The Map of Mathematics

Young Labour Summer Camp and Parents’ Right to Know

One Sock: Heather Roy's Blog

Heather Roy

13 March 2018

16 is a hard age – not old enough to vote or consume alcohol in public places or be sent off to war. But old enough to have their say on medical matters, get married or enter into a civil union with parental consent. For politicians writing law the difference for determining legal ages is fraught. 14, 16 and 18 are all cut-off points for a variety of areas that we all hope our children (and their parents) will never have to contend with. Levels of maturity are obviously part of the answer but the law doesn’t deal with fuzziness or niceties – it is absolute and requires definitives to be administered. The Privacy Commission, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and Consumer all provide information on when a child’s privacy and rights over-ride the need to inform parents.

From a parental perspective the…

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English possessions in France

Poitoucharentesinphotos

This is not about houses and gites and chateaux owned by English people, although if you added up how much property the English now own in France we are making a  good effort at taking back what we lost in the 100 year war.

Gencay Castle

Gencay drawbridge

No, this is about the one hundred year war and the run up to it.

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Meet Dr. Sima Samar — The Person Obama Beat Out for the Nobel Prize

JONATHAN TURLEY

225px-Sima_SamarIn light of the recent disclosure that President Obama was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize just 12 days after taking office and was initially opposed from the majority of the Committee (here), there is some interest on who was stepped over for the honor. The most striking “loser” in the competition was Dr. Sima Samar, an amazingly brave Afghan woman who has risked her life to fight for the rights of women and girls in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Crooked Hillary still stands by her deplorables remark

Is this the solution to implicit bias?

Alf Garnett argues about Else’s debt to Sabu the cornershop owner

Simpsons nails gender

Will Robots Take Our Jobs?

Andrew Sullivan distrusts progress, says it erodes deeper happiness and meaning (i.e., we need more religion)

Why Evolution Is True

Since Andrew Sullivan moved to New York Magazine, he seems to have become more liberal, more thoughtful, and more reasonable. But he doesn’t seem to have become less religious. Or so it seems in his latest piece (click on screenshot below).

Sullivan’s target is the thesis of Steve Pinker, who maintains in his new book, Enlightenment Now, that the world is improving in many ways, that those improvements are often permanent (we’re never going back to slavery or worldwide death penalties), that they are based on the Enlightenment values of science, reason, progress, and humanism, and that, although serious problems remain, we have ways to fix them. (I have about 75 pages to go in Pinker’s 550-page tome.)

Sullivan takes issue with this thesis—not the bit about the material improvement of our world and lives, but with the idea that this progress will make our lives happier and…

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