Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up
Feb 23, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The reason why diversity is important is that it helps us see the same problem from different angles. A novice, or a person working outside the field, will not be led by the prevailing assumptions of the field. "If Einstein had gotten tenure at an elite German university, he would have become just another physics professor with a vested interest in the space-time status quo." Daniel Lemire remarks, in an email, describing the same phenomenon, "I think that we all found that we learn through teaching... and we teach to people who are different from us... otherwise we could not teach them anything." Note that the Wired magazine article needs to come with a language warning, which is inappropriate and disappointing in what is supposed to be a professional publication. Via Sebastien Paquet. Total: 241
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Re: Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up

Please. A language warning for the word "shit"? Is there anyone left in the English speaking world who doesn't use this word regularly and without a second thought?

And what does language have to do with professionalism? Are you getting professionalism screwed up with elitism? What is unprofessional about using the same language that readers use every day?

Many years ago I spent some time operating nuclear reactors for the U.S. Navy. In my entire life, I have never worked with a more professional crew of people: dedicated, hard working, and utterly competent. And practically every other word they said was "fuck."

Your comment says more about your prejudices, I think, than Wired magazine's professionalism. Wired is actually a pretty bad magazine, but not because they use the word "shit." [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up

I don't really think we should be judging appropriate language for a magazine based on the language used by a bunch of sailors in the engine room. Just saying. [Comment] [Permalink]

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