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2011-03-10 21:53:16.52747+00 by meuon 2 comments

Failures of Groupness - This is a good article that discussed things I knew to be true, and have experienced, but did not know the words.

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#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-11 10:00:28.30611+00 by: stevesh

Good article, which helps to explain a recent experience I had when I joined a local sportsman's club. I had a lot of ideas, especially about expanding their service role in the local community.

Turned out we couldn't possibly do anything we hadn't done before, and if we had done it, we had to do it exactly the same way we did it then.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-03-10 23:55:58.236915+00 by: Dan Lyke

I recently participated in a long Facebook discussion with a college philosophy teacher about the value of peer review, and he said something about how peer review let him test his ideas without being "too sciencey". This sort of "acceptable ideas" notion is exactly my issue with a good portion of modern education, and I think a part of why big institutions are so susceptible to rigidity.

To be fair it's probably also endemic in small institutions, it's just that they never got big, and in failing early missed the notoriety.