Thursday, January 17, 2008

In search of Knowledge

School of Athens by Raphael



Okay, most of you first time visitors already know me so no need for intros.

However those who don't I welcome you too. I have found it necessary to form a separate blog purely for the purpose of exchanging knowledge on matters mostly academic. This is not the village. This is a villager's attempt at getting educated so in here I will try to bury the villager in me and learn the white man's methods.

As a full time student, I am majoring in, I don't know what ( I actually know) but I am at the stage of fulfilling all my general eds and its in these that I would like to have an exchange of ideas with similar or advanced students.

I am not going to focus on any particular subjects. I will simply put out queries or questions that I find intriguing and hope some of you out there can share what you have from your own learning experiences. Anyone with similar academic queries is free to post them and who knows, some one else's take on the issue may make it easier to understand. Its a pity we cannot do much with math because of the scripting, that is a subject I would have loved to explore more than anything. I expect to exchange lots of ideas in philodophy, French, history, sociology, psychology, Law etc.
I also see it as a place one can toy with the specialties non related to their major. For example I would like to know about the learning processes of Lawyers and if their education literary teaches them how to lie and use language to confuse others. Also, I want to know from those in the medical field if they acquire bad handwritting deliberately to confuse patients.

I would also like to see this site chart the educational progress of myself and others. It would be nice to look at previous posts and see how far one may have come academically.

I choose to form a blog site because forming a real live study group is close to impossible for me right now and yet we all know that one learns alot more by interracting with others. And also I happen to have an almost unquenchable thirst for learning so a blog will be alot of help.

Also I having become addicted to the net, I may just as well do something more constructive there than just hang out in the village and chatter full time.

So please, please feel free to share your academic knowledge, study tips and anything related to academics.

15 comments:

Soila. said...

Ok so I have beef with you since you didnt even care to inform me about this blog...

Moving on,
I absolutely love the idea of an Academic Blog. Like you said, maybe we can get to exchange ideas and views and learn from each other... I have come to realise there so much to learn from one another from blog's such as C1's, Yan's, Sid's, Casper's, Miriam's etc etc...

Moving on to more important issues,
As you already know, my interests are in International Relations/Law and Aviation so maybe I'll be posting some questions and ideas on matters in those fields...

All in all, This was very clever of you.

Soila. said...

My first issue:
The US is known to be a NO TORTURE zone but, suspects seized abroad have been taken to third countries, not for trial, but for interrogation and possible torture.

1. What are people's feelings on this (using other countries as torture bases)?

2. Is anyone in favour of Torture as a means of getting answers out of suspects??? (Support your response please)

3. Feelings of these clandestine renditions between the US and these 2nd or even 3rd countries govts.

Grata said...

The idea came about last night after midnight, and you were dreaming at that time. So though I would surprise you in the morning.
Good questions on American policy. The answers would be best heard from Americans I guess. Some one like TBT more throw some good light on them.

Falone said...

If someone can tell me the real reason why doctors have poor penmanship, I'd really like to know. Because, seriously, 90% of the time as a pharmacist is deciphering what the HELL he/she prescribed people. And people and their insurance companies. Is that actuary? I don't know. But I know, as a pharmacist, I will contact insurance companies on a daily basis, and will get blamed about the cost of medication. Pharmacists do not set the price. Insurance companies set the price, and pharmacists sell it to you.

/End rant lol.

Grata said...

"But I know, as a pharmacist, I will contact insurance companies on a daily basis, and will get blamed about the cost of medication. Pharmacists do not set the price. Insurance companies set the price, and pharmacists sell it to you".

Good to see you back Falone,

I was beginning to think the feverhad knocked you out.

I thought pharmacists and doctors where in some conspiracy together because if the Doctor writes like a chicken to some one and this keeps going on then the person on the receiving end must be comprehending the scratchings.
And now you throw that theory out of the window. I hope we can get a medic in .
Angella we are waiting for you.

Siditty said...

Falone the whole writing prescriptions down thing will disappear soon. I used to be an Account Manager for a PBM (Caremark) they got electronic ish now. That will get rid of that bad writing mess LOL

Grata said...

"Falone the whole writing prescriptions down thing will disappear soon. I used to be an Account Manager for a PBM (Caremark) they got electronic ish now. That will get rid of that bad writing mess LOL"

Just wait and see the medics find their way around the technology to screw up the text.

Falone said...

Grata,

I am alive and well. It's the last couple of days in RI, before I get back to school (classes start Wednesday), and I've been trying to get back to 100%, and pack.

Siditty,

Caremark... CVS... they've been doing some good stuff, especially with the old-people friendly labels (at least that's what my Intro to Pharmacy Practice professor said lol).

And my doctor has been using this computer program that types out everything, I really, really like it. It's way better, especially when you have a senior citizen with thirteen scripts, and they're written out in either chicken scratch, or loopy script.

Oh! And I had to do a job shadowing at a hospital pharmacy, and they have a computer program where the doctor enters the script which is sent directly into the pharmacy lab to be filled. But there's still issues with doctors writing in, like, 200 mg instead of 20, and such. Human error is inevitable, but it DOES cause problems.

Grata said...

"But there's still issues with doctors writing in, like, 200 mg instead of 20, and such. Human error is inevitable, but it DOES cause problems".

Falone,

I bet that is how they overdozed Denis Quaid's baby twins at Cedar Sinai.

Grata said...

"3. Feelings of these clandestine renditions between the US and these 2nd or even 3rd countries govts".

Soila,

On a realted topic, I just learnt that since most countries in Europe do not have the death penalty they are always reluctant extradite capital offence suspects to the US unless it is guarantedd that they won't be killed if found guilty.

So these third world countries I suspect are overwhelmed by the power of the US.
And how many of those leaders do care much about their own people much less foreigners being dragged aroung by the US?

Sorry no real sources to quote just opinion.

Grata said...

"Moving on to more important issues,
As you already know, my interests are in International Relations/Law and Aviation so maybe I'll be posting some questions and ideas on matters in those fields".

Alright Soila,

I have been meaning to talk to you about these Aviation ambitions.
What's up with that? Why do you want to fly?

Okay I am abit biased because I lost a very close friend in the Kenya Airways crash in Abijan a few years back. Then before I came over, my village mate and childhood friend was shot down while flying in the Congo.

So miss, what is the deal here?

Soila. said...

Grata sd:
"Alright Soila,

I have been meaning to talk to you about these Aviation ambitions.
What's up with that? Why do you want to fly?

Okay I am abit biased because I lost a very close friend in the Kenya Airways crash in Abijan a few years back. Then before I came over, my village mate and childhood friend was shot down while flying in the Congo.

So miss, what is the deal here?"


Ok, call this weird... My High School Best Friend's sis was one of the FA's on the Abijan KQ flight.

2. I am gonna fly for NGO's... Relief Orgs. AMREF, UNICEF the likes so I will be flying to war torn areas and the chances of being blown up mid air are extremely high...
I have to do it (fly) though... I will be miserable if I dont do it... Got my PPL in Nairobi... Will start on my CPL end of this year.

Dont think you'll be able to talk me out of it... My mum and dad already tried... It didnt work... My mum even refused to pay for my CPL when I told her I wont fly commercial... I told her I would hook for the money to pay for it so she agreed. They said they wont come to my funeral if I die flying... Oh well.

Grata said...

"Dont think you'll be able to talk me out of it... My mum and dad already tried... It didnt work... My mum even refused to pay for my CPL when I told her I wont fly commercial... I told her I would hook for the money to pay for it so she agreed. They said they wont come to my funeral if I die flying... Oh well".

Soila,

Alright then. If you die doing that then I guess you will die happy.

My friend was from Burundi,was your friend from Burundi?

Soila. said...

No my friend is Kenyan.

Falone said...

I bet that is how they overdozed Denis Quaid's baby twins at Cedar Sinai.

I heard about that story. Exactly!!