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by Amicitia
Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: School Vouchers
Replies: 44
Views: 4977

Has anyone considered that even if it works, it will just result in a further stratified society, of alphas, betas, epsilons and so on? The schools that serve students that aren't the sharpest utensil in the kitchen will rapidly deteriorate in funds, assuring an intellectual lower class. It serves s...
by Amicitia
Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where's the math*? Kira?
Replies: 31
Views: 4685

If you get out of the 8th grade without being able to make change without looking at the register, you are being done a horrible dis-service by the people who claim to be your educators. Likewise if you can't tell at a glance which is a better deal, five for three dollars or a buck a piece. Likewis...
by Amicitia
Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is 20 too old for a first real analysis course?
Replies: 32
Views: 7376

Hardy mentioned the youth contention in Mathematician's Apology , if anyone was wondering about that. I write about mathematics because, like any other mathematician who has passed sixty, I have no longer the freshness of mind, the energy, or the patience to carry on effectively with my proper job. ...
by Amicitia
Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Free speech at the University of Delaware
Replies: 28
Views: 4569

"Among them are “The Sociopath,â€
by Amicitia
Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Objective Morality: The Alligator River Scenario
Replies: 120
Views: 21233

I think it'd be nice if someone stated what sort of value system each person operates under. Looking at the scenario, one might assume that the boatman and random man are just homo economici--seeing what they have to gain. The boatman does not coerce the woman. One thing I'm pondering is the intent ...
by Amicitia
Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is 20 too old for a first real analysis course?
Replies: 32
Views: 7376

Is 20 too old for a first real analysis course?

Would taking a my first (honors) real analysis course by junior (upper division undergraduate) year be simply too pathetic to reasonably fathom continuing math? Twenty years old seems practically midway to the grave, and I haven't taken real analysis (officially). I think it is kind of depressing, r...
by Amicitia
Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: School Vouchers
Replies: 44
Views: 4977

There are private schools that have admissions and give scholarships from kindergarten, like Pike School. Exceptionally smart students will be directed towards such places.
by Amicitia
Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What does IQ measure?
Replies: 69
Views: 11625

http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=203714

One might compare fluid intelligence to an innate ability as opposed to something learnt or experienced.
by Amicitia
Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The mathmatics of pizza:
Replies: 74
Views: 11294

I've thought about this actually. A part of the pizza is crust, which many consider to be of innately less worth than the part with the sauce and cheese. So one would have to factor that in as well.
by Amicitia
Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: IBP
Replies: 14
Views: 2516

More like Foibles of Idiotic Learning, if you ask me.
by Amicitia
Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Author?
Replies: 120
Views: 15999

James Joyce is my favorite author, and I'm bothered that no one even mentioned him.
by Amicitia
Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Positive thinking
Replies: 53
Views: 5286

Personally, I find skepticism to be incredibly fulfilling. I don't like Horatio Alger though.
by Amicitia
Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What does IQ measure?
Replies: 69
Views: 11625

I'm pretty sure most IQ tests measure crystallized intelligence as opposed to liquid intelligence. However, imprecise results imply it's still not too accurate in any case. I read an interesting paper somewhere about how autistic kids are marginalized by such tests, and I'd personally agree, since h...
by Amicitia
Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 205786

I enjoy using LaTeX.
by Amicitia
Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Positive thinking
Replies: 53
Views: 5286

Omit the 'positive,' and you've got a winning plan there.
by Amicitia
Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is the US so violent?
Replies: 170
Views: 16966

A few points, if I might. The United State's most important role in WWII was that of a supplier, not as a fighter. So the image of the WWII factory worker churning out artillery rounds or whatnot might be a lot closer to truth. I'd say that the Vietnam War didn't really reinforce any sort of pro-war...
by Amicitia
Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2413614

I wonder if it's that simple? I am seventeen, colored, and lived in New Hampshire Went to school there, then here, to college Next to the ocean, in California. I am the only student in the class colored by a wish to learn Joyce, math without the auspices of glory or wealth, and really bad poetry. I ...

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