COVID19: Discovery of Doubt

The policies we followed were based on the expectation that we have no effective therapeutics for viruses other than vaccines. We have therapeutics to address the serious problem caused by the toxic protein. Attacking the toxic protein therapeutically for the ill is also a lot more preferable to subjecting the healthy to potential harms of a vaccine.

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Just in time learning and supervision

There seems to be something more fundamental lacking in the engineer’s preparedness for their job. Despite finding a lack of key information in the published instructions on either the biocide or the maintenance manual, they were not deterred in their confidence that this should be a simple task. They were convinced the task was simple, and the circumstances did nothing to undermine that confidence. The missing element in this scenario was self-supervision.

Thoughts on grading in schools

I think education needs grades and that the grades ideally should be measured on a bell curve. The grades identify where to cut the tails off of the central cohort. The tests need to be challenging enough to expose those tails so that they may be trimmed from the cohort. Our problem is our failure to recognize that the C grade is the ideal grade.

Navigators for data

There comes times when the situation is outside of the navigator’s experience and training. In those times, the old navigator may be incapable of opening his mind to fully pay attention to what is actually happening. Some times call for a younger mind that is learning in real time, absorbing the recent observations with youthful wonderment. Those are usually times of the most severe crises.

Revolving doors are locked: employees wanted but not welcomed

About the workers who are declining the new opportunities. Ultimately, they may be seeing these opportunities for what they really are. These are opportunities to torment their hearts. They have to wear masks and stay distant from customers. They are not allowed to experience the serving of crowds, let alone the larger opportunities for tips or wages. They would be entering an empty workspace that clearly is optimal being more crowded.

Necessary without being important: chores

This distinction of chores versus tasks has a corrupting influence on work. It is form of the corrupting influence of money because we tie compensation or continued employment to the progress made during tasks. This is different because money is not a factor. Greed is not the cause of the corruption. Instead, it is the corruption of having to justify one’s position. It is the corruption of being gainfully employed. To justify employment, we need to show the gain. Our work has to be important in some larger sense.

Conversing using data

I enjoyed the preparatory work of arranging data into a presentable form. The surprise was when I was then put in a position to present this to a critical audience. I accidentally experience the ability to handle surprising questions. I was addicted. The addiction was to the conversation. The conversation happened to involve the language of data, a vast collection of individual datum.

Line between science and fiction

I like my useless body-composition weight scale. It gives me numbers and plots with labels describing things I want to know. The numbers come from computations based on scientific studies. The numbers have a certainty to them even though I have no idea where this health story will end up. I am entertained watching the show of my own making.