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  • the fear of co-opting into a point of view
    • openness is the core idea that we are applying in the course
    • not trying to co-opt you into it, but are expecting you to deal with our message
  • fear of scratch
    • take a look at the programs that we've made
  • fear of incoherence
    • back to scratch to see nesson's program
    • a three hats thing
    • the idea is that we build up from scratch, the concept of what it means to build up in code
    • explanation of the three hats again,
      • if it was a white hat on our head, then we can see that one of the other players would figure it out because it would be easy for her.
      • so it can't be a white one on her head
    • now look at becca's version of the 3 hats problem in scratch
    • the core of coherence: programming in scratch. working up both in logic and in code. we won't be doing more in code, but keeping an understanding eye on the world that we're describing and understanding is built in code.
    • we get an idea of how the world we are studying works by getting our own sense of how code is put together
    • lessig's idea: code is law. an essence of an understanding that engineers have and lawyers often don't.
    • have faith in us. We are building up from simple ideas to a greater understanding. drawing our understanding up and out from the beginning.
  • scratch feedback and where to put your projects

Empathic Advocacy

  • What is a dispute? Psychologist Gilbert
    • We are much more aware of what we say and what provoked it than we are of what we did to provoke others
    • He does experiments where people go back and forth in conversations
      • Do you remember what you said? Yes
      • Do you remember what provoked you to say it? Yes
      • Do you remember what came after? Not so much
    • New experiment: two people are given instruction to respond with exactly the same as what is given to you.
      • did equal, it would not escalate
      • but people underestimate the shock that they are giving and overestimating the shocks that comes into them
      • we feel our own reasons and pains more than we can empathize with others
      • we believe our actions are justifiable responses to the actions of others
    • This leads to the escalation of mutual harm
  • We respond to things both emotionally and cognitively
      • but when they track the path of an incoming stimuli, it goes to the emotion center and then the emotional response comes to the brain together with the emotional response
      • we don't get to respond to it cognitively without the emotional response.
  • Third view of the Necker Cube
    • there is a third, three dimensional view of the necker cube. when see in two dimensions it is the two views
    • the third view shows that the two other views are composed as two opposing peaks.

Rodney King

  • How many have seen the video? Almost all
  • It is very hard to look at it. We have a strong emotional response.
  • Especially difficult to see the Rodney King video from the police point of view
  • An interpretive stance is an emotional point of view
  • If you are going to persuade someone you need to change their interpretive stance.
  • You need to reach them emotionally. You need to convince them that you understand what the world looks like from their point of view.
  • What we are about to see on the video is a production from Court TV, a documentary about the Rodney King case.
  • Court TV video
    • The video makes them look very guilty
    • Powell: 45 hits with a baton
    • Coon: the lead officer, wasn't hitting, most charges
    • Winn: 15 kicks
    • Bresenio: kicking
    • DA describes high-speed chase through LA night, stop King, with another person in the car
    • Halliday shoots video out of his window, we watch the whole thing. blurry, brutal. very hard to watch.
    • This is a new thing, people videoing evidence
    • I think it is best to just watch from here. Try to absorb the video.