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Comment Yerkes Dodson, performance. (Score 1) 110

The yerkes Dodson law as well as how people perform might be a big part of what drives this kind of thing. People perform best when there is uncertainty in when they will receive a reward, plus Thai need a certain arousal state to do something well.

If your performance and profit is all that we are going to measure keeping one's job by, then this thing will continue to happen for ever. We need to recognize that profits should not be everything

Comment As an Annual Passholder... (Score 1) 164

I say go for it, Disney! Raise the prices! Even the projected "empty" days at the park are now packed so badly that wait times for Space Mountain are 75+ minutes!
I live in LA, I go to Disneyland for a few hours once a month or so, and I find it relaxing and happy: Go on a few rides, do some people-watching, eat a snack; it's really nice.

The people who whine about long lines? They went on a weekend. Or in the summer. Unless you go for 3-4 hours on Sunday when the park opens, NEVER go on weekends, and NEVER go during the summer.

Frankly, though? GO on hating it! It keeps the crowds down and I'm happy for that.

It does amaze me that so many put up with it, though.

Comment It starts at work. (Score 1) 215

I work in a place where my boss wants so much out of the people that work for her that she goes to the ends of the earth to micromanage and spy on her employees. She is a very smart woman however her success has brought a certain entitlement madness in thinking she can control everything in order to be better and better all the time.

I get the feeling that as a society here in the West we are so focused on better and better profits that we use more and more information and more and more surveillance in order to get these Results (some do, anyway). Basically, I wonder if the average worker isn't watched and monitored so much they are you in turn just automatically doing that to everyone around them and that includes their children. I have definitely met parents that, while smart and with good intentions, do seem to offer an incredible amount over their children. They often seem to be professionals, people who are told by society that they know best about a particular subject and because they have the Internet can look up anything and justify their actions in the name of science.

Is it going to be like the Victorian era except in the digital age?? People will be so rigid in what they have to do that eventually the pendulum will swing the other way?

Comment Simple? (Score 1) 184

Our way of life, particularly in SV, simply does violence to human biology. Sitting around, thinking too much, worrying, business, meetings. Little or no mindfulness.

I recently got a smartphone, 3 weeks ago. I can already feel how different my attention is changing, feel an alienating disconnect and craving for attention and stimulation constantly.

Our culture is violent. So is our means of making a living (and I don't mean physical violence).

Comment Uh.... (Score 1) 105

Could they have flipped the bird any harder at all the people who backed it?
I read somewhere someone railing against Palmer Lucky (at the time it seemed overblown) and how he's an all-business sociopathic waste of space who would sell his grandmother for a dollar given half the chance, and would probably end up screwing over the Oculus backers out there.

I am a little amazed, but not completely.

it makes some business sense, yeah, but wow. Just, wow.

Comment All in the wording (Score 1) 266

Look, I *know* someone at the EPA so I should be able to stand up and clap for them but....

Their wording says it all: They have not found widespread evidence that water is affected *now*. Right now. Not later, or in the years ahead, but right now.

I have a very bad feeling that in ten years, when they do the studies again, the shit will hit the fan, but then it'll be too late. What are they gonna do, purify underground aquifers? Yeah, that won't cost a gajillion dollars or anything.

Comment Whoa, I think this is not true... (Score 1) 74

Antibodies only stay in the body to combat viruses for a certain period of time after that virus was killed, not one's whole life. That is my understanding from a Duke-trained med student.
Are there certain viruses that show antibodies for one's entire life and ones that don't? or is the headline misleading? I am very curious.

Comment Anon due to mod points.... (Score 1) 150

It was also a process which mostly eliminated artisan work. Now the work just has to be "good enough".
Have you *seen* the things that get made these days? Some might say they're not exactly beautiful.

Same with, say, math. Math skills will be "good enough" and no more. It could spell the end of advancing fields of study.

Mechanization may make things take less time, but they also no longer are studied and refined, only copied. The same could prove true with the mechanization of knowledge. A piece of information can only copy itself, but (in general) cannot add anything useful.

otoh, maybe this will finally spell the demise of "everyone goes to college" and people who are going to pursue an actual course of study will be able to do so. Those with aptitude can grow their aptness, and those without or with no interest can go elsewhere.

In a sense, while some may cry "doom!", I wonder if this isn't actually the beginning of a solution to a number of problems?

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