Phil 7.6.17

7:15 – 8:15 Research

  • Continuing C&C
    • For the collectivity it is imperative to overcome its consuming tendency to impose a uniformity upon individuals and encourage their inclination to follow the law of least effort and obey. It is true that by causing them to abandon their personal arguments and interests, the collectivity ensures, for its own benefit, that decisions are made easy. But this is at the price of a passivity that deprives it of the energy and active initiative of individuals. They have to struggle against themselves in order to form a living entity, and the entity has to struggle against itself in order to be made up of individuals. This is in fact the necessity noted by Pascal in his time:The multitude that is not reduced to a unity is confusion; the unity that does not depend upon the multitude is tyranny.’ [p 50]
    • Depth psychology
    • How and why this occurs emerges from a fine study by Freedman and Fraser (1966), the American psychologists, which deals with a familiar situation. We see volunteers going from door to door to get householders to sign a petition whose purpose was ‘to preserve the beauty of California’. Naturally, almost everyone signed it, since the beauty of the countryside, like child health or world peace, is a theme that strikes a chord. A fortnight later, these same people were asked to put up a board on their lawn: ‘Drive carefully’. Almost half agreed to do so, whereas the figure would have been much lower if they had not signed the petition. In fact, they had made the first step and then took part in an action. The participants deemed themselves infused with civic spirit, and loyal to their principles [p 52]
      • I think this is a way to reduce dimensions and as such reduce distance to make it easier to follow.
    • I’m wondering if there is some kind of sentiment analysis that can tell how much mutual support is going on in a community, and if it’s reactionary or progressive. This would be in addition to the amplitude and variance measures for beliefs in the community.
    • Hbase needs to connect to port 9000. Add this to hbase/conf/hbase-site.xml
      <configuration>
       <property>
       <name>hbase.cluster.distributed</name>
       <value>true</value>
       </property>
       <property>
       <name>hbase.rootdir</name>
       <value>hdfs://localhost:9000/hbase</value>
       </property>
      </configuration>
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