[Clayart] david the self driving car

Robert Harris robertgharris at gmail.com
Tue Oct 19 16:43:35 UTC 2021

A hundred years ago (even thirty years ago in some communities), giving
children "the belt" was commonplace. And it raised a generation of children
who think that hitting is OK. Older is not always better. And when trying
things that are new, more mistakes will be made. (As an aside if you're
trying to throw or make an entirely new form (it may be a mug but it's
totally different), how many times do you have to cut it off and start
again before it looks "right"?)

Likewise, they used to train horses (and other animals) by punishment.
There is absolutely no doubt that positive reinforcement works far far
better. It just takes a lot longer and more patience, and people are lazy.

Remember, humans are animals. We may be on the far end of the bell curve in
terms of brainpower, but cheetahs are on the far end for fast twitch
muscles,  make no mistake we are animals and we should take heed of animal

On Mon, 18 Oct 2021 at 12:04, Dorothy Parshall <dorothyp at whidbey.com> wrote:

> My sons were born in 59 and 63. I read Spock but remember little of what
> he was on about. I went by the wisdom of my father and raised my sons as I
> had been raised. And their children have been mostly raised the same way —
> and 2 great grands pretty much the same. I suppose books have been, and are
> still, written about where parenting went off the track - probably  a few
> thousand years ago, or more. We just have an increasingly huge population
> of people whose forbears never learned how… to do a lot of things! The
> world changes daily; Stephen Pinker in The Better Angels of our Nature,
> complete with an incredible number of footnotes, asserts that humans have,
> in general, improved over the centuries. Hard to believe, but we need to
> focus more on those who are doing a good job and on giving more supports to
> those who have failed to choose the better parents.   Not every wannabe
> potter is blessed with a great teacher either!
> Dorothy Parshall
> > On Oct 18, 2021, at 8:44 AM, robert hackert <ndiaman at hotmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Everything parental wise missing from current generation. No boundaries.
> When a PO in Philly We got a call (this was in the 60’s) to a home. Woman
> answered door. Asked what was issue. Said her son would not listen. Took us
> to a bedroom, there in the bed was an early teen boy. Told mom we are not
> in the parenting business. She replied he just will not listen. Said
> husband did not believe in discipline (Dr. Spock teaching). I realized then
> that the world had changed, not for the better.
> > Rob Hackert
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