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We are forgetting the vital art of constructive disagreement

first_img Tags: Trading Archive But this is no way to mend a fractured society.We disagree in diverse ways. Sometimes we share a goal, but have different ideas about how to reach it. Other times we are starting with different beliefs about how the world is (factually), or how it ought to be (morally).One of the biggest challenges to my defence of reasonable disagreement comes from debates founded in opposing interests.How can we reach an outcome that everyone accepts, when not everybody can get what they want? You can draw your own parallels with current negotiations happening in UK and international politics.Some general tips for fruitful disagreement also apply here. I asked Sara Gorton of Unison, who recently negotiated a new pay deal for over a million NHS staff, how I might tackle something smaller. Say, a dispute with my neighbour over my wanting a bigger shed. Disagreement is great.I wouldn’t blame you for disagreeing with me about that, especially right now, when politics is dominated by apparently intractable arguments that spill over into every aspect of our lives. But give me a minute to try and convince you. The shared practices of democracy, diplomacy, and public discussion may be irksome when they frustrate getting the outcome we want. But without some common ground on which to disagree, we will find it hard to change anybody’s mind, to improve our own thinking, or even to live together in tolerant dissent.Disagreement is more than great. It is vital – and it’s too important to keep doing badly.How To Disagree: A Beginner’s Guide To Having Better Arguments, broadcast by Timandra Harkness, is being repeated on BBC Radio 4 at 9.30am every Wednesday until 6 March. You can listen online or via BBC Sounds. We are forgetting the vital art of constructive disagreement Share Timandra Harkness Without disagreement, nothing would ever change. Dissent from the status quo is a vital force in society, forcing us to question whether we are, in fact, doing the right thing. Because the dissenters may also be wrong, we need healthy arguments to test ideas on both sides.But today, alas, we mostly have unhealthy arguments.We regard contrary opinions as evidence of idiocy, evil intentions, or – at best – lack of knowledge. We are quicker to shout insults than to listen to opinions. We hope that bombarding the other side with facts, figures and graphs will force them to see how wrong they are.In extreme cases, we demand that our opponents be silenced, to prevent more gullible ears from being exposed to their outrageous views.Changing other people’s minds is hard. They are as stubborn as you are and, to their own eyes, their reasoning is as good as yours. So why argue with them? Much easier to bolster our own sense of moral and cognitive superiority by deriding them, and then retire to fraternise in our own camp, entrenching everyone’s position. whatsapp Opinion City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. whatsapp “Look out of your neighbour’s window,” was her advice. It applies literally for shed disputes, but metaphorically in all negotiations. Try to see things from the other side’s point of view.This is easier in a dispute where you can imagine yourself being on the other side. Yes, this time it’s you wanting to build that shed, but perhaps next time you’ll be the neighbour who fears losing the sunshine from your garden. You’ll understand their position better, and have some empathy for their feelings.Ultimately, you may have to look beyond winning this one, and see getting a good or bad deal – or no deal at all – as part of a longer relationship. Sometimes we have to find consensus not on immediate outcomes, but on the shared frameworks we have built for disagreement.Informally, we need to remember that our neighbours, family members, or fellow citizens will still be there next week, possibly for years. Human relationships need room for tolerance as well as robust argument, so we can live together.Formally, in the public sphere, we have evolved institutions and principles to keep our disagreements civil and fair. We value our political party gaining power, of course, but we also value democracy as a good in itself, because it helps us tackle political disagreements without violence or a breakdown of civil society. Wednesday 13 February 2019 8:22 amlast_img read more

5 Things to Do This Weekend Guaranteed Get You Off the…

first_imgUncategorized5 Things to Do This Weekend Guaranteed Get You Off the CouchPie, pinball, and Patrick Swayze. What more do you people wantBy Marielle Wakim – March 17, 2017488ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItWine and Cheese ExperimentAny experiment involving wine and cheese is one we can all get behind. The Blending Lab, a newish tasting room that makes their own wine blends, is teaming up with the nomadic Vagabond Cheese Company (truly, it’s a traveling cheese shop) on March 19 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. A $30 ticket ($40 at the door) gets you three wines paired with three gourmet cheeses (all of which are TBD—the cheese is SO FRESH that it won’t be selected until the last minute, which will determine the accompanying wines). If three of each won’t cut it, you can tack on an extra wine flight for $15 or another helping of chunked dairy for the same cost. More information (March 19, The Blending Lab)St. Patrick Swayze DayOn the scale of famous Patricks, Patrick Swayze falls somewhere between Patrick Stewart and the fifth-century Irish Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop whom we celebrate this day. So its only fitting that the Egyptian Theater pays homage to this cinematic demigod with a double feature of Point Break and Roadhouse (in 35mm, obviously). The show starts at 7:30 p.m. More information (March 17, Egyptian Theater)Arcade Expo 3.0Banning, California isn’t famous for much—the song “White Christmas” was written there, so do with that information what you will—but it is home to the 18-acre Museum of Pinball. And the glorious campus, which is cram-jammed with more than 1,100 whirring, beeping, blinking, playable consoles, is hosting its third annual Arcade Expo this weekend. For anywhere between $45 and $110 (depending on the type of pass you buy), you can test drive the whole collection, no quarters necessary. There will also be pinball and arcade tournaments, an outdoor “Starcade,” food, and live music. More information (March 17-19, Museum of Pinball)Claremont Pie FestivalDon’t let March 14 have all the pi(e)-themed fun. Eat all the slices your little stomach can handle at this free festival, where flaky crusts, custard fillings, and fresh fruit reign supreme over our years-long obsession with cupcakes. There will be a pie-eating contest, baking demos, and an incongruous but sure-to-be-very-exciting car show. Participating vendors will even be giving out recipe cards so you can try and probably fail at making equally delicious pies at home. (When that happens, eat your way through this list of L.A.’s best pies to console yourself.) More information (March 18, Claremont Village)See the Super BloomThere are mere days left to see the bonkers Super Bloom—an abundance of flowers brought on by this year’s heavy rains—happening in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Make a day of it to snap the perfect Instagram pic of poppies, primroses, and lilies. If the park is too much of a hike, ogle flowers closer home at the East San Gabriel Valley Cherry Blossom Festival at West Covina’s South Hills Plaza. (Super Bloom: ongoing; Cherry Blossom Festival: March 18, South Hills Plaza). Previous articleThese Brilliant Billboards Complete the Views They BlockNext articleSNL Will Finally Be Live For West Coast ViewersMarielle Wakimlast_img read more

Charlie Hebdo: Hundreds attend #JeSuisCharlie vigil in Trafalgar Square after Paris shooting

first_imgTrafalgar Square was the scene of a silent vigil this evening as Londoners paid their respects to those who lost their lives in a Paris shooting today.Several hundred people attended the vigil, which was organised this afternoon in response to the shootings at French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s offices today in which 12 people were killed. Some of those in attendance carried printed out posters with the phrase “Je Suis Charlie” in solidarity with the victims of the attack. Others held handwritten sheets while those with neither held up pens as a symbol of free speech. Both French and British observed the vigil in Trafalgar Square, with some of those assembled at one point singing France’s national anthem La Marseillaise.The vigil echoed one held at the Place de la Republique in Paris earlier today.(Source: Catherine Neilan)(Source: Catherine Neilan)(Source: Catherine Neilan) https://twitter.com/SebastianEPayne/status/552891651572895745 https://twitter.com/Harrylevy/status/552899848169865216 https://twitter.com/susiebubble/status/552894607475113984 https://twitter.com/paul_anski/status/552892964004179969 https://twitter.com/carofeast/status/552906898547429376 Show Comments ▼ Lynsey Barber Charlie Hebdo: Hundreds attend #JeSuisCharlie vigil in Trafalgar Square after Paris shooting Wednesday 7 January 2015 1:50 pm whatsappcenter_img Share whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Q&A: Helping doctors diagnose patients through professional crowdsourcing and machine learning

first_img By Max Blau Aug. 30, 2017 Reprints John Moore/Getty Images Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Health Uninsured patients who depend on safety-net institutions for health care have long lacked access to specialists. Now the leaders of an ambitious initiative that uses artificial intelligence to help doctors improve diagnoses will work with some of the nation’s top medical groups to close coverage gaps for low-income Americans.Earlier this month the Human Diagnosis Project (“Human Dx” for short), an effort to build electronic consult services by “combining collective intelligence with machine learning,” announced a long-term partnership with the American Medical Association, American Board of Medical Specialties, and the Association of American Medical Colleges, among others. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Log In | Learn More What is it? Q&A: Helping doctors diagnose patients through professional crowdsourcing and machine learning Tags patientsSTAT+ GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included?last_img read more

Pharmalittle: Blood samples are lacking for coronavirus treatments; Europe counters Trump offer to vaccine maker

first_img Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Pharma Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the middle of the week. You made it this far, so why not proceed. After all, consider the alternatives. Not pretty, yes? While you do so, we will brew another cup of stimulation — maple bourbon is the latest obsession — and forage for some tidbits. So time to get cracking. We hope your day is manageable, despite the new world in which we live, and that you remain healthy. And as always, do keep in touch.Scientists trying to develop treatments for the new coronavirus have struggled to get a hold of blood samples from recovered patients, which are needed because these contain the building blocks for creating new medicines, The Wall Street Journal writes. More than 180,000 people globally have been infected by the new coronavirus, but blood samples from recovered patients have been in short supply. The challenges researchers face in obtaining samples illustrate the hurdles involved in rapidly developing drugs for a new, poorly understood virus. [email protected] About the Author Reprints @Pharmalot Tags pharmalittleSTAT+ STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTED What’s included?center_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. What is it? Pharmalittle: Blood samples are lacking for coronavirus treatments; Europe counters Trump offer to vaccine maker Ed Silverman Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Alex Hogan/STAT By Ed Silverman March 18, 2020 Reprints Log In | Learn More last_img read more

WATCH: Laois hurler plays in his bare feet in colleges competition

first_img Twitter Home Sport GAA WATCH: Laois hurler plays in his bare feet in colleges competition SportGAAHurling “I wasn’t facing the blisters after the match,” Leech told Quinn in an interview.“I said I’d take them off. The feet were getting sore. It was grand on astroturf I said I’d play in my socks.”When pressed by Quinn that he “seemed to play better in the socks, Leech joked that it wasn’t “too hard play better than what I was playing.” Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 28th February 2020 Facebook Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articlePortlaoise CBS sure to wow with ‘The Addams Family Musical’Next articleDisappointment for Heywood CS and Portlaoise CBS as U-16 sides fall short LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic TAGSBallypickasJerome QuinnJim LeechSt Joseph’sTU DublinWolfhill It’s not the first time that a member of the Leech family, who also play football with St Joseph’s, have shot to prominence – his brother Noel was on the TG4 Underdogs programme last year.You can watch his interview with Jerome Quinn below.SEE ALSO – Burger King now open at Applgreen Junction 17 Midway outside Portlaoise Twitter News WhatsApp WATCH: Laois hurler plays in his bare feet in colleges competition Pinterest They’re a hardy breed in Wolfhill and Jim Leech showed that this week when he played a game of hurling in his bare feet for his college this week.The Ballypickas hurler was representing TU Dublin (formerly DIT) in the seven-a-side competition held in the GAA’s training centre in Abbotstown when he decided to ditch the boots and play on wearing just his socks.It was something that Babs Keating no less did once for Tipperary in the 1971 All Ireland final when his boots were hurting while last year saw Limerick club hurler Robert O’Donnell not even bother wearing socks – though his reason was different, instead opting for an approach that is deemed more natural by many runners.Leech’s boots were causing him blisters so he got rid of them – though the fact that the match was played on an all-weather 4G pitch meant that playing without boots at this time of year wasn’t as big a deal.Still it was enough to catch the attention of Jerome Quinn, the videographer who covers an amount of third level GAA activity. And Leech featured in a video interview on Quinn’s hugely popular Facebook page. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Fed lays out scenarios for 2015 round of bank stress tests

first_imgJames Langton Mortgage stress tests working, OSFI maintains U.S. banking regulators have published the scenarios that major banks will face in the next round of stress testing. The U.S. Federal Reserve Board Thursday issued the supervisory scenarios that will be used in the 2015 round of capital planning and stress testing, which includes a review of 31 bank holding companies with at least US$50 billion of total consolidated assets. At the same time, the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) published the scenarios that will be used in stress tests required of certain financial institutions with at least US$10 billion in assets. Related news The Fed says its tests will look at three different scenarios (baseline, adverse, and severely adverse) and will incorporate 28 variables, including economic activity, unemployment, exchange rates, asset prices, incomes, and interest rates. The baseline scenario models current economic forecasts, whereas the adverse and severely adverse scenarios describe hypothetical events and are designed to assess the strength of banks and their resilience to adverse economic environments. The Fed notes that, as in previous stress tests, the six banks with large trading operations will be required to factor in a global market shock as part of their scenarios. It intends to provide the data for the global market shock scenario as soon as possible, and no later than Dec. 1. Additionally, eight firms that have substantial trading or custodial operations will be required to incorporate a counterparty default scenario. The 31 banks undergoing capital reviews must submit their capital plans by Jan. 5, 2015. Regulators uncover bond fund liquidity riskscenter_img Fed admits stress test error Keywords Stress testsCompanies Federal Reserve Board Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

CSA provides additional guidance for offerings of tokens

first_img The Canadian Securities Administrator (CSA) has published new guidance on the applicability of securities laws to new issues of coins or tokens, including ones that are commonly referred to as “utility tokens,” the CSA announced on Monday.The new guidance, published in a staff notice, is designed to supplement the CSA’s initial guidance in this area, which was issued back in August last year. Related news Bitcoin should face tough capital rules, Basel Committee says James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Since then, the CSA has found that many of these sorts of offerings are considered to involve securities, even though they issue tokens to finance the development of software, online platforms, or other applications.“In many of these cases, the offering will involve securities despite the fact that the tokens have one or more utility functions,” the notice states.Monday’s guidance aims to address when an offering of tokens involves an offering of securities, and the regulator’s approach to offerings that are structured in multiple steps.The CSA “will have concerns where a multiple step transaction is used in an attempt to avoid securities legislation,” the notice stresses.CSA enforcement staff are, “conducting active surveillance of coin and token offerings activity to identify past, ongoing and potential future violations of securities laws or conduct in the capital markets that is contrary to the public interest.”“Since publishing initial guidance, we have engaged with numerous businesses considering token offerings and have found that most of these offerings involve securities,” says Louis Morisset, chairman of the CSA and president and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers, in a statement. “Our notice sets out additional guidance based on situations we have seen to date and common inquiries we have received from businesses and their advisors.” New York attorney general secures receiver for crypto firm Many hands choosing cryptocurrency coins from box labeled ICO arrow/123RF How should banks allocate capital for crypto? Keywords CryptoassetsCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Prime Minister Golding Requests Fixed Schedule for Resumed Vale Royal Meetings

first_imgRelatedPrime Minister Golding Requests Fixed Schedule for Resumed Vale Royal Meetings Prime Minister Golding Requests Fixed Schedule for Resumed Vale Royal Meetings UncategorizedJanuary 4, 2008 Advertisements RelatedPrime Minister Golding Requests Fixed Schedule for Resumed Vale Royal Meetingscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, Hon Bruce Golding has written to Opposition Leader, Portia Simpson- Miller, requesting that a fixed schedule for the resumed bi-partisan meetings be established.In a letter welcoming the Opposition Leader’s decision announced yesterday to resume the discussions, Prime Minister Golding said he is of the view that much can be achieved through bilateral collaboration undertaken in good faith. Mr. Golding said he, like the Opposition Leader, shared the view that the most appropriate framework is the established Vale Royal caucus, which was last convened in 2005.Mr. Golding said he has delegated the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Investment, Hon Karl Samuda to liaise with the appropriate person designated by Mrs. Simpson-Miller, to agree on the date and agenda for the first meeting. He has expressed the view that the initial meeting will consider a fixed schedule for subsequent meetings. RelatedPrime Minister Golding Requests Fixed Schedule for Resumed Vale Royal Meetingslast_img read more

FAO Assisting Farmers in Production of Lucea Yam

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Cascade Producers Marketing Organisation, in Hanover, a group comprising some 25 farmers from that rural district, signed an agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) yesterday (Jan. 21) which guarantees the farmers some $225,000 in assistance for production of the ‘Lucea Yam’.According to FAO representative in Jamaica, Dr. Dunstan Campbell, the agreement, which was signed at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Hanover parish office, is being facilitated under the second phase of the FAO’s Initiative on Soaring Food Prices (ISFP) project.He explained that the ISFP project was launched by the FAO in December 2007 in response to the rise in food prices worldwide, which posed a serious threat to the food security of developing, food importing countries such as Jamaica.He informed that the ISFP project has two main goals which are to make food accessible to the most vulnerable, and to help small farmers increase their output and earn more. The project is divided into three phases with Haiti being the sole beneficiary in the western hemisphere under the first phase.Dr. Campbell informed that Jamaica is benefitting under phase two of the project, which targets developing countries.“Under phase two of the project the FAO made available to Jamaica US$250,000 for the improvement for food security here in Jamaica. That money is now being used in Jamaica for two purposes.specifically to strengthen or increase the production of root and tubers, under which you are benefitting, and I am here today because you fall under this part of the project,” he told the Hanover farmers.“The other purpose is for providing support to vulnerable institutions to produce their own food, and here in Jamaica we are working with the infirmaries in St. Thomas, Manchester and in Westmoreland,” he explained.He informed that phase three of the ISFP project is now being finalised, adding that Jamaica is set to receive a substantial cheque under that phase, for further increase in food production to meet its food security needs.Turning to the $225,000 agreement being signed, Dr. Dunstan pointed out that it is specifically for the production of ‘Lucea’ Yams. He emphasised that the agreement is aimed at re-starting and boosting the specialised area of yam production in Lucea, Hanover. He expressed pleasure at working with the Cascade Producers and Marketing Organisation under this agreement, highlighting the importance of marketing for farm products.“So very often farmers produce and they can’t market, and it causes frustration and in fact it breaks the cycle. In fact when you produce and you cannot market then you are not given the incentive to produce, then it goes down and the cycle for food security is broken,” he stated.He implored the Cascade group to not use the money provided solely on production but to also consider the marketing aspect of their endeavours, as no additional funds will be provided to support the marketing of their products. RelatedFAO Assisting Farmers in Production of Lucea Yam RelatedFAO Assisting Farmers in Production of Lucea Yam FAO Assisting Farmers in Production of Lucea Yam AgricultureJanuary 23, 2009center_img RelatedFAO Assisting Farmers in Production of Lucea Yam Advertisementslast_img read more