KDE: Openness to experience

September 18, 2008

I have a long production release tonight.  That means dead spots where $someone is doing some $modification to some $device and Wade has $minutes to kill while waiting to see if that $task was $succesful.

I’m now watching a TED presentation by Jonathan Haidt on Moral Roots.  Not really here to discuss the political slant at the beginning of this talk; I try to avoid politics in this blog since it’s difficult to do without making enemies (translation: I end up getting condescending).

Jonathan lists out five foundations of morality based on his cross-discipline research:

  • Harm/care
  • Fairness/reciprocity
  • Ingroup/loyalty
  • Authority/respect
  • Purity/sanctity

From a political perspective, the talk is still interesting as he tries to pigeon-hole two political parties and generalize.

But back to the point, I’d like everyone to watch this speech to think in terms of our wiring that makes us contribute to KDE.  Maybe your bullet points of the primary components of morality are the same as his, but what commonalities do we have that makes us reject the authority of a near-ubiquitous computing environment and look for alternatives?  Do the same for each point.   The purity and sanctity  point with licensing and open code bases is a blog entry itself.  And how do we reach a common ground for those that are comfortable with what they know and use? (end of speech on creating dialogues)  Are some wired to the status quo?  Does this guy understand the difference between ethics and morality?  So many questions before I fall asleep at my keyboard.

Maybe this will all seem banal in the morning, but they’re pretty interesting right now at four in the morning when the alternative is discussing JVM heap settings.

One Response to “KDE: Openness to experience”

  1. __HRB__ Says:

    That was an interesting talk.

    Notice that as all five groups of morals can be explained by reasoning…


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: