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Friday, February 7, 2020

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(An excerpt from the full description of my path)
(I) Teaching
(A) Groups
5th-graders; 6-th graders; 7-th graders; 8-th graders; 9-th graders; 10-th graders; 11-th graders; 12-th graders; 2-year college students; 4-year college students; university students; school teachers; school administrators; district administrators.
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Physics for Engineers (two semesters); Elementary Physics (two semesters); algebra, geometry; trigonometry; formal logic; problem solving; group theory (discreet and continuous); methods for teaching science courses; methods for advancing individual teaching practice; managing innovations in education (initiation, implementation, growth, support, assessment, audit).
(II) Managing/Consulting
Assistant to Director of an Institute; Director of Department of computerization and information technologies; Director of Center for Development of City School system; member or a team, leader of a group of consultants for schools and school districts (initiation, implementation, growth, support, assessment, audit of innovations in education).
(III) Learning
graduated from schools with high GPA; participated in a wide range of extracurricular activities; developed personal approach to teaching (flipped the classroom before the approach was described in publications); published papers on various aspects of advancing education; converted publications into PhD theses and then found an adviser; moved to a country without knowing the language; learned the language; learned how to teach using foreign language; started publishing in foreign language.

P.S. A large portion of my ideas come to me while I am in traffic or in a swimming pool. During the day there is not often much of a time to formalize them in a fashionable way. Most of my post are written in one seating as a raw flaw of thoughts. This blog is the best I can do. Well, so far - let's wait for retirement (and the memoir! ). However, I welcome anyone who would like to coauthor a piece and transform it from my "singing as you go" to a fashionable publishable form - polish statements, new points, references, ... . And also, if someone would find in any of my posts a useful idea and used it, I would appreciate a reference to the original.
(C) Education Advancement Professionals consulting services

We, Humans, are the only anti-entropic force in the whole Universe! Everyone has to do his/her part in fighting chaos! That's why the Universe crated us.
From On the Definition of AI
"This is what teachers can do! From the NASA's "Brief History of Rockets"
“In 1898, a Russian schoolteacher, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935), proposed the idea of space exploration by rocket. In a report he published in 1903, Tsiolkovsky suggested the use of liquid propellants for rockets in order to achieve greater range. Tsiolkovsky stated that the speed and range of a rocket were limited only by the exhaust velocity of escaping gases. For his ideas, careful research, and great vision, Tsiolkovsky has been called the father of modern astronautics.”

What is the difference between an expert and a professional?
A professional does what is needed to be done.
An expert explains - why.  
How do people become professionals?
By accumulating professional experience.
How do people become experts?
By reflecting on accumulated professional experience.                                                        

A Master is an expert professional.

My Mentors taught me a secret of becoming a master teacher:
There are ONLY two rules for becoming a Master
1. Learn from the Masters;  
2. Never stop pushing yourself.

"In order to be able to think you have to risk being offensive" (From Jordan B. Peterson), because ability to take risk is correlated with curiosity (only curious people are capable of taking risk; people who play it safe have no curiosity and hence a vision). 

I am an "investigative blogger". I insert myself into a situation I study and then I expose all BS I found there (BTW: BS means "beyond sense-making). I  am not an idiot or a reckless person. I am a person who has strong opinions on matters (I believe U.S. needs more people like that, people who can lay out strong reasons for their statements and take a "blow" of a disagreement). The reason I can allow myself writing what I think, even if that is perpendicular to commonly adopted and conventional views, is that my financial situation is sufficient and stable. Of course, as a normal person, I wouldn't mind making more money, or being involved in more interesting projects (as described in my generic resume). But I do not have to pretend to be someone I'm not to make my living. I am aware of the fact that my chance to find many professionals with views similar to mine is slim. The demand for "professional correctness" is taken to such an extreme that it has become a demand for personal conformity. I believe in telling truth. Truth is facts. Facts are science. I believe in science. Facts can be upsetting or encouraging, but facts cannot be offensive. As a master in my field, I have no reservation to offer my critique of people whose actions overlap with the field of my expertise (human intelligence). I know (and fine with that) that the chance that my writing will have a significant effect is negligible. But the butterfly effect exists, so the chance is not exactly zero.

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The Playbook Republicans Use to Brainwash Americans Comes From the KGB

This "revelation" comes from Facebook. I am not the author, but just a "translator", I stumbled upon it .

First, the original text in Russian from a person who many decades ago was a student learning journalism. He explains how Propaganda works.

Then the same text in Google translation from Russian to English.

Click here to jump directly to the translation.

1. The original.

Я учился на журфаке МГУ, у нас была военная кафедра. В обстановке секретности нас учили боевой спецпропаганде — искусству сеять раздор в рядах противника с помощью дезинформации и манипуляции сознанием.
Страшное, доложу вам, дело. Без шуток.
Боевая, или «черная», пропаганда допускает любое искажение реальных фактов ради решения пропагандистских задач. Это эффективное оружие, используемое с единственной целью вышибания мозгов противнику.
Метод «гнилой селедки». Метод «перевернутой пирамиды». Метод «большой лжи». Принцип «40 на 60». Метод «абсолютной очевидности».
Все эти методы и техники вы тоже знаете. Просто не осознаете этого. Как вам и полагается.
Нас учили использовать техники боевой спецпропаганды против солдат армии противника. Сегодня они используются против мирного населения нашей собственной страны. Уже два года, читая российские газеты или просматривая телевизионные шоу, я с интересом отмечаю, что люди, координирующие в России вброс и интерпретацию новостей, явно учились по тому же учебнику, у того же бодрого полковника или его коллег.
Вот например метод «гнилой селедки». Работает так. Подбирается ложное обвинение. Важно, чтобы оно было максимально грязным и скандальным. Хорошо работает, например, мелкое воровство, или, скажем, растление детей, или убийство, желательно из жадности.
Цель «гнилой селедки» вовсе не в том, чтобы обвинение доказать. А в том, чтобы вызвать широкое, публичное обсуждение его… НЕсправедливости и НЕоправданности.
Человеческая психика устроена так, что, как только обвинение становится предметом публичного обсуждения, неизбежно возникают его «сторонники» и «противники», «знатоки» и «эксперты», оголтелые «обвинители» и ярые «защитники» обвиняемого.
Но вне зависимости от своих взглядов все участники дискуссии снова и снова произносят имя обвиняемого в связке с грязным и скандальным обвинением, втирая таким образом все больше «гнилой селедки» в его «одежду», пока наконец этот «запах» не начинает следовать за ним везде. А вопрос «убил-украл-совратил или все-таки нет» становится главным при упоминании его имени.
Или, например, метод «40 на 60», придуманный еще Геббельсом. Он заключается в создании СМИ, которые 60 процентов своей информации дают в интересах противника. Зато, заработав таким образом его доверие, оставшиеся 40 процентов используют для чрезвычайно эффективной, благодаря этому доверию, дезинформации. Во время Второй мировой войны существовала радиостанция, которую слушал антифашистский мир. Считалось, что она британская. И только после войны выяснилось, что на самом деле это была радиостанция Геббельса, работавшая по разработанному им принципу «40 на 60».
Очень эффективен метод «большой лжи», который немного похож на «гнилую селедку», но на самом деле работает иначе. Его суть заключается в том, чтобы с максимальной степенью уверенности предложить аудитории настолько глобальную и ужасную ложь, что практически невозможно поверить, что можно врать о таком.
Трюк здесь в том, что правильно скомпонованная и хорошо придуманная «большая ложь» вызывает у слушателя или зрителя глубокую эмоциональную травму, которая затем надолго определяет его взгляды вопреки любым доводам логики и рассудка.
Особенно хорошо работают в этом смысле ложные описания жестоких издевательств над детьми или женщинами.
Допустим, сообщение о распятом ребенке за счет глубокой эмоциональной травмы, которую оно вызывает, надолго определит взгляды получившего эту информацию человека, сколько бы его потом ни пытались переубедить, используя обычные логические доводы.
Но особенно почитал наш бодрый полковник метод «абсолютной очевидности», дающий хоть и не быстрый, но зато надежный результат.
Вместо того чтобы что-то доказывать, вы подаете то, в чем хотите убедить аудиторию, как нечто очевидное, само собой разумеющееся и потому безусловно поддерживаемое преобладающим большинством населения.
Несмотря на свою внешнюю простоту, этот метод невероятно эффективен, поскольку человеческая психика автоматически реагирует на мнение большинства, стремясь присоединиться к нему.
Важно только помнить, что большинство обязательно должно быть преобладающем, а его поддержка абсолютной и безусловной — в ином случае эффекта присоединения не возникает.
Однако если эти условия соблюдаются, то число сторонников «позиции большинства» начинает постепенно, но верно расти, а с течением времени увеличивается уже в геометрической прогрессии — в основном за счет представителей низких социальных слоев, которые наиболее подвержены «эффекту присоединения». Одним из классических способов поддержки метода «абсолютной очевидности» является, например, публикация результатов разного рода социологических опросов, демонстрирующих абсолютное общественное единство по тому или иному вопросу. Методики «черной» пропаганды, естественно, не требуют, чтобы эти отчеты имели хоть какое-то отношение к реальности.
Я могу продолжать. Учили нас вообще-то целый год, и список методов довольно велик. Важно, однако, не это. А вот что. Методы «черной» пропаганды воздействуют на аудиторию на уровне глубоких психологических механизмов таким образом, что последствия этого воздействия невозможно снять обычными логическими доводами. «Большая ложь» достигает этого эффекта с помощью эмоциональной травмы. Метод очевидности — через «эффект присоединения». «Гнилая селедка» — за счет внедрения в сознание аудитории прямой ассоциации между объектом атаки и грязным, скандальным обвинением.
Проще говоря, боевая спецпропаганда превращает человека в зомби, который не только активно поддерживает внедренные в его сознание установки, но и агрессивно противостоит тем, кто придерживается иных взглядов или пытается его переубедить, пользуясь логическими доводами. Иначе, собственно, и быть не может. Все методы боевой спецпропаганды объединяет единая цель. Она заключается в том, чтобы ослабить армию противника за счет внесения в ее ряды внутренней розни, взаимной ненависти и недоверия друг другу.
И сегодня эти методы применяются против нас самих. И результат, к которому они приводят, ровно тот, для достижения которого они и были созданы. Только взаимная ненависть и внутренняя рознь возникают не в армии противника, а в наших домах и семьях.
Просто выйдите на улицу и посмотрите, как изменилась страна за последние три года. Мне кажется, против собственного населения боевая спецпропаганда работает даже эффективнее, чем против солдат противника.
Наверное, потому, что в отличие от солдат противника мирное население не может себя защитить.

P.S. Watching the Democrats fighting - Trump, each other - is like watching ducklings learning how to fly.

In four years I wrote dozens of dozens of publications on why the Democrats lost in 2016, what lessons they mus take from that loss, and how to win.

First on my original political blog: and then on this blog: on Politics page.


American Republicans are just Russian Bolsheviks ;


Disinformation - the new weapon of Republicans .

So, when Trump will be re-elected, feel free to read a post or two.

2. The Google translation of the Russian text on how Propaganda works.

I studied at the journalism department of Moscow State University, we had a military department. In an atmosphere of secrecy, we were taught combat special propaganda - the art of sowing discord in the ranks of the enemy with the help of misinformation and manipulation of consciousness.
A terrible thing, I’ll inform you. No kidding.
Combat, or “black” propaganda, allows any distortion of real facts for the sake of solving propaganda problems. This is an effective weapon used for the sole purpose of knocking out the brains of an adversary.
The method of "rotten herring." The “inverted pyramid” method. The "big lie" method. The principle of "40 to 60". The method of "absolute evidence."
You also know all these methods and techniques. You just don’t realize it. As you should be.
We were taught to use the techniques of combat special propaganda against soldiers of the enemy army. Today they are used against the civilian population of our own country. For two years now, reading Russian newspapers or watching television shows, I have noted with interest that the people who coordinate the stuffing and interpretation of news in Russia have clearly studied from the same textbook, from the same peppy colonel or his colleagues.
Here's an example of a rotten herring method. It works like that. A false accusation is being selected. It is important that it be as dirty and scandalous as possible. Well, for example, petty theft, or, say, child molestation, or murder, preferably out of greed.
The purpose of the “rotten herring” is not to prove the accusation. But to cause a wide, public discussion of it ... Injustice and Injustice.
The human psyche is designed in such a way that as soon as the accusation becomes the subject of public discussion, its “supporters” and “opponents”, “experts” and “experts”, unbridled “accusers” and ardent “defenders” of the accused will inevitably arise.
But regardless of their views, all participants in the discussion again and again pronounce the name of the accused in conjunction with a dirty and scandalous accusation, thus rubbing more and more “rotten herring” into his “clothes” until finally this “smell” begins to follow him everywhere . And the question “killed, stolen, seduced or not” becomes the main one when mentioning his name.
Or, for example, the 40 by 60 method invented by Goebbels. It consists in the creation of mass media, which 60 percent of their information gives in the interests of the enemy. But, having thus earned his trust, the remaining 40 percent is used for extremely effective, thanks to this trust, disinformation. During World War II, there was a radio station that the anti-fascist world was listening to.
It was believed that she was British. And only after the war it became clear that in fact it was Goebbels radio station, working on the principle of "40 to 60" developed by him.
The "big lie" method is very effective, which is a bit like a "rotten herring", but actually works differently. Its essence is to offer the audience such a global and terrible lie with the maximum degree of confidence that it is almost impossible to believe that you can lie about that.
The trick here is that a properly composed and well-conceived “big lie” causes a deep emotional trauma for the listener or viewer, which then determines his views for a long time, contrary to any arguments of logic and reason.
False descriptions of cruel bullying of children or women work especially well in this sense.
For example, a message about a crucified child due to the deep emotional trauma that it causes will for a long time determine the views of the person who received this information, no matter how much they try to convince him later, using ordinary logical arguments.
But our peppy colonel especially revered the method of "absolute evidence", which, although not a quick, but reliable result.
Instead of proving something, you present what you want to convince the audience as something obvious, taken for granted and therefore unconditionally supported by the overwhelming majority of the population.
Despite its outward simplicity, this method is incredibly effective, because the human psyche automatically responds to the majority opinion, trying to join it.
It is only important to remember that the majority must be predominant, and its support is absolute and unconditional - otherwise the effect of accession does not arise.
However, if these conditions are met, then the number of supporters of the “majority position” begins to gradually but steadily grow, and over time it increases exponentially, mainly due to representatives of low social strata who are most susceptible to the “accession effect”. One of the classic ways to support the method of “absolute evidence” is, for example, the publication of the results of various types of sociological surveys that demonstrate absolute social unity on a particular issue.
The methods of “black” propaganda, of course, do not require that these reports have at least some relation to reality.
I can go on. In fact, they taught us a whole year, and the list of methods is quite long. Important, however, is not this. And here is what.
The methods of "black" propaganda affect the audience at the level of deep psychological mechanisms in such a way that the effects of this exposure cannot be removed with the usual logical arguments. The “big lie” achieves this effect through emotional trauma. The method of evidence is through the “attachment effect”. “Rotten Herring” - due to the introduction of a direct association between the target of the attack and the dirty, scandalous accusation in the minds of the audience.
Simply put, military special propaganda turns a person into a zombie who not only actively supports the installations introduced into his consciousness, but also aggressively opposes those who hold different views or try to convince him, using logical arguments. In fact, it cannot be otherwise. All methods of combat special propaganda are united by a single goal. It consists in weakening the enemy’s army by introducing into its ranks internal discord, mutual hatred and distrust of each other.
And today, these methods are used against ourselves. And the result to which they lead is exactly the one for which they were created. Only mutual hatred and internal strife do not arise in the enemy army, but in our homes and families.
Just go outside and see how the country has changed over the past three years. It seems to me that combat special propaganda works even more effectively against its own population than against enemy soldiers.
Probably because, unlike enemy soldiers, civilians cannot defend themselves.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

How Americans Kill Their Own Progress

There is one psychological trait millions of Americans share that greatly affects the American progress - in a highly negative way.

That common psychological trait is a hatred toward standards.

Economic and social progress is impossible without standardization.

Standardization means a unification of meanings and/or actions.

This process is always based on a gradual building of a consensus (i.e. a standard of thinking) regarding what things or words or symbols mean, or what steps or actions should be used for achieving a specific (commonly accepted – as another consensus) goal, and in what order those steps should be taken.

Without standardization (of the meaning of sounds and symbols) there would be no languages, and no translations.

Without standardization (of the measure of a value) there would be no money, no currency, no currency exchange.

Standardization in science and engineering has led to the development of metrology and to the designing of the Hadron Collider and the MKS.

Standardization of actions has led to the development of the conveyor belt, of the logistics, of the LASIK.

Every element of a human progress is based on certain standardization.

A hatred towards standardization leads to a strong social force against progress.

And yet millions of Americans hate standards.

They hate this word, and they fight this word every time they meet it, they hear it, they read it.

Because every time when they meet it, they hear it, they read it –  they react to it like Pavlov’s dog reacts to a whistle – i.e. without thinking.

The word “a standard” immediately associates with rules, and rules are immediately associate with the “limits of my freedom”. And Americans don't allow anyone to limit their freedom.

That, of course, is a complete nonsense.

America is the country that has been known for the rule of law (at least until recently). The rule of law is what every American is proud of and bragging about.

By because many Americans are very poorly educated, they simply cannot connect in their minds such concepts like “standards”, “freedom”, “rules”, and “laws”.

And American ruling elite knows that, uses that for its own good, and makes sure it stays that way.

At least that part of the American ruling elite that recently acquitted Donald Trump (they call themselves “conservatives”).

And as I've been writing before, the opposite part of the American ruling elite is simply not smart enough, and not bold enough to offer any countermeasures.

The hatred towards standards has been and is being deliberately nurtured and propagated by a certain part of American ruling elite (“conservatives”).

This hatred towards standards helps American ruling elite to divide and conquer American society.

Every time when a certain standard, in a form of a regulation, is proposed, media controlled by so called “conservatives” starts brainwashing the population.

“We don't need that regulation, proposed by the enemies of our liberty, who want to take our freedom of doing wherever we want to do!”

And poor poorly educated Americans fall for that trick again and again and again.

They do not understand that the abscess of standards is a standard.

They do not understand that the absence of a specific regulation only means that another regulation is being applied (often – quietly, without an explicit indication). And those regulations tend to favor the very people who regulate those standards and regulations – the rich and already powerful.

The examples are numerous:

BTW: the absence of a common ideology is also a fake. The common ideology all those “conservatives” share and propel is dogmatism, usually in a form of a religion (Protestantism or Catholicism).

Protestantism – 48.9 % of Americans;
Catholicism – 23 % of Americans;
Atheism – 18.2 % of Americans.

Dogmatism demands taking “the elders” by their word, no doubts, blind following. And that works well on poor poorly educated Americans.

So-called “progressives” tend to administer “atheism”, but they do not really know what it is, they just reduce it to “the absence of God”.

Of course, there is a reason that the hatred towards standards is so widespread.

The #1 reason is the low educational level of the masses. And there are two more fundamental reasons besides the first one.

Those two reasons can be stated in the form of two general laws:

1) Any idea, any approach when it is taken to its extreme becomes its own opposite.


2) Any good idea can be compromised by its poor implementation.

Simply saying – nothing is perfect, not even a seemingly perfect idea (“communism”, “capitalism”, “paradise”); every idea has its own limits, and beyond those limits it starts working against itself, against its own idea.

The idea of standards and standardization has been taken to its extreme and was compromised by its poor implementation.

In politics, taking the idea of standardization to its extreme leads to a dictatorship.

An example of a poor implementation of standardization is the development and implementation of the Common Core standards.

Such examples of “bad standardization” are being used to smear the whole idea of it.

It's like finding one bad apple and saying – we have to dump the whole harvest!

This is why the hatred towards standards, rules, laws is dragging America down. It's like a chain on its feet. It builds a psychological barrier to developing new social solutions to the challenges America faces.

The world, as well as the problems and challenges, has become so much complicated, complex and interconnected that many of those problems and challenges simply cannot be solved anymore on a local level. They require global participation – systemic and systematic.

The evolution of every complex and open system is, in a way, similar to the evolution from an amoeba to a human body. This evolution is simply impossible without a certain processes of standardization.

For example – the development of a standard code for encrypting all the information about a system (a body) in a single molecule (BTW: a DNA).

And for a society, those standards have a name – we call them “laws”.

However, laws are only as good as people who develop them.
And laws are only as effective as people who decide to follow them.

When more and more people decide not to follow laws – that really demonstrates that a society is approaching a phase-transition state; it's not about people, it's about the fact that the current laws do not satisfy anymore the majority of people, and, hence, have to be replaced, or at least adjusted.

This is the phase we are observing now in America, and all around the world.

In this phase, fighting against laws/regulations/standards is simply not enough – it's not going to do any good.

The fight needs to be for new laws/rules/regulations/standards.

But the new laws/rules/regulations/standards require new people who have a new vision, new knowledge, new capabilities and new ideas, and so far these people are simply absent.

This is why, so far, Americans keep killing their own progress.

They do it by rejecting an idea of standards (of living, for example), and by following the standard politics of the past.