The Game of Life

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+15 1. ringmaster commented 8 years ago

Now I wonder why people invest years at school instead of watching this clip.
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+2 2. ughlah commented 8 years ago

Wait, according to this fairly old and quite dusted book I read Life was created by some dude called God. And it was good.
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+5 3. heng commented 8 years ago

02:25min and following seconds displays an error in the grid...
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-11 4. sux2bu commented 8 years ago

What a load of hogwash.You will never get smarter watching crap like that.
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+5 5. Burimi commented 8 years ago

I think that I didn't get it :S :S
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+3 6. Tarc commented 8 years ago

#2 Ricky Gervais influence? :)
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+1 7. celestus87 commented 8 years ago

#3 It's not an error per se. The game of life can be run with many variations of parameters. That particular program you are referring to is not using the three mentioned earlier in the video but a new set.

I guess the person who made this video used patterns that looked particularly interesting rather than patterns that fit the three criteria mentioned.

In any case, good eye! I had to freeze frame and look at it for a while to spot the "error". 8-)
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+1 8. kirkelicious commented 8 years ago

#2 considering how wrathful this dude can be, it would have been very unwise to write "And it was total crap."
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0 9. CoYoT commented 8 years ago

(i) This clip is from Stephen Hawking's Grand Design: Game of Life.
Look out for Inventing Game of Life & Does John Conway hate his Game of Life?
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+4 10. schlafanzyk commented 8 years ago

#1 The concept of going to school to learn about the world is now completely covered by what the internet can deliver - that is if you know how to use it efficiently and not end up on a porn site every 20 minutes.
Before, we needed schools and other physical spaces to gather, share and process information and get value out of it. Today, you can get everything ever taught in schools for centuries across multiple continents with just a few mouse clicks and save it to a tiny thumb drive that has 100 to 1000 times more storage than an entire government office with desktop computers 20 years ago. Access to information has evolved almost as much as the computing power and storage that carry it. Going to (old-)school is really only needed for social development nowadays - although even that could be argued with, since social systems on the internet are exploding, creating new forms of social interactions across physical borders, for better or for worse.
Thinking back, the only thing I really learned from going to school in the late 90s to early 2000s was how to deal with frustration, incompetence and massive lack of interest. And I realize now how much that fueled my obsession to learn and understand new things independently the moment I dropped out and was able to pursue everything I wanted, surfing this magical and exciting, new place called the world wide web.

Nothing kills interest and creativity like being forced to have it. And nothing kills engagement and productivity like a bell going off in the middle of an interesting experiment, which took a little longer to set up than expected, telling everyone to leave now and come back next week.
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0 11. Natan_el_Tigre commented 8 years ago

#10 Exactly! Just like Buckminster Fuller outlined in "Critical Path":

(Scroll down to page 31, xxxv in the actual book.)
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0 12. ringmaster commented 8 years ago

#10 thank you. What I wrote was with a touch of irony. Of course I won't deny the importance of formalizing knowledge and skills in order to present it later in a job, which is the main reason schools exist today. The clip is interesting enough, though it doesn't cover all aspects of social interaction which is better learned at schools in direct interaction between humans than through internet alone.