no way to store culture except in the medium it exists

A few notes from reading Edward T Hall‘s Beyond Culture:

Jivaro Shrunken HeadCulture information and techniques are passed from members of one generation to the next. The next generation takes this accumulation, adds its own discoveries and refinements, and passes the total on to the next.

It seems to me however that that transference of cultural information to the younger generation requires two things. Physically being together and sufficient time for the transference to occur.

Perhaps this explains why companies will not hire remote workers, but occasionally extend work-from-home options to long time employees. Maybe it is that enough time has passed for cultural transference so the part-time remote worker can successfully interact if they are past this threshold of transference (whatever that length of time is)? I really don’t know, just thinking.

And there is no ability to “store” culture except in the medium in which it exists. You can’t describe it in a book in a way that it could be recreated, nor store it in a DNA double helix. It must be experienced and participated in.

If you can’t store something, you can’t time-shift it or carry it to someone in a different location for them to learn.

That last one really gets me. There is absolutely no way to store culture except in the medium it exists. #heavy

Religion is the overwhelmingly dominant factor in predicting generosity

Some stats from the book Who Really Cares by Arthur C. Brooks:prayers

  1. Religion is the overwhelmingly dominant factor in predicting generosity “”religious liberals and religious conservatives are identical.
    1. “Religious“ is defined by Brooks as individuals who attend worship service at least once a week (30% of the population) and;
    2. “Secular“ is defined by Brooks as people either don’t believe in a deity, or attend a place of worship one or less times per year.
  2. Religious people are 25% more likely to donate money than secular people
  3. Religious people are 23% more likely to volunteer, and even within the population of people who volunteer, religious people devote twice as much time.
  4. Conservative people give more money. Possibly a correlation as religious people are conservative.
  5. Political Affiliation (e.g. Democrat vs Republican) itself isn’t the predictor.

I believe it is worth pointing out that the definitions of “Religious” and “Secular” are polarized on opposite ends of the spectrum. There are many who perhaps attend a religious service once a month who would not fit either category as defined by Brooks.

All data from Who Really Cares – Compassionate Conservatism on Amazon.

it would be helpful if you sent me a link

(text cut from an email that will never be sent.)

No, I am not trying to be rude. I am just trying to explain why I am not replying to your email. Please bear with me.

The Internet is made up of what most people call “links“. In fact these are really part of a name-space called Uniform Resource Locators. When you type a link the system ASSUMES “http:“ or Hypertext Transport Protocol. But it could just as easily be telnet: or ftp: or https: etc”¦. The main point is that the link specifies both protocol and the EXACT uniform location. It is specific. It is a specific location.

In the scenario below you were having difficulty with several profiles and images on some site. I gather that from the partial names. My bet is that at the time you were having that difficulty YOU WERE LOOKING AT THEM. And above that page was a URL ““ an exact reference to this exact and specific page. But you did not copy it. Rather you typed a long email to me with clues about the possible world you were in at the time.

So, to help you based on the email you sent I have to commit half an hour just to retrace the steps. Make a few educated guesses on where you were at. And I still can’t be sure I am looking at the same thing. On a Monday morning at work. Awesome. Because you don’t want to bother to copy/paste you are sending me on a goose-chase. For a technical person this is perceived of as rude because it is NOT NECESSARY. The message you are sending is that our time is meaningless in comparison to the time it takes to you copy and paste a link.

While you probably aren’t trying to insult the technical people in your life, it is thoughtless at a minimum. And we have talked about this 9999 times. This is not the first time anyone has mentioned the importance of links. But you continue to revert to story-book requests for assistance. Sigh.

What I am trying to say here is it would be helpful if you sent me a link when you asked me to support some other companies web products that I didn’t even program. If you want me to help that is. We discussed this before, no?

Michael Ploanyi’s theory of apprenticeship

“Michael Ploanyi’s theory of apprenticeship: “˜You follow your master because you trust his manner of doing things even when you cannot analyze and account in detail for their effectiveness.  By watching the master and emulating his efforts in the presence of his example, the apprentice unconsciously picks up the rules of the art, including those which are not explicitly known to the master himself.  These hidden rules can be assimilated only by a person who surrenders himself to that extent uncritically to the imitation of another.’“

–       Design and Truth pg. 156

the need for conformity

“I understand the need for conformity. Without a concise set of rules to follow we would probably all have to resort to common sense. Discipline is the key to conformity and it is important that we learn not to question authority at an early age.” 27b/6

irrational humans

“We spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need to create impressions that won’t last on people we don’t care about.” (more)