Thank you, Scott (Remarks on positive-feedback)

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Otis Brown, Jul 24, 2004.

  1. Otis Brown

    Otis Brown Guest

    Dear Scott,

    I read your post on "positive feedback".

    You are a good writer -- and you professional
    background shows in the clarity of the post.

    As alwys, I take this as a pleasant intellectual
    journey.

    It is clear that "raw" experimental data shows
    that the refractive status changes in the direction
    and general magnitude of the applied minus lens.

    But I certainly agree that (at the present time)
    the knowledge can not be translated into effective
    prevention -- except with respect to the most
    motivated of pilots.

    I would like to "teach" a course to entering
    students at a four year college on this
    subject -- not that they would take any action -- only
    that the would have one year to inform theselves
    of the potential for the preventive method.

    I do not think a "preventive" study should be conducted
    as a "blind" study -- and given the Internet, I would
    not take long for the students to figure it out any way.

    If you want to simplify and end advocacy for prevention,
    you should consider giving the person the "lead" to
    do this work under his conditions. At very worst,
    he would "fail" and that would be the end
    of the effort.

    Under the circumstance that we have highly motivated
    pilots -- who know what they are doing -- and why
    they are doing it, I think a degree of success
    could be achieved. I certainly agree that
    I would never get into a tug-of-war with an
    OD about this issue.

    I think the pilot must be intellectually srong
    enough to "do it himself", if it comes to that,
    in much the manner that other pilots have
    cleared their vision on my site.

    If you have a successful method, then you
    should seek to expand the method of others
    who have similary itense motivation -- from
    the 20/40 level.

    The explicit experimental data can suggest
    what might be possible -- but it can
    never force anyone to do the work
    that is necessary.

    Best,

    Otis
    Engineer
     
    Otis Brown, Jul 24, 2004
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