Posts by Sacha

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  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    I'd like to see more informed analysis of the likely impact on private sector investment of replacing Labour's approach with the new National one.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16263 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Imagining Auckland: no…,

    Scoop's collation of stories about the Royal Commission includes a variety of responses, many focused on the proposed representational arrangements which Cabinet seem likely to tweak next week.

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  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    Phelan's discourse is messy but it is not beautiful.

    I agree.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16263 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    Paul, understanding is more than "thinking" or "reasoning".

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16263 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    Continuing the autism threadjack,
    the DomPost explores pressure on under-resourced schools from a rise in autistic students.

    The plight was highlighted by a family that was asked to remove their child from an Auckland school last week because it did not have the resources or knowledge to cope, a principal said.

    The school told the parents if they wanted the child to return they would have to pay for a teacher aide. It was only after intervention from a school that specialises in dealing with autism that the child was allowed to return to school.

    ...

    "Nobody was accepting their child and they couldn't see a way forward."

    The Education Act guarantees all children the right to attend their local school.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16263 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    Academic papers aren't normally written for a non-academic audience...

    Kyle, I agree, but I'm saying nobody is writing for the non-academic audiences. It's a waste when good thinking is walled off from most of the population, only to erupt confusingly like the paper that started this conversation.

    That's a bigger problem than one field of study, but even in a strictly academic context, PoMo has a deserved reputation for verbiage regardless of the value of its underlying concepts.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16263 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    Sometimes "clarity" does not illuminate the messy beauty of the world, despite its tempting reassurance of truth.

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  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    We don't ask it of physicists, please oh Mr Einstein could you make relativity easier to understand

    Good point - and look how many decades it took for quantum experts to catch up with some of his ideas.

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  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    I wrote that before seeing Giovanni's last post.

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  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    I agree, Giovanni - making it too simple loses the point. But there has to be a "way in" before it can become a more broadly engaging, less elitist conversation.

    It takes more work and skill to find simple words (and it is something I really want to get better at). I reckon dense academic wankery reflects lack of ability or time more than a desire to obscure or to preserve an exclusive club.

    I also believe there is a place for beauty and grace in the language that explores our complex contexts. I wonder if some of what I have read sounds any more fittingly magical in French? You might know - is anyone weaving Maori or Pacific ideas, words and ways of telling stories into the evolving practise here?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16263 posts Report Reply

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