Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; (D&C 98:10)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Sapience versus Sentience

I used to think sentient meant what sapient means. I am not sure have heard sapient before today.
"Sentience," the noun form of "sentient," frequently heard in science fiction and fantasy, means the ability to perceive individual experiences. According to the Miriam-Webster Dictionary, the exact definition is: 
sentient: 1: responsive to or conscious of sense impressions 2: AWARE 3: finely 
sensitive in perception or feeling 
"Sapience," noun of sapient, is the ability to think, and to reason.
It may not seem like much a difference, but the ability to reason is tied more closely to sapience than to sentience. Most animals are sentient, (yes, you can correctly say your dog is sentient!) but only humans are sapient.
For further reading on the difference, check out these articles:
Wikipedia SapienceWikipedia SentienceAskDefine Sentience (of particular interest is the user-contributed dictionary)
AskDefine Sapience 
("The Word Box: Sapience vs. Sentience", Rebekkah Niles)

Why are Tariff's Are Bad for Economies

Tariffs are a sales tax. The more expensive steel is the more expensive are any of the things made from it. Pretty simple.

See "Steel Yourselves" by The Editors, National Review

Roosevelt slapped an embargo, effective October 16, “on all exports of scrap iron and steel to destinations other than Britain and the nations of the Western Hemisphere.” ("How U.S. Economic Warfare Provoked Japan’s Attack on Pearl Harbor" By Robert Higgs)
An embargo is like a super high tariff.


[Trump's] decision may put regions and states at an economic disadvantage, in at least two additional ways.
retaliatory tariffs from other countries on key American export industries
ripple effects of higher prices for steel and aluminum imports
("How Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs could affect state economies", Max Bouchet and Joseph ParillaTuesday, March 6, 2018)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Putting Mass Shootings in Perspective

How likely are you to be killed by a mass shooting? You are more likely to die choking on food.

("The Puzzling Media Obsession With Mass Shootings" Forbes, 22 Nov 2017)

"The rate of violent crime in schools dropped significantly over a recent 18 year stretch ending in 2010" ("The U.S School Shooting Statistics Everyone Should Know", Campus Safety Magazine, 6 Dec 2017)