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  • cam replied to the topic What are schools for? in the forum General Chat 3 months ago

    @nerdkid History is a core subject until KS3 currently – I don’t think it particularly focuses key events though. In my experience there is limited focus on events, and more of a focus (in lower school) on how people lived in different times. I don’t think that’s hugely helpful – I think it’s more important for children to learn about how past events have shaped the modern world (which, to be fair, was my experience of history at GCSE and A Level).

    I don’t actually think music and art are hugely important, as they’re currently taught. I do think that they’re important in teaching some of the soft, transferable skills which students need to learn, and that they have significant cultural value, with the potential to be much more valuable aspects of the curriculum than (I think)…[Read more]

  • @stew That equation doesn’t really deal with the likelihood of life actually arising though does it? The chapter “Fraction of the above that actually go on to develop life, fl” touches on it saying that for one reason and other it appears to be a fairly likely outcome given the right conditions, but then this:

    “From a classical hypothesis testing standpoint, there are zero degrees of freedom, permitting no valid estimates to be made.”

    Does not the whole usefulness of the equation rather hinge on that? That’s not a rhetorical question, I don’t know much about statistics so could do with some clarification.

    @ben But just because it is tolerable, doesn’t mean there’s anything about to tolerate it in the first place, necessarily.

    (1) We don’t know that life has only arisen once. P…

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  • @nerdkid When you experience powerful and life-changing states of mind through meditations or by the words of some wise person,koan or chemical then seeing pure consciousness as a cold logical process becomes both true and false.

    It is of course obviously true in the physical sense but when you experience these altered states a new reality manifests which cannot be described properly in words as it is experiential, a knowing,a feeling of being in truth,seeing everything at once, to feel reality as if for the first time.

    You cannot describe the feelings the completeness the insights and overwhelming power of love and compassion for the world and everything in it whilst also knowing that through all the suffering and pain that everything is ok,fleeting.

    You feel your heart as a…[Read more]

  • @nerdkid Crowd Science do a couple of podcasts that explore life after death. Basically there is no evidence. They do however present evidence and mechanisms for near death experiences. This includes actual experiments to verify out of body experiences. Worth a listen for those interested