You Too Can Train Your Cat

Kay trained our cat. The trick is simple; only pack animals respond to punishment. So? Don’t use punishment to train your cat. Use positive reinforcement instead.

When I describe how to do this, people get upset as if it’s manipulation, especially with regards to teaching children. The thing is: we are always using operant conditioning. You can’t not. The difference is: are you going to do it well, or haphazardly?

With regards to humans: over-permissiveness is wrong, but you can maintain control without hitting.

Stan Wood and the Vibraband

OK, I always knew (where “always” means, “after I read about in in the Journal of Perception and Psychophysics in 1986”) that body material was completely irrelevant to the sound of a woodwind instrument. Even professional musicians can’t tell the difference between plastic and silver when blindfolded. But I had no idea that someone could do this. Such tone from a piece of balloon.

Too Many Kids On Meds?

Ritalin

ADHD medication only works for people that need it. It’s a stimulant, so it does not calm people without ADHD.

ADHD is hell on the people that have it. In the two cases that I know of, the people lost the ability to read without the medication. It might be the difference between going to college, and not.

There are so many medical issues with no solution, why deprive children of something that has been solved?

Why Bernie? 30 Years of Waiting

 
I remember listening to Bernie on the radio 30 years ago, when I lived in Plattsburgh, and he was the mayor of Burlington. I thought, “This is who we need for President, but that’s never going to happen.”

 
I am a lot more conservative now than I was then, but yeah I still want to believe that it’s possible.

I think that I would have voted for Hillary Clinton if anyone other than Barack Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, or Bernie Sanders were running against her: again.

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