Friday, December 19, 2014

Input/Output

The concept of input and output is used as a tool for thinking about processes.

What happens in-between input and output?

Computer programs take input from peripherals (keyboard, mouse, etc) and files. Then manipulate that input to output information (to the monitor) or instructions (to another program or machine).

To what other processes could the idea of input and output be used?

How about in a biological sense? Could you treat incoming stimuli (such as vision and audition) as input and outgoing actions (such as movement and speaking) as output?

Do the above examples of the application of input and output hint at a similarity between computers and humans? If so, then does that mean that both the CPU (central processing unit) and the CNS (central nervous system) serve the same purpose in a way?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Generalization/Specialization

Generalization or specialization?...for work?...for play?...for strategy?...for life?

Is generalization or specialization valued to a higher degree in modern society? Is the answer the same for ancient society? If not, what changed? Will there be a point in the future in which specialization is absolutely necessary for success?

Would you rather generalize or specialize? Why?

Do generalists make superior leaders? Do specialists make superior teachers in that which they specialize?

Imagine two intelligences that perform the same task. One intelligence is a complete specialist in that task. The other intelligence is almost a complete specialist but also has some general knowledge.

Which intelligence in the above scenario is better at the task? Is it true that a complete specialist can perform the specialty task with maximum efficiency? Does non-specialized knowledge in a task distract the performance of that task?