User talk:John Bessa
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Middle School Science 
I remember taking a look at Middle School Science a while ago. I agree that you might want to split off the scientific method information to a subpage. Or perhaps some of the article news or preamble. In general, as a single page begins to grow in length it makes sense to me to create subpages for major sections to keep the material organized. It is also possible to create a navigation box to tie the subpages together. See Template:Recovery psychology for an example. But, decisions on page organization are really up to you. These are just suggestions. I'll take a closer look at the page, and put it on my watchlist.
One thing I'm unclear on - are the links to google docs (ie. ) pages that you created? Do you have plans to start similar pages here at wv? I'm not sure where I could help out if much of the material is off-site.
Let me know if there are any astonomy topics that you might be interested in collaborating on. I also have an interest in meteorology. I'll be working on some weather station pages over the next few months.
- Ok, I understand now. (about the copyright) We have a few pages on Moodle but they do not appear to be active. There is also a stub for Dokeos which looks like it has some interesting features. --mikeu talk 17:11, 30 January 2009 (UTC)
steward election 
Hi John Bessa. I hope I'm understanding you correctly in that your main objection to WV:NOT is the advocacy clause. Would you feel comfortable supporting the policy with that clause removed? See Wikiversity_talk:What_Wikiversity_is_not#Still_no_consensus_due_advocacy_clause for details. --SB_Johnny talk 12:27, 13 February 2009 (UTC)
Trolling is a real phenomena. Calling people troll is offensive, but denying the phenomena of trolling exists and is a real problem is a major mistake. See meta:What is a troll?. --Piotrus 21:23, 17 February 2009 (UTC)
A song for you... 
By happenstance, I've written a song about empathy.
You wrote a kind note to me, and looking at your profile and then your thinman.com page on empathy...well, sometimes there are strange coincidences in this universe...
Now I have to remember that song:
No matter where the problem's from
There's empathy. (ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh)
Turning away ugly fears
There's really no reason for
Hypocracy. (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Learning to love the others that's
Democracy. (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Learning to be free from your fears
We'd not even be hear but for empathy
Learning to learn the others that's
Democracy (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Well, you get the gist...have to rummage through my notes to find the rest of the song.
Best wishes to you, and thank you for the note,
TWFred 02:05, 20 February 2009 (UTC)
Welcome back 
|Data||7. Application||Network process to application|
|6. Presentation||Data representation and encryption|
|5. Session||Interhost communication|
|Segment||4. Transport||End-to-end connections and reliability|
|Packet||3. Network||Path determination and logical addressing|
|Frame||2. Data Link||Physical addressing|
|Bit||1. Physical||Media, signal and binary transmission|
Good to see you back on the scene here, John. I read the Empathy paper. Nice. Especially the part about the congruency of Maslow's hierarchy of needs and the OSI model. Nice! --CQ 02:01, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
The idea of layers, or levels 
This text is from writing about my learning from working in theraputic environments
Tying together ideas so apparently different was helped by my information engineering background; I adapted the abstract concept of "network layering" that links different abstract approaches to Internet communications. The different layers describe all the various aspects of network communication abstractly ranging from the user's applications, through addressing and routing protocols to a physical layer that describes the wires and electrons. For every interaction on the Internet, each layer is utilized and they all work towards the same purpose but each layer describes, abstractly, a different aspect of the communication linking process. Empathy, as emotional communication, can likewise be described in layers as every empathic action has many facets, perhaps even more than Internet communications protocols. Immediately apparent is an idea of scale that follows each aspect of an emotional communication from birth of ideas and emotions within individuals at the neural level that are communicated through expressions, to the wider reaching effects that these communications have on social relationships, and even society.
This adaption of network layering helps me conceive of how every emotional communication event "hits" on every level. In the education of children, for instance, happy emotions "hit" their surrounding world through positively constructive activities because they spring forth from healthy neurons. It is entirely misleading to think of any empathic event in isolation. Empathy is what the world needs more of, and on a worldly scale, empathy is the most profoundly human concept.
Now that is something I can discuss. I have two tube amps, a Sherwood stereo receiver with lots of noise coming from old (and rare) tubes; and an AMI jukebox amp from the 40s that uses generic 6L6 tubes, but has hanging wires.
Hifi discussion moved here.
I am a photographer, so much of today was spent setting up a printer. I will upload pictures of my two, actually four, and soon to be five, amps--like rabbits! Then I think I will make a HiFi class/article/page for tubes, which I think is fair because the "golden age" of sound preceded solid state, just as the automotive Renaissance preceded fuel injection, and even safety glass! Then I will have to order books for my counseling classes. On that topic, I have a friend who wants to make a movie in an abandoned but accessable mental hospital, read tub-fulla-blud! Do I have material for him! Mengle was not the only sick bastard, not by a long shot. Watson is well-known and the present day psych-types rationalize is sadism with children in terms of zeitgeist.--JohnBessatalk 20:32, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
Intuition on the Collowuium 
Thank you for your reply. If you looked some through my talk-page then you might have gotten an idea where my stand in my statement on the colloquium came from. I would like to go through my statement with you because as I have seen on the 'google docs' my wording seems to be important to understand what I am saying. You left some important parts out, which changed the meaning. I also would like to find out what collaboration means on Wv. All my attemps to find an satifactory answer failed. So please don't worry about to pollute my talk page. We can carry on there if you will find the time. I would also like to find somebody to which I can talk to. Everybody (2 so far) simply stopped replying. So be warned.Martin Lenoar 06:34, 15 February 2011 (UTC)
I suggested converting the intellectual property (IP) argument into a seminar. The immediate reason is that I was apparently trashing the discussion process by preventing other edits, so I thought about my ideas about having editors work in separate sections to keep from stepping on each other's POV, or "world-views" as we use in psych. Then I realized how easy it would be to create a seminar where each participant puts his or her topic view into a sub-section, and then new sections are created by evaluating the input to that point.
Here is the section I started to create: Intellectual_property#Sampling_at_the_Wikiversity
Just to look at WP's reasons for success for a moment, I think its power is in that it introduced a unique concept: wiki mono-diet of encyclopedia pages where everything is an article, even discussion. What I think the WV needs is something similar: a mono-diet of learning -- every article (within reason) is lesson--a teachable moment.
This would work for IP, because IP is so subjective; we would not only come to consensus, everyone would get evaluated, and we could actually give grades. We could also require supporting material: citations. This would make us respected by the brick and mortar educators, which is something we desperately need. --JohnBessatalk 18:10, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
If you are looking at my discussion page (for what ever reason), seriously, please the OSI stack / Hierarchy of needs comparison above made by CQ after he read my CV. It is probably the most important thing in the social sciences today, and it originated right here on this talk page.--JohnBessatalk 15:04, 23 October 2011 (UTC)