found that I wrote "proof read" instead of proofread. And, if I had let go through - would that be a sign of a lack of education or something else? A lack of attention to to the spelling and grammar on an insignificant post.

It is, however, a faulty assumption to hold that transposing homophones is a sign that the writer can't distinguish between the two words

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