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I've been listening to this song a lot recently. Almost on repeat, in fact.
Eh, that's cool. Given the unlimited resources, maybe you could develop a technology for implanting reading ability into people's minds?
To invert this experiment, I'd like to inhabit a planet with nothing but one race of people and see how long it took for genetic drift to produce new skin tones, eye colors, and so on. I'd also like to see if people again divided themselves along racial lines once new races started to emerge, particularly if they all started out and stayed primarily in one region of the planet.
- Teach them to read, but not speak.
How would this work? As far as I can tell, reading is derived from speech. In fact, I'm not even sure how you'd go about teaching someone to read without speaking to them at some point. And if you did, you'd probably see imitation pretty quickly.
You'd want to make the caretakers as impersonal as possible, maybe even to the point of being robotic. Consider how much of communication is nonverbal. We even have languages that are completely based on hand gestures. Even the slightest reinforcement of certain nonverbal actions by the caretakers might have a profound effect on how language develops. Then again, if you had a thousand islands full of babies, you'd have room to systematically alter variables like level of contact between babies and caretakers and see what differences those alterations made.
I personally find paper books to be frustrating, especially if I need to go look for a particular reference. The ability to search an ebook by keyword cannot be overrated. There's really nothing special to me about the tactile nature of a traditional book. It just gets in the way, for the most part.
Interestingly, I also find that the depth with which I read something on the Internet actually changes based on where I found it. For example, I read through this entire article primarily because it was linked on Hubski, where the stated goal of the community is to inspire intelligent discussion. I knew that I'd need to read through the whole article if I wanted to be informed enough about its contents to post anything meaningful.
Had I found it on reddit, where the rapid consumption of content is my driving motivation, I almost certainly would have skimmed through it and moved on to the next meme or gif. On Facebook, I think my reaction might further depend on who posted it.
I just picked up a G502 last week to replace my Deathadder 2013 (a couple of the switches were starting to go bad). I've been really impressed so far. The placement of the side buttons is better for my full palm grip and the middle mouse click feels pretty good, if somewhat mushy. I love the adjustable weights. I went ahead and put all of mine in, because I actually like a lot of extra heft. Also, it may or may not be placebo, but the sensor tuning in the software seems to have helped it track better on my mouse pad than my Deathadder did. Speaking of, I'd say the Logitech software is overall less in the way than Razer Synapse.
Yeah, that makes sense.
I probably would. As a philosophical stance, pragmatism is very attractive to me, so understanding related scientific concepts should be pretty interesting too.
As it happens, that "tug of war" is a common conflict in philosophical and scientific writing. I'm sure you've probably encountered some philosophical works or scientific studies that were just plain wordy.