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Differences of Opinion
by Wendy Cope
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HE TELLS HER

He tells her that the earth is flat —
He knows the facts, and that is that.
In altercations fierce and long
She tries her best to prove him wrong,
But he has learned to argue well.
He calls her arguments unsound
And often asks her not to yell.
She cannot win. He stands his ground.

The planet goes on being round.

(complete poem)

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Bubbles

It seems last night Trump was elected to become the next president of the USA.  I was wrong. About a lot of things it seems, but mostly about other people, some of which are good friends. I am sad about this.

I think the anxiety and fear being felt by many is probably overblown. It is the first time I’ve ever personally cared about a political election though, mostly because of what electing someone like Trump represents regarding the importance of integrity in a person. But alas, a vast segment of the American population has spoken and my personal thoughts on it are inconsequential. I wish they were less inconsequential to my friends though. Especially the ones that voted for Trump.

I would like to express many thoughts, points, and counter points. I have wanted to repeatedly over the past few months, especially on social media.  But I have refrained. I haven’t refrained out of fear or shyness. I feel quite strongly about some of the topics of late, and I believe taking a stand on some things in life is important. I refrained because most people aren’t interested in what other people think, especially if not in agreement. People generally talk with an intent to be heard, not with an intent to listen. And I think few really want to work through complex issues or be independent in their thinking anyways. Cognitive bias is powerful force, and it leaves little room for objective discussion.

I also believe there is little point in arguing a topic with someone when there is not a shared reality to work from.  For example, if one person believes 2+2 is 4, but another person believes 2+2 is 5, then there’s little reason for them to argue about 2+3. Fundamental logic should transcend language, feelings, and personal interpretations.   But I have noticed this type of missing basis in many arguments I’ve witnessed lately, especially those with any underpinnings of science, statistics, or economics.

Discussion would also be easier if people could acknowledge that many strongly felt beliefs should be represented as probabilities, not absolutes.  That’s not an alpha mentality though.

The reasons so many people insist on viewing the world as black-and-white are not clear to me, but my guess is that it’s because human nature tends to be self-centered. It could also be due to illogical fallacies, and ignorance of how fallacies work by the people using them. Or maybe they are not ignorant and just don’t care if it pushes forward an agenda they already believe in. I don’t know.

At least a few of my friends, if they would’ve bother reading up to this point, would likely have slapped with me an elitist label of some sort by now.  I would find that ironic, but whatever.

If there is one thought that arises above all others for me from this election though, especially with regards to media, is that people, myself included, should be careful about living too much in their own bubbles.

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“And if i asked you to name all the things that you love, how long would it take for you to name yourself?” – unknown

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Data Scientist (n.): Person who is better at statistics than any software engineer and better at software engineering than any statistician.  – @josh_wills

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“I told her we were going to get married, and all she could talk about was frogs.

She said there’s these hills where it’s hot and rains all the time, and in the rainforests there are these very tall trees and right in the top branches of the trees there are these like great big flowers called . . . bromeliads, I think, and water gets into the flowers and makes little pools and there’s a type of frog that lays eggs in the pools and tadpoles hatch and grow into new frogs and these little frogs live their whole lives in the flowers right at the top of the trees and don’t even know about the ground, and once you know the world is full of things like that, your life is never the same.”

— Masklin, Terry Prattchet’s The Bromeliad Trilogy …related:  XKCD: Terry Pratchet

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  • Augmented Reality (AR) = addition of virtual elements to real world
  • Mixed Reality (MR) = addition of real elements to virtual world

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A customer walks into a bar. He asks for a beer made out of wine. The project manager agrees. Both question the bartender’s competence. – @mendezfe

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  • QA Engineer walks into a bar. Orders a beer.
    Orders 0 beers. Orders 999999999 beers.
    Orders a lizard. Orders -1 beers.
    Orders a sfdeljknesv.
    – @sempf  (follow-up responses)
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