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Thursday, September 8, 2005

Moot Court:

Sentencing for the multiple murder case took place downtown in the Criminal Courts Building on Friday. Sheryell and Kara (Tara?) missed the actual sentencing. Sheryell had coffee with us to discuss it afterwards, and Kara (Tara?) went off to visit other court rooms. We wondered how people could get in so deeply into not caring about the lives of others. And then, exhausted from getting there for 8:30 a.m., Pat and Arnold and jeanne went home for a nap.

We were glad we had discussed "consecutive" (time served one after the other) and concurrent (time served together at the same time). It came up throughout the sentencing. It was an awesome feeling watching someone go off to jail for life without parole (LWOP).

Special Topics: Love 1A

  • A couple of things about a loving world. Remember that the loving world we create as our self interacts with reality as we perceive it around us is our own life world, different by its experiences from every other lifeworld. On Thursday, I spoke about Herbart's apperceptive mass, or what I call the stewpot on the stove. Herbart is a learning theorist. And the apperceptive mass is his vision of the mind. I usually describe as the stewpot sitting on the stove into which Mother or Aunt Betty put all the leftovers to make a "ghoulash" or stew that we could dip into in the days when there were no MacDonald's. So if you came home hungry after school, you could have a quick "pick me up." The French call it a "pot au feu, " the pot on the fire, ready always to eat.

    Herbart considered that our mind was like that pot au feu, holding at the ready every experience we ever had, sometimes even from fetal experiences. Once a leftover goes in the pot, you can't really get it out again, for its mixed with all the other earlier experiences. And each leftover, or experience, changes the whole flavor of the pot.

    jeanne's imaginary of Herbart's apperceptive mass
    jeanne's imaginary of Herbart's apperceptive mass

    One thing to remember is that once you have had an experience, you can alter its effect by later experiences, but you can't take the experience out of your apperceptive mass. It's there forever, and may come to the surface at any time, unexpectedly (Freud's unconscious).

    jeanne's imaginary of Rabelais' Frozen Words
    jeanne's imaginary of Rabelais' Frozen Words

    The story to go with the picture is at Frozen Words and Discourse. Some important notes on labelling and forgiveness.

Analytical Statistics

  • variables - anything that varies, age, education, gender, income, religion, beliefs, attitudes, etc.

  • independent and dependent variables - the dependent variable is the one that depends on how you manipulate the independent variable. The independent variable is the one you manipulate.

    example - if you made the room cooler, we could learn more effectively

    • temperature of the room is the independent variable - you can manipulate the temperature to see what happens to learning
    • learning is the dependent variable - how would you measure it?

      levels of variables - nominal, ordinal, interval

    • nominal - named categories, republican, democratic, independent - all of presumably equal status
    • ordinal - this kind of measurement gives you ranked categories, one higher or lower than the other on level of agreement
      • strongly agree, agree, don't care, disagree, strongly disagree
      • high, medium, low
      • upper, middle, lower
    • interval - this kind of measurement provides equal intervals: one year of education, one dollar of income, one year of age
      • no. of years of education
      • actual income in dollars
      • actual age in years

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