[FRIAM] more bullsh¡t

Pieter Steenekamp pieters at randcontrols.co.za
Fri Jan 6 00:59:18 EST 2023

As a native of South Africa, I have personally witnessed the shortcomings
of both our public primary and secondary education systems and the
financial barriers that prevent many from accessing private schools. In
response, I have dedicated the past year to establishing a private
institution that is not only affordable, but also committed to providing a
high-quality education. In reflecting on what constitutes a truly valuable
education, I have come to the conclusion that the most essential outcome is
not the acquisition of academic skills, but rather the development of
strong relationships - both with oneself and with the outside world. While
it is not possible to directly teach children how to cultivate such
relationships, it is possible to create an environment in which they can
learn and grow through unsupervised interactions with their peers.

Full disclosure: I have not kissed  Blarney Stone and my ability to write
(or speak for that matter) eloquently is just awful. I've written a
paragraph and then I asked chatGPT, who have kissed the Blamey Stone, to
rephrase it more eloquently. The above paragraph reflects exactly what I
wish to say, but is just expressed so much better.

On Fri, 6 Jan 2023 at 00:39, glen <gepropella at gmail.com> wrote:

> AI, Teaching, and "Our Willingness to Give Bullshit a Pass"
> https://dailynous.com/2023/01/05/ai-teaching-and-our-willingness-to-give-bullshit-a-pass/
> The first time I heard this argument was from these guys:
> https://www.audible.com/pd/Pill-Pod-104-AI-the-New-Crisis-of-Humanities-Education-Podcast/B0BPQ77Z8P
> My phrasing of the idea being that tools like ChatGPT are analogous to
> calculators, allowing the computer to do what it's good at and freeing
> humans up to do what we're good at. Why require students to learn bullshit
> rhetorical styling when we can teach them to think about the *substance*
> ... a lesson many of us learned from Knuth's TeX a long time ago. The trick
> is that tools like ChatGPT are built around the bullshit-generation use
> case. What we need are tools built around the bullshit-detection use case.
> With branch prediction, we could implant a little device just under the
> eardrum that listened to someone's speech acts for a tiny fraction, predict
> where it was going, and call bullshit or "pay attention" for some interval.
> The bullshitters' rhetoric would never even reach your audio perception
> devices. ... like trigger warnings for all of us sensitive snowflakes who
> can't bear to look on images of Mohammed <
> https://whyevolutionistrue.com/2023/01/05/hamline-university-assailed-for-firing-professor-who-showed-images-of-muhammads-face/
> >.
> Those of us who've kissed the Blarney Stone, unfortunately, would spend
> our lives talking to brick walls.
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