Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: LATE: From #Slacktivism to Activism, in reply to Sacha,

    Information is not always drawn from data as such. Experiences and ideas can also be conveyed to drive action.

    I do understand what you are saying but in my experience when people use experiences to drive activism without supporting those experiences with data then you end up with anecdote driven actions.

    Experiences are observations of the world, ideas are hypotheses that allow you to predict future events based on the past observations. In a structured (data driven) environment you test those hypotheses and you are always prepared to reject your hypotheses if new observations (experiences or data) contradict those hypotheses.

    What happens all too often is people develop a theory based on their observations and then never accept any new data, that is my fundamental problem with many activist groups, they are unable to change when new data proves them wrong.

    BTW that's pretty much exactly the scientific method, come up with an idea, test it, and when you are wrong, change the idea. And get used to being wrong a LOT.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4145 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: LATE: From #Slacktivism to Activism, in reply to Sacha,

    data and research and facts

    information is broader than those things

    Which is fine, but information (as you are defining it) that contradicts the observed data is simply a lie and that is the constant problem.

    By all means add the nuances of culture and societal needs but the moment you sacrifice the actual data then you are doing more harm than good.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4145 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: LATE: From #Slacktivism to Activism,

    information is at the heart of activism

    Really?

    Yeah there have been some cases where folks got data out there for the public to see and that spurred action. But there are many many other cases where folks have got very active based on no facts at all ... cough Greenpeace cough.

    I LOVE that some folks are using data and research and facts to base form their opinions and then spread those data to spur others on, but it isn't universal or even common.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4145 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: I Swear, It's True,

    I personally prefer those swears that lend themselves to shouting, generally single syllable but also with a good hard consonant to build up pressure behind before you let rip.

    Bugger is always good - but to be fair I like that one mostly because the teenage American student helpers in the lab said they really like the sound of it when I swore at myself for doing something stupid, then they asked "what does it mean?" and I told them ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4145 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: I Swear, It's True,

    As an added bonus swearing increases your ability to tolerate pain - unless you're a male with a tendency to catastrophise

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4145 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cannabis reform is not a…,

    It’s not a mission to Mars

    No it isn't. A Mars mission is just solving engineering and biological problems and getting the money.

    A rational sensible data driven approach to mind altering drugs would require people to change their minds.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4145 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Why did the TPP fail?, in reply to David Hood,

    Aren't those placements somewhat subjective?

    Ya think!

    On a graph with no scale!

    These kinds of graphs really really piss me off because they are so common in management bullcrap.

    Essentially this is just someone's guess. It may or may not be an educated guess but it still a guess. Because most folks don't take guesses seriously they put the guess on a fake graph to make it look like data. When challenged they resort to "it's just a representation, don't take it literally".

    The OP should be ashamed of trying such a cheap tactic on this audience.

    I have no problem with him guessing. I even am happy that it might be an educated guess.

    But abusing graphical representation of data to try and fool folks into taking his guess as anything more significant is unacceptable bullcrap.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4145 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Dear Dudebros, in reply to steven crawford,

    But. Most abusers are bullies. ...

    That’s dead right – well said.

    Which goes to another real problem with NZ society. Bullying is an accepted, even encouraged behaviour. We're doing something wrong as a society and the consequences are horrible.

    quite literally men

    And because my brain can't help it now I want to know what a figurative man is ... there is probably a really obvious boring answer but I really want there to be some fantastical answer.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4145 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Dear Dudebros, in reply to Gregor Ronald,

    “Why insist on bad sex?”

    One answer is that it usually takes people a while to discover "good sex". By that I mean even if folks read everything on the internet - and their brains don't melt out their ears - they still won't know what they like and it's unlikely they will have met a partner willing to explore until they can figure it out.

    So for someone who has no idea what good sex is then any sex becomes the goal - in a sense it's a race to the bottom.

    That's why really good sex education would/should include practical courses.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4145 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Dear Dudebros,

    How do you stop the "not all men" without making the ones who try feel like shit - and give up.

    The feeling like shit is OK, women suffer much more so feeling like shit is part of the deal - it's the giving up.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4145 posts Report Reply

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