.A 12 year old boy describes conditions in Egypt.
What a cool child:
.A 12 year old boy describes conditions in Egypt.
What a cool child:
Ireland has seen some problems, both historically and more currently. The current issue is of course the economic situation. We met a super-interesting cab driver who told us much about migration from Ireland (currently mainly to Australia and Canada).The situation has improved from 2009-2010 to now; Ireland’s economic growth is at about 2%, and considering their base-numbers, it’s ‘ok-ish’. Economic growth percentages can be misleading though. If I had $0.25 and my net worth increased by 100%, I would still only have 50 cents- I wouldn’t have enough money to buy a cheap chocolate bar, but I’d be able to report a 100% growth in my net-worth.
That economic growth described in percentages can be totally misleading is evident in the case of some of the African countries. Percentages make it appear as though the financial growth is staggering, but, the base-line was at such a ridiculously low level that they’re still very very broke. If I had donated $217 to Zimbabwe a while back, I would have increased their state budget by 100%). Nevertheless, 2% is decent for a country like Ireland.
Migration from Ireland is nothing new. Allen, like many other Canadians (and Americans) has roots in Ireland, and his ancestors migrated during the famine in the 19th. Century.
It has been a very odd day. Recall the thing about pro-life (anti-abortion/anti-choice) and pro-choice I posted yesterday? The demonstrations were today.
We were asked (kindly) to join the pro-choice side, and we did (really, all we did was to put the yellow “7 years for rape, 14 years for abortion?” sticker on our sweaters). The crowds were ridiculously large (particularly so on the anti-abortion side); there were riot-police present; several police helicopters; mounted police, and paddy-wagons aplenty. The pics do not adequately display the numbers present.
Many (and I mean *Many*) of the pro-lifers brought their kids to the demonstration. What a horrible thing to do to a child. A 1-6 year old does not understand why the adults are angry with each other. They do not understand demonstrations. They don’t understand why adults are yelling at each other, but they sure experience and understand fear.
CruelCruelCruel. I understand that bringing your child emphasizes your stance, but really?
I am tired now so i’ll continue tomorrow.
I’m in Dublin and I’ve taken some pictures.
In terms of economists though, I like Keynes, and I like this quote in particular:
Ireland is bizarre in some respects. My mother and I saw several young girls handing out fliers for this event. It seemed to be a reaction to the public meeting described in the flier/poster/event pictured below:
And here’s my opinion on abortion (heh! I seem to always have one, don’t I?): I do not believe the myth that women “use abortion as a contraceptive”. I firmly believe that i in most cases, it is a last resort solution (seriously though, the “morning-after pill” is not an abortion). I do nevertheless believe that those who make the (frequently incredibly difficult) choice, should be able to do so without others interfering (I think this is a given in most of Norway. Norway is wonderfully progressive in terms of women’s rights, but since I’m at it…)
It is particularly jarring to see young girls with hardly any life-experience getting into it. I am not discounting their opinion(s) simply because they are young, but experience does hold some importance (and as for men..Shut up guys. This is not about you, unless you want to take on the full responsibility of raising said child). It appears to me that much of the abortion debate is founded on judgement and (attempts at) control, particularly so when men get into it (this whole thing is absolutely nuts in the U.S).
The financial and emotional implications of raising a child are enormous in scope, so I find it to be super-arrogant and unempathetic to judge/attempt to shame those who choose to end a pregnancy. What if (when) the child was conceived in a non-consensual or casual/weird manner? Even worse.
If these young women really wanted to make a difference, how about volunteering? I’m sure there are many underprivileged mothers out there who would appreciate some extra help, both financially and emotionally.
Part of my job as a research assistant entailed testing intelligence in control subjects. Controls were ‘mentally healthy’ (I use the term veeeery loosely) people who were paid $40 to participate in the study. To establish how patients suffering schizophrenia differ from other people, one will necessarily need control-subjects. The controls were not told explicitly that I was testing intelligence; we had a battery of tests, and the WASI (just one of many IQ-measuring tools) was part of a range of cognitive and functional tests we used in the study.
Anyway, within a fairly short time it became evident that one particular sub-segment of the controls differed from others. There were some commonalities: they were most frequently men. They were often slightly older than me, had little formal education, and were at times combative (yet creepily flirtatious). They took forever to test because they were trying to figure out “The Real Reason” behind whatever they were asked to do (dude, there’s no hidden meaning, all I am asking you to do is connect some random dots!). And, they all insisted that I might be “book-smart” but that they themselves were “street-smart”. An IQ of 100 is the norm and these guys never ever scored above 85 on the IQ-test.. I do not claim to be neither book-nor-street smart, but it was just so..blunt.
Nevertheless, this led me to discover the Dunning-Kruger effect. The Dunning-Kruger effect is, briefly explained, what leads those who are not too bright/smart to overestimate their own intelligence. That is, frequently, the more incompetent among us will believe that they are much smarter than the objective evidence suggests. They will also consider themselves smarter than those around them, and they will be likely to point this out to others.
Unsurprisingly, the internet is a endless resource of Dunning-Kruger examples. Much like with Godwin’s law where any argument (online) that goes on for long enough will inevitably result in somebody, somewhere being compared to Hitler, Dunning-Kruger usually comes about in the form of insults towards the fellow debater’s intelligence. The hilarious thing though, is that the person accusing the fellow debater of being dumb, will 9 times out of 10 misspell the word “intelligence”. And it never fails to crack me up. I have also seen real life examples of this phenomenon; where someone claims that their solution is “Intellegent” or “Intellegant” (see pics below; SERIOUSLY; YOU COULDN’T CHECK THE SPELLING PRIOR TO PUTTING ON ALL YOUR COMPANY CARS?).
Start paying attention to this phenomenon and I promise that you’ll start seeing it everywhere!
(Note: I don’t much care for the notion of “intelligence” as measured through IQ-tests, they are meaningless in the big picture. Dunning-Kruger is nevertheless pretty cool).