Sunday, 21 May 2017

Why Should I Be Nice?

As usual Robert Sapolsky is entertaining, lucid and convincing. It's a pleasure to listen to the guy.

Quite apart from what he has to say here, imagine a connected world where many thousands of students routinely have access to lecturers of this quality over the internet. What would all the other lecturers do?


Demetrius said...

Having spend a lot of my time wading through documents, I find it amazing what can be done in a tenth of the time now on the net. Instead of a journey to wherever, or calling up files etc. a click here and there gives me the bits and pieces I need. As for lecturers on the net, they can fit in with my time, not theirs. In effect the traditional three year degree course could now take a lot less time for many things, albeit those needing lab time or field study etc. would require extra. It is a whole new world.

Anonymous said...

Indeed it is easy to access very good lecturers and written stuff online. There is no reason a diligent student could not be up there with a starred first - except that might cut the universities budgets. But more importantly, why are not the entire stock of young people beavering away getting 2.1 equivalents in Art History, Eng Lit, Physics, Maths even Geography. We currently have access to libraries and compute power undreamed of a little while back. What do we do with it? Looking at people 'making the beast' and sending silly tweets.

Almost as if the western governments don't want the young to advance beyond shelf filling or machine minding. Well a little toward the East people are not so daft and will very soon be eating our lunch.

A K Haart said...

Demetrius - I agree and sooner or later it will have to be acknowledged. Could be painful.

Roger - western governments seem to have accepted that managing decline is essentially what they do.

James Higham said...

He would not be allowed to propagate and the others would be feted.

A K Haart said...

James - or universities will want people like him so they can hack out the dead wood.