Seven Day, and once more into the breach of tab ‘hawg’in. So in a futile effort to share brilliance, or at least perversion, with the bog mass and thereby diminish their inherent squishiness of mind and behavior, a few meandering and apparently pointless natterings will be here presented.
First, an article [Link] entitled “Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle.” It seems natural that this was published in an English (well, actually, British) newspaper, the Guardian. After all, such criticism of business in Amerika would result in a great disturbance in the dark side of the force aka Capitalism. And then Morbius’ “One does not look upon the face of the Gorgon and live” comes into play. One has to wonder how different – better? – this country would have been in we had adopted a requirement that no company have more than a hundred members/employees and they had to own at least 51% of the company mutually?
Anyway, the dissatisfaction with bull pens or stock yards or whatever one wants to call the infestations of modular furniture makes eminent sense. It comes down to privacy. This may not be obvious since many people – not just Bogs – fail to comprehend that privacy comes in many flavors and azimuths. To INTROs, privacy usually means aloneness and modular farms are a manifestation of Tartarus on Tellus. This is one of the primary reasons for INTROs going bonkers and offing EXTROs. EXTROs, on the other hand, are actually similar, except that instead of aloneness, they want privacy for their in-group. Same thing, different scale.
It might be tempting to suggest that a commonly held privacy is during bodily functions except that some Oriental cultures dispense with sexual segregation as well as privacy screens. Flatulence can be shared across gender and individuality. But we all have some vein of prudery – thankfully. And we all have some need to distance ourselves from the unselected masses of humanity. Which includes the office place where we have no control over our colleagues, unless we are management and then we have scant and imperfect regard for that matter.
So dissatisfaction with being corn stalks in a row in a field is natural to humans.
Next, an article [Link] entitled “The scent of coffee appears to boost performance in math” is instructive if rather clumsily and errorfully written. Science journalists are apparently as sorry these days as news journalists. That’s “sad” as in pound cake.
The results of the reported study are best described by the words of the study director,
“It’s not just that the coffee-like scent helped people perform better on analytical tasks, which was already interesting. But they also thought they would do better, and we demonstrated that this expectation was at least partly responsible for their improved performance.”
than those of the article’s writer. Note the glaring discrepancy between the title and the actuality: analytical tasks, not just maths.
This may help explain why office workers drink so much coffee and the addictions of Millennials. If you have been poorly prepared by the education instrumentality for analytical activity, and have to perform such, you naturally seek help. Another incidence of Stupidity in Amerika. On multiple azimuths.
On a more joyous note, [Link] a “fake science” article has been published about how politicians use toilet paper based on their party affiliation. The intent was to expose the cancer of Capitalist publishing, especially in research. That goal seems to have been served although with – likely – zero effect. Greed is without guilt. Evil is self-forgiving.
What is more interesting is the original question. Rectum sanitation is a matter of grave but often ignored importance, especially by maiden aunts and elected officials. (The reasons for this are NOT to be construed to be identical!!!!!) In some parts of the planet, toilet paper is replaced by corn cobs or even the human hand, in which instance, polarity is crucial. One does not wipe with the “eating” hand. This factoid is the wellspring of some of the humor of this article, that politicians would consider each other “unclean” along party lines for hand polarity.
Seems a more rational distinction than the current situation in the District manifests.
I can also assure you that ALL Alibam politicians perform this function with their left hands, sans paper, because they are ALL “Christian Conservatives” and hence adhere to tradition and doctrine and dogma and intestinal parasites. As YHWH wrote in down in the King James bible. Personally.
Lastly, an article [Link] entitled “Does free will exist in the universe? (That would be a no.)” It is written by a computer science guy, so we should expect that it will be better composed and accurate than if by a journalist but we do have to keep in mind the dictum that if a discipline has to tell you it’s a science, it isn’t.
The thesis of the author is that Free Will does not exist. His presentation is unconvincing. Primarily because he assumes the universe to be continuous, which it isn’t. Indications are that the universe is granular. Quantum Mechanics, the basis of the Electronic Revolution, which lets me read these articles and write this blot, is the epitome of granularity. Perhaps his most glaring, to me, at least, fumble with this is implying, at least to my inspection, that fracticality cannot be discrete. And what is amazing is that this comes from a computer “science” guy where everything is discrete.
The important question, however, is what does this have to do with free will. There is, I concede, an argument that free will is unlikely (on misunderstood) in a scaleless continuous universe. But the counter argument is that free will hasn’t been measured. And what we cannot measure we do not know, to paraphrase Lord Kelvin, who, as we all know on a Seven Day morning in Alibam, invented temperature and thereby summer misery. (An example of the granularity is that people in Michigan are concerned with winter misery.)
Free will, like time, is poorly understood. It primarily exists as a statement by philosophers, plagiarized by theologians, of duality, like the One and the Many, light and dark, men and women. It may exist outside our minds, as an actuality. One approach to such is that even with the progression of entropy, order emerges just by random combinations. Anyone who has played FreeCell on their computer known this from experience, although they probably didn’t think of it in terms of order and entropy.
Do I have Free Will? I don’t know, but I hope so. The whole Predestination thing is entirely too evil to accept.