Thursday, 26 March 2009
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
- Attention (grab it)
- Interest (seize it)
- Desire (build it)
- Action (demand it)
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Friday, 13 March 2009
- Disconnection of effects from actions
- Lack of motivation
- Loss of flexibility
Thursday, 12 March 2009
I suspect the Royal Anglians have coped with much harsher abuse than this. Nevertheless, I would have liked to have seen the Sergeant Major call "Halt", "To the right, Salute" promptly followed by each soldier producing a crisp V sign in the direction of the protesters, before resuming their march with glints in their eyes. If you are going to dish it out you ought to be able to take it!
- Reproducible empirical experiments provide the strongest proof.
- Statistical evidence may be good, but tricky to handle. Even very bright and scientifically trained people may mishandle statistical data. A typical example is assuming that correlations mean cause and effect.
- First hand testimony may be good but people can be tricked either by the deceit of others or miscomprehension. If testimonial can be corroborated by others, then its value goes up, taking into account the risk of collusion and trickery.
- Allegory is a step away from direct experience and makes poorer evidence.
- Analogy is another move away from direct evidence and belongs in the realm of concept association and logic.
All of these types of evidence are present in politics. Unfortunately there may be little in the way of useful socialogical experiments and difficult to comprehend statistical evidence may be the best we can get. This points to the necessity for scientific governmental advisers in the Interactive Democracy system.
Monday, 9 March 2009
- Different context
- Mistakes of data (rounding errors)
- Mistakes of statistics (spurious correlations)
- Mistakes of observation
- Mistakes of conclusion
- Mistaken measurement
- Mistaken calculation
Interactive Democracy may encourage people to highlight the mistaken assumptions of others. In particular I'd hope that those with specialist knowledge of the issues being debated would feel empowered to speak out when they hear political leaders making mistakes.