Friday, August 23, 2013

[Yasmin_discussions] value systems

To All for discussion:

One of the perceived dividing lines for cultures and domains is with
value. We all value things differently. Often the values are not binary.
It is not that I don't like X and you do, but rather that we both like it,
but you like it more than I do (e.g., I might rank it with a 3 and you
might rank it with a 9 with 10 being the highest value).

About six months ago, I read "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People
are Divided by Politics and Religion". Even though politics and
religion are not our topic of discussion, the way in which Haidt presented
value systems was interesting and informative.

I know that my value system may be similar to some colleagues, and
very different from others. Even when looking at the same object or
experiencing the same event.

Categorical divisions may not be useful, or could be detrimental, but
as we debate, let us also talk about what we find most interesting.
What we value. We may pencil in different numbers on the scale.


Paul Fishwick, PhD
Distinguished Chair of Arts & Technology and Professor of Computer Science
The University of Texas at Dallas
Arts & Technology
800 West Campbell Road, AT10
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

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