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I'm a husband, father, and mechanical engineer at Hewlett-Packard. I support:

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Aug
27
revised At what age or developmental milestones is a child capable of critical thinking?
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Aug
27
comment At what age or developmental milestones is a child capable of critical thinking?
I agree that it's a complex issue and it may be beyond the scope of a single answer. As it stands though, your question doesn't say how any of the resources you provided are related to what I asked. Your answer may be fantastic, but I have no way of evaluating that.
Aug
25
answered Arguments for/against same birthday for siblings?
Aug
25
comment At what age or developmental milestones is a child capable of critical thinking?
+1 Excellent suggestion! I love this idea because it fundamentally challenges how I wanted to achieve this without requiring me to change my educational plans. I believe that this will make determining the transition age easier and likely help to teach my son the skills necessary in the first place. Assuming nothing better comes up, I'll accept this great answer.
Aug
25
comment At what age or developmental milestones is a child capable of critical thinking?
This is an interesting answer. Could you make it a bit more specific though? Including which of Lectica's tests are relevant and a brief summary of how those books pertain to the issue would make the info more useful. As it stands, this just lists somethings you say are topical even if they look promising.
Aug
24
comment At what age or developmental milestones is a child capable of critical thinking?
@DaveClarke I don't think all people reach these milestones; that's mainly why I offered them as an alternative measure to age.
Aug
24
comment At what age or developmental milestones is a child capable of critical thinking?
I do not know those development stages by that name. If they are possible to measure or estimate at home (something you don't need a psychologist for) that would be acceptable. For instance, if it's as complex as IQ, that wouldn't be acceptable, but something like the hierarchy of needs would be. Basically it needs to be useful to me in determining when my child is ready.
Aug
23
asked At what age or developmental milestones is a child capable of critical thinking?
Aug
18
comment How to teach children the difference between pets and vermin?
Your premise that she would be overrun with vermin if she wouldn't kill them is unrealistic for most locations. Live traps are certainly an option. That said, you probably can't do better than just explaining that they're dirty. It's factually accurate and is simple enough to be understood.
Aug
18
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Feb
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comment Bottle warmer with thermostat
FYI, it's a really simple thermodynamics and heat-transfer problem to calculate the final temperature of a substance given a known heat flux. Assuming you use the amount and temperature of milk listed in the directions and mix it well afterward, it should be accurate within a few degrees.
Feb
1
comment Is it okay to let a baby cry at bedtime?
@Guillaume I don't know how new it is; my attitude on the subject comes from my mother and maternal grandmother. It's honestly not that much work; the trick is to be smart and try to anticipate their needs. It's easier to just head the problem off rather than trying to end crying fits. The extra work can be exhausting at times, but my wife and I are both very hard working and try to help each other. What's wrong with working hard to raise your children? Not everything in life is easy.
Jan
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Dec
18
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
@Iterator Not actually devoted, myself, though I agree that many 'objectivists' seem to just hang on Ms. Rand's words like those of a religious figure. I happened to independently come to most of the same conclusions as she and I merely admire her formalization of the logic as well as the consistency of application of base principles to specific ideas. However, she was certainly wrong about homosexuals and I disagree with her lack of respect for romantic fidelity.
Dec
16
comment Reasoning vs “because I say so”
+1 I agree with you completely. I was never offered bribes and 90+% of the time, I had the reason explained to me at the time. I was told in advance that situations may arise where an explanation must wait until later and that if my parent insisted, just trust them and obey with the understanding that it will be explained as soon as it is safe/polite/etc.. My parents didn't abuse the 'tell you later' clause, had good reasons, and as a result, I willingly complied and rarely-to-never needed enforcement.
Dec
13
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
@Martha Sure, languages evolve but once a language is complex and subtle enough to work well, change should be fought to aid understanding across time. English and Greek are advanced enough to be frozen; this is exactly what dictionaries and reference grammars attempt to do. I consider altruism to be a moral imperative to place the good of others above one's own. Finally, I agree this is off topic, if you wish to continue, email may be more appropriate: My gmail is RWilliamGrobman.
Dec
13
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
@Martha Just look at the root of the word and the prefixal modifier; the rules of language, not history, prescribe meaning and even the person who coins a word can be wrong. However, I'm personally glad to be considered immoral and wicked by philosophies that consider faith and altruism virtues. I wouldn't object to applying those labels to myself with full context.