Tag Archives: Quora

Answer to “What is the best sequential short story … “

Brilliant Answer to “What is the best sequential short story, such as alphabetically, numerically, creatively, and originally, that you can write?” by Chrys Jordan:

You want originality? This sequence of sentences is based on the Hebrew alphabet, which I will phonetically interpret below.
Hebrew has 22 letters, all consonants. Here we go:

Alone: is where we begin.
Both: one plus one.
Group: us and another.
Doing: not only being.
How: a very good question.
Why: a better question.
Zeal: what we should have.
Hubris: what to avoid.
Teachings: from elder to younger.
Youth: the font of change.
Kite: draws the lightning.
Law: order and peace.
Mercy: needed for the first.
Naming: on establishing identity.
Sophistication: the last engender this.
Eyes*: to see for ourselves.
Philosophy: this tames the items that came before.
Tsion**: the need for a homeland.
Quid pro quo: the needs of togetherness.
Righteousness: do be done and not just spoken.
Shalom: what we wish for each other.
Truth: the last.

Thank you for the A2A, Harvey Cameron.

Hebrew Alphabet: ºalef, vet/bet, gimel, dalet, hah, wof, zayn, ħet, ʈet, yod, khaf/kaf, lamèd, mem, nun, ʂamek, ᵜayn, feh/peh, tsadi, qaf, ɽet, shin/sin, tau.

Letters given two interpretations may be pronounced differently if a dagesh (a dot) is added.
* this letter is completely foreign to English, but עין [ᵜayn] is Hebrew for “eye.”
** “Zion” is actually ציון [Tsion] in Hebrew.
“Shalom” is Hebrew for “Salaam” or “peace.”

What is the best sequential short story, such as alphabetically, numerically, creatively, and originally, that you can write?

I have a staff member who produces brilliant work but is consistently late every single day. I can’t fire him because it will take months…

Answer by Matt Wasserman:

Rightly or wrongly, IT people don’t do well with rigid schedules. We’re used to getting paid for our work, not our time. This generally benefits you – we don’t show up at 9 sharp, but we don’t leave until the work is done for the day.

I know of places that require their people to show up at 9, exactly,  and account for every minute. They dock the worker’s pay for every 2 minutes they are late or leave early. Their people are miserable. The building is empty at 5:01. Productivity is low.

Judging how well you manage someone by what time they show up is ridiculous. Show your boss all the completed projects. Show him how much more money the company is making. Show him how problems are being solved. If he’s going to complain about a guy who does brilliant work coming in 15 minutes late then your company deserves to lose this guy.

I have a staff member who produces brilliant work but is consistently late every single day. I can’t fire him because it will take months…

How would you finish this sentence?

These are my answers to:

How would you finish this sentence?

“I loved her. She loved me. She was perfect. Unfortunately, ___________”

 

I loved her. She loved me. She was perfect. Unfortunately, my wife found out.

OR

I loved her. She loved me. She was perfect. Unfortunately, she was a vampire and I was a werewolf, and we were stuck in a movie so terrible, we perished from the absurdity of it all.

OR

I loved her. She loved me. She was perfect. Unfortunately, my hard disk crashed and I lost her.

How would you finish this sentence?

How can we reduce the amount of group-think on Quora?

Answer by Christopher Lamke:

At first, I found this question only mildly interesting as it pertains to Quora, but then I realized you’re actually asking a fundamental question about human groups. Thank you for asking this.

Is there a lot of group-think on Quora?
I’m not sure there’s a lot of group-think on Quora. I haven’t noticed it. I have noticed there are some answers that get many upvotes and others that seem equally good that only get a few upvotes. I have no idea what Quora’s mechanisms are for ensuring the equitable display of content, and of course we’re very unlikely to all agree on whatever algorithm is used and (just as importantly) the definition of “equitable”.

I would like to see an analysis of answers that are qualitatively similar and yet have a large difference in upvotes, to see if factors (other than group-think) can be identified that would account for the difference, e.g. time of submission related to the time that question was hot on Quora. This would be a time consuming process for anyone not working for Quora and having access to the engine and data/records underlying the site, and it wouldn’t be trivial even for a Quora engineer.

Quora has an unusually high percentage of people of above average intelligence and education. I think the majority of Quora users base their upvote (or downvote) on the content of an answer or comment, not the current vote count. Without an analysis like the one above, I don’t see how a regular user can determine this to any level of confidence without many weeks of manual effort, and that assumes the user has a good math/statistics background.

If there is group-think on Quora, how can we overcome this bias, on Quora and in real life?
I agree with the second part of your question, the tendency of even very intelligent people to prefer an echo chamber, in which answers reinforce their worldview, to answers that challenge that worldview. I’d love to have a practical counter to that tendency, as it underlies many of the most destructive aspects of human behavior. I recommend reading up on the theory that reason did not evolve as a means to find objective truth, but rather to win arguments. I find this compelling, as it has great explanatory and predictive power. There are two links on this idea below. If group-think is a major force on Quora, I think we need to examine this theory as a potential framework for explaining it and (maybe) countering it.

The New York Times

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

How can we reduce the amount of group-think on Quora?

More People Have Died From Firearms Domestically Since 1968 Than In All U.S. Wars

More People Have Died From Firearms Domestically Since 1968 Than In All U.S. Wars

Quora Answer by Tiada Nama:

More Americans have died of domestic gun related incidents (since 1968 onward) compared to ALL the Americans who died in every single US war, beginning from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII etc etc up to the Iraq war.

From this perspective, you could say that America is a civil warzone.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-…

What are some of the most mind-blowing facts that sound like “BS”, but are actually true?

What are the most philosophical cartoons?

This political cartoonist is truly brilliant.

Quora Answer by Anonymous:

One of my favorite cartoonists, Mana Neyestani (an Iranian cartoonist in exile), is in my opinion an absolute genius. He often draws cartoons in relation to absurdities of the Iranian politics (not sure if it passes as philosophical, but I assume it does). What makes him incredibly impressive, apart from his brilliant work, is that he usually draws clever cartoons within a day or two of the news emerging. They are often full of both covert and overt points, sometimes too many of them, that are more universal than just the Iranian politics. Below I provide a few of his cartoons, with a bit of context for some.


Context: Freedom through war (Ahem, Mr. Bush).
Titled Freedom for a second.

Context: Oppression (during the Iranian green movement).

Context: Being born in the developing world.
Titled: Come out, the world is beautiful!

Context: The ‘confident’ hardliner.

Context: Immigration. Notice the subtleties about ‘fitting in’, and ‘vanishing’ as well as all the stuff that will end up on the guy’s head.


The Iranian parliament is discussing a bill to prevent population control measures and oppose pregnancy prevention. Violators are subject to up to 5 years of jail time. Here are a couple of his cartoons related to this topic.

Context: The oppressors presence in the most intimate of places.

Context: same as above.
Title: Orgasm!


Context: Homosexuals in Iran.

Context: Sexual child abuse, and the low legal age of marriage.

Context: Netanyahu’s ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing speech in UN’.
Title: Where is the wolf?

Context: World media’s silence on Syrian war for about a year before it finally caught their attention.
Title: The blind spot.

Context: Saeed Jalili, former Iranian nuclear negotiator, showing the path to the future in his presidential campaign.

Context: The effect of the nuclear related sanctions on the Iranian people.

What are the most philosophical cartoons?