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‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’
In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls. It was the first time in years that we felt like maybe things were looking like they’d be OK for a while. After a gruelling shift at work, I was unwinding online when I saw a question from someone on a forum I frequented: Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive? Why I make terrible decisions, or, poverty thoughts There’s no way to structure this coherently. Rest is a luxury for the rich. Those nights I’m in bed by midnight, but if I go to bed too early I won’t be able to stay up the other nights because I’ll fuck my pattern up, and I drive an hour home from Job 2 so I can’t afford to be sleepy. When I was pregnant the first time, I was living in a weekly motel for some time. I know how to cook. We have learned not to try too hard to be middle class. We have very few of them. Convenience food is just that. Related:  To readMisc Politics/SJ

Why Believing in Free Will is Good for You “We gallop through our lives like circus performers balancing on two speeding side-by-side horses–one foot is on the horse called “fate,” the other o the horse called “free will.” And the question you have to ask every day is–which horse is which? Which horses do I need to stop worrying because it’s not under my control, and which do I need to steer with concentrated effort?” What is your understanding of free will? “To say that I would have done otherwise had I wanted to is simply to say that I would have lived in a different universe had I been in a different universe.” ~ Sam Harris, Free Will. We have witnessed ancient thinkers and philosophers trying to prove that we do have control over our decisions, that our actions depend on us, and that they are not pre-written by fate or by subjective gods. You have free will to have a dream and turn into an action. To have integrity and be kind is a domain controlled by you. “If there was no free will in men, then there are no sins. Bird

Partir de rien Alors que nos grands-parents ne savent pas très bien ce qu’est un ordinateur, nos petiots sont nés avec un IPad collé à leurs menottes. Et ça nous fait peur ! Le fossé se creuse entre l’utilisation de l'informatique et la compréhension de son fonctionnement. Ceci dit, les débats sur la programmation à l’école sont nombreux. Scratch Jr. est une nouvelle application IPad gratuite, créée et lancée cet été par une équipe du MIT, pour apprendre aux enfants à coder. Scratch Jr. est dans la même veine, mais cible un public encore plus jeune. L’idée première est donc de structurer la pensée, d’apprendre à résoudre des problèmes, de concevoir des projets. Grâce à Scratch Jr., les enfants peuvent tâtonner, bricoler, expérimenter avec leur IPad.

.facebook 1411337982576 Critical Thinking Online Course - Course Summary This MOOC is an introduction in Critical Thinking, with an emphasis on using reason in our daily communication. Its main topics cover the structure and analysis of arguments, the study of inductive reasoning as basis for scientific knowledge and as key ingredient in how we understand reality. Next we will focus on fallacies (like loaded question or hasty generalization) and on guidelines for structuring a presentation, an argumentative essay or a debate. Furthermore, the course gives you an overview of cognitive biases (a fashionable topic nowadays), and on the use of emotional tools in persuasion. What do I learn? After taking this course you will have the tools to analyze the truth of all kinds of statements, from opinion articles to court verdicts and investment proposals. What do I need to know? No prior knowledge is needed for this course, participants should only come equipped with natural curiosity and a respect for the truth. Course Structure Workload

« Sur Internet, on est tous pirates, et ça c’est bien Quand j'étais chargé de sensibiliser les étudiants d', le Master 2 Professionnel spécialité « droit des nouvelles technologies et société de l’information » de l’Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (Paris X), qui "vise à former des spécialistes sur les questions juridiques posées par les nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC)", je prenais un malin plaisir à commencer mes cours en leur demandant : « Qui n'a jamais "piraté" un logiciel, film, série ou fichier .mp3 -sans le payer ? » Et personne ne levait le doigt -à l'exception (notable) du gendarme commis d'office-, ce qui me permettait de leur lancer un "Bienvenue sur Internet ! Pirater, le nouvel opus de la revue Tracés de recherche en sciences humaines et sociales, a publié ladite interview... mais en accès payant. « Sur Internet, on est tous pirates, et ça c’est bien » Francesca Musiani : Partons de la plus stricte actualité. En matière d’éducation, on peut commencer par un exemple.

Kentucky State University interim president Raymond Burse says taking pay cut was a message FRANKFORT, Ky. – Raymond Burse, the interim president of Kentucky State University who cut his own salary this summer to help out low-wage employees, sat in his office on Tuesday holding a red shoe. The leather footwear — which had arrived from Des Moines, Iowa — was inscribed with words of praise from two fans who wished to "click their ruby red slippers together" and travel to KSU to celebrate his generosity. "Someone actually mailed me a shoe," Burse said. "I had no idea that doing something that I considered very small ... would drive as much interest as it has." Indeed, since Burse announced plans in July to slash his pay by $90,000 and distribute the money to 24 campus workers who earn less than $10.25 per hour, he has received attention in the national media and emails of thanks from as far away as France, Germany and Japan. "I'm not a caretaker," he said. PAST COVERAGE: Burse returning to lead Kentucky State University HIGHER ED: Ky. university funds could be tied to academics

Scientists Have Found That Memories Can Be Passed Down Through Generations In Our Genes New research from Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA. During the tests they learned that that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences – in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom – to subsequent generations. According to the Telegraph, Dr Brian Dias, from the department of psychiatry at Emory University, said: ”From a translational perspective, our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent, before even conceiving offspring, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations. “Such a phenomenon may contribute to the etiology and potential intergenerational transmission of risk for neuropsychiatric disorders such as phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.” Memories Can Be Passed Down Through DNA Credits:UTAOT Related:

Viper flight simulator (a la Battlestar Galactica) finished Here’s a story about some guys who set out to build a flight simulator for the Viper from Battlestar Galactica. The goal is to bring a grand project to the Maker Faire. This is a recurring challenge for the group, which has participated over the last several years. But this year they decided to go big and mounted a successful Kickstarter campaign to help with the cost. The best place to get the build details is their progress updates page. via [Gizmodo] U.S. To Pay Navajo Nation $554 Million In Largest Tribal Settlement In History