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December 12th, 2005
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Learning styles, and the fallibility of grown ups

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Date:December 13th, 2005 09:35 am (UTC)
If science is like going on an expedition to Coton

Is this based on any actual orienteering experience? Because I fear that my own experience is nothing like that. Navigation by consensus is doomed to fail, or at least be impractically slow. We will get to Coton fastest if we give the map to someone who knows how to use it and leave them to it. It can be me if you like, or it can be someone else, I don't mind, but let it be only one person.

Actually science isn't much like an expedition to Coton, because we can only get to Coton by walking together along a linear route, whereas science works by different people doing different things so as to contribute to the larger whole. So it does actually need some mutual cooperation, but it still doesn't proceed by consensus. What I suggest is needed is vigorous, informed and extremely polite debate.
Date:December 13th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, in all my orienteering experience (or anything that involves reading a map), some prick always grabs the map from my hands muttering something about women not being able to read maps and loudly takes us several miles in the wrong direction. Invariably the person who monopolises the map is somebody who's bad at map reading and good at shouting, rather than somebody who is good at map reading and also good at shouting, leading me to believe that you can only be a good navigator if you're bad at shouting. I wouldn't mind if I or one of the other non-shouty people in the group had the map, as long as we got it right.

I am very good at reading maps and navigating, and if I ever go on a walking expedition again, I'm going to bring my own secret map and go off on my own when somebody houty grabs the map. This will however lead me to be the person who ends up making the tea when everybody else arrives home some hours after me having walked round in circles several times, shouting, but never mind.
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Date:December 13th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
If I ever go walking with you, I shall place myself entirely in your hands.
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