Or, can you be entertained while learning?
Today I sat in on a KI lesson for the air-conditioning and read half of an Economist magazine in between listening to my classmates dissect fallacies and something like that.
The most interesting line I took away was the following:
“Nothing is more expensive than diamonds. Paper is worth more than nothing.
Therefore, paper is more expensive than diamonds.”
I know it seems a little silly, but it was like a light that went off in my head.
More than just a logical fallacy with some kind of false premise and preposition and weird conclusion, language affects how we communicate with other people.
If something as normal as those sentences can be confused into a conclusion like “Paper is more expensive than diamonds,” then why is it that society is not falling apart at the seams?
It’s weird but there are lots of ways you can take things and if you take them in a way that the speaker did not mean them to be taken, there are misunderstandings and eventual problems.
Another thing I asked a KI friend this morning,
“All teachers are tall. X is tall, therefore it is probable that X is a teacher.”
After, of course, learning that the word “Probably” increases the probability of my statement being true and thus making it a stronger argument.
I didn’t get to ask more but while it increases the probability, what is ‘strength’? The ability to not be disproved is this strength, it goes against the traditional thought that a one-sided, hard-line stance is the strongest kind of argument because you push for one side without pause and without yielding.
Uh, so this might all seem unrelated but I was in the washroom and I thought about how to take a picture of a mirror head-on without being seen in the picture.
The short answer is you can’t really, most are taken from an angle. Also, pictures that are angled have more depth and look better – purely a stylistic choice.
An answer I was given was to wear a green suit and be photo-shopped out later.
There is always more than one answer to all questions, whether they are correct or wrong is another matter, but there are multiple answers.
I was just thinking then, who decides what is wrong and right?
We had Econs today and I’m surprised by how much I enjoy it.
“Everything is theoretical, but the use of theory is in predicting future events so we know what to do now. If you want to use all these variables then it becomes too complicated and tailored to a specific situation and the theory loses its flexibility of application.”
That’s what my Econs teacher in reply to my puzzled remark that “So actually none of the stuff is actually true?”
I find myself conflicted and at odds with my own thoughts at times.
Humanities give you this freedom, at least the illusion of freedom that the Sciences will not.
Would you rather have the illusion of it, or know you don’t have it?
I question why I decided to do Arts instead of the Science that I was so comfortable with.
It’s an odd juncture to be questioning something like this, considering that I do enjoy my classes and I know a transfer anywhere is not only ridiculous but also likely to be rejected.
Humans have an odd propensity to either 1. Do things they regret or 2. Regret the things they do or 3. Regret the things they don’t do.
More the second than the first, I think, because why would anyone do things they know they’re going to regret?
These are all similar things because they are all “What if”s but the important thing is to realise that time doesn’t rewind so there’s no point talking about them.
Instead, I guess we’re expected to look ahead and plan so as to avoid regret in the future.
Time and time again has shown that we keep regretting things and keep making mistakes.
Do these things make us human?
What makes you human?
I thought about today,
and how cold you looked.
Thought of how your shoulders,
usually relaxed, shook.
How they were drawn in by a draft,
only a breeze it took.
I regret it a little,
not placing my jacket across your shoulders when
I wasn’t even cold.