Comments on: hubris http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/ read, and be entertained Sun, 12 Sep 2010 18:15:26 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= By: anonymous http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1430 anonymous Fri, 22 Feb 2008 05:39:10 +0000 http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1430 It's good, at least, that the hubris alarm bells are ringing. In most of those stories you mentioned, the worst fates go to the people who ignore those alarm bells completely. And I have to agree with the above--you *are* really smart. I have to agree, you just casually mentioning LSD takes me by surprise. Imho, it'd be a bad idea. But I'm not gonna bug you about it, because I understand it's just a flippant remark without much intent...right? --Rourke It’s good, at least, that the hubris alarm bells are ringing. In most of those stories you mentioned, the worst fates go to the people who ignore those alarm bells completely. And I have to agree with the above–you *are* really smart.

I have to agree, you just casually mentioning LSD takes me by surprise. Imho, it’d be a bad idea. But I’m not gonna bug you about it, because I understand it’s just a flippant remark without much intent…right?

–Rourke

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By: coriolinus http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1429 coriolinus Sun, 17 Feb 2008 05:26:26 +0000 http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1429 I suppose that the biggest challenge to be overcome in peer tutoring is logistical: with the amount of time we spend at work, it's hard to gather more than a few people at a time for study. It is worth looking into, though. I suppose that the biggest challenge to be overcome in peer tutoring is logistical: with the amount of time we spend at work, it’s hard to gather more than a few people at a time for study. It is worth looking into, though.

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By: kadath http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1428 kadath Sun, 17 Feb 2008 00:16:17 +0000 http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1428 <i>It's the Army, but it's also the officer corps.</i> Yeah, and? You are easily in the "two to three standard deviations above the mean" range. (Assuming normal distribution, blah blah.) You are are a quicker study than a substantial percentage of the population--recognizing the truth is not hubris. You are not being judged against a narrative standard. You are being judged against what the Army believes to be reasonable progress. If you are meeting that standard easily, then it becomes your call as to whether you want to coast or push yourself. Perhaps you could volunteer for peer tutoring, assuming your classmates would be receptive. I guarantee your instructors would notice and appreciate you taking initiative. <i>I've heard about the growing unattainability of actual LSD. Given my utter lack of drug contacts, it seems almost as though the most surefire way of getting some would be to get some chemistry texts and precursor chemicals and synthesize my own.</i> Yes, you would be much safer making your own, though it's not Chemistry 101 by any means. It’s the Army, but it’s also the officer corps.

Yeah, and? You are easily in the “two to three standard deviations above the mean” range. (Assuming normal distribution, blah blah.) You are are a quicker study than a substantial percentage of the population–recognizing the truth is not hubris. You are not being judged against a narrative standard. You are being judged against what the Army believes to be reasonable progress. If you are meeting that standard easily, then it becomes your call as to whether you want to coast or push yourself. Perhaps you could volunteer for peer tutoring, assuming your classmates would be receptive. I guarantee your instructors would notice and appreciate you taking initiative.

I’ve heard about the growing unattainability of actual LSD. Given my utter lack of drug contacts, it seems almost as though the most surefire way of getting some would be to get some chemistry texts and precursor chemicals and synthesize my own.

Yes, you would be much safer making your own, though it’s not Chemistry 101 by any means.

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By: coriolinus http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1427 coriolinus Sat, 16 Feb 2008 21:38:37 +0000 http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1427 It's the Army, but it's also the officer corps. Regardless of the reputations that young Lts have for being clueless, I have yet to meet an officer who seems like they are actually below the national average in intelligence. My peers these days aren't all up to the same standard I saw in college, but they were selected by a broader set of criteria than WPI's students were. I've heard about the growing unattainability of actual LSD. Given my utter lack of drug contacts, it seems almost as though the most surefire way of getting some would be to get some chemistry texts and precursor chemicals and synthesize my own. It’s the Army, but it’s also the officer corps. Regardless of the reputations that young Lts have for being clueless, I have yet to meet an officer who seems like they are actually below the national average in intelligence. My peers these days aren’t all up to the same standard I saw in college, but they were selected by a broader set of criteria than WPI’s students were.

I’ve heard about the growing unattainability of actual LSD. Given my utter lack of drug contacts, it seems almost as though the most surefire way of getting some would be to get some chemistry texts and precursor chemicals and synthesize my own.

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By: coriolinus http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1426 coriolinus Sat, 16 Feb 2008 21:24:14 +0000 http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1426 It does not do to underestimate the trauma of a moldy orange. It does not do to underestimate the trauma of a moldy orange.

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By: kadath http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1425 kadath Sat, 16 Feb 2008 16:58:39 +0000 http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1425 Dude, it's the <i>Army</i>. Lowest common denominator, which you are not. Also, be careful if you decide to experiment with hallucinogens. It is very hard to get high-quality LSD today. Dude, it’s the Army. Lowest common denominator, which you are not.

Also, be careful if you decide to experiment with hallucinogens. It is very hard to get high-quality LSD today.

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By: anonymous http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1424 anonymous Sat, 16 Feb 2008 14:40:52 +0000 http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1424 Way to have actually interesting stuff to blog about. Most people are all like "I ate an orange today but the orange was SPOILED!" Way to have actually interesting stuff to blog about. Most people are all like “I ate an orange today but the orange was SPOILED!”

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By: anonymous http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1423 anonymous Sat, 16 Feb 2008 13:36:48 +0000 http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1423 Your natural morality is alive and kicking--pride is a DEADLY sin, so listen to what that inner voice is telling you. Use your gifts well--offer to study with those struggling, and do it humbly. What goes around comes around. Your natural morality is alive and kicking–pride is a DEADLY sin, so listen to what that inner voice is telling you. Use your gifts well–offer to study with those struggling, and do it humbly. What goes around comes around.

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By: anonymous http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1422 anonymous Sat, 16 Feb 2008 12:42:32 +0000 http://www.coriolinus.net/2008/02/15/hubris/#comment-1422 The casual remark above about LSD is, to me, the most frightening thing you've said in a long time. Do you really want a classic story arc about potential greatness derailed into delusion and tumbling into cliched squalor? Come on, that's hardly unexplored territory. Open any magazine. I thought you said you want a story you'd want to read. The casual remark above about LSD is, to me, the most frightening thing you’ve said in a long time. Do you really want a classic story arc about potential greatness derailed into delusion and tumbling into cliched squalor? Come on, that’s hardly unexplored territory. Open any magazine. I thought you said you want a story you’d want to read.

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