Re: Wolfram Alpha

2009-03-12 Thread Mirek Dobsicek
Günther Greindl wrote: Kim, great post, thanks! I second that! cheers, mirek Kim Jones wrote: Let's keep it simple. Schools and universities (globally identifiable as 'the education industry') have traditionally fulfilled the role of fountains of knowledge. ..

Re: Wolfram Alpha

2009-03-11 Thread Günther Greindl
Kim, great post, thanks! You may enjoy this TED talk: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html As to your laughing friend, I also know some such people, they have in truth not understood what science is about: asking questions, being critical

Re: Wolfram Alpha

2009-03-10 Thread John Mikes
Kim, this seems to be a so far undiscussed domain and I have some concerns. First off: the English usage mixes up 'education' with 'teaching'. Schools have a task to transform unformatted teen-beasts into constructive beings, what I call 'education'. That may be a very controversial thing,

Re: Wolfram Alpha

2009-03-10 Thread Kim Jones
Let's keep it simple. Schools and universities (globally identifiable as 'the education industry') have traditionally fulfilled the role of fountains of knowledge. This is fine, up to the point where we realise that we no longer need to attend these places if all we want is knowledge

Wolfram Alpha

2009-03-09 Thread Kim Jones
http://www.kurzweilai.net/email/newsRedirect.html?newsID=10240m=41581 Universities and schools should now re-invent themselves. We no longer need any institution to dole out knowledge because all (non-fuzzy factual) knowledge can be downloaded from the Net. Education can now only have a

Re: Wolfram Alpha

2009-03-09 Thread Brent Meeker
Kim Jones wrote: http://www.kurzweilai.net/email/newsRedirect.html?newsID=10240m=41581 http://www.kurzweilai.net/email/newsRedirect.html?newsID=10240m=41581 Universities and schools should now re-invent themselves. We no longer need any institution to dole out knowledge because all

Re: Wolfram Alpha

2009-03-09 Thread Kim Jones
Certainly wouldn't disagree with you, Brent but I'm just wondering whether it's ever worth bringing out your yellow Positive Thinking hat before you automatically reach for your black Negative/Cautionary thinking hat? Please go right ahead and invent a bullshit detector ( a real one - not