Day 88/365

I somehow managed to dodge the rain and high winds to squeeze in my 5km, going off-road along some public footpaths (which made me appreciate what a good job my trail shoes do – shame I didn’t bring them), meeting lots of dogs. I might try and tackle the hill tomorrow.

Day 87/365 – Barnsley parkrun

My DOMS had just about eased off in time for parkrun, and it needed to as the Barnsley parkrun course involves three loops of a moderately hilly park. Just as with last year the distance was under 5km, so I left my GPS running through barcode scanning, jacket collection and the start of the walk back to the car park.

I finished 31st out of 147 parkrunners, was 1st lady (for the first time ever!) and therefore also first in my age category. Upholding the name of Bristol and West whilst on tour.

Day 84/365 – WISE Runners

A biggish group out with the WISE runners tonight. I went with the slower group and opted for 5x700m with 300m recovery. I managed to keep my times fairly consistent and finished first on the initial repetition, but not again until the fifth repetition (and only because I out-sprinted Carla when she wasn’t expecting it). The other three reps she had me and I was just hanging on.



Day 84/365

12 weeks of running at least 5k every day done. I was feeling strong after my Body Pump Express class and went off a bit fast for my 5km run home, but I was aware that I’ve got a track session tonight so tried to dial it back a little to leave something in my legs for that (though it was still a little fast).

DD303 – week 8

A slightly odd week in the psychology course. It featured details as to how to download the results of an experiment that we ran a few weeks ago and upload that data into SPSS, but officially those results weren’t supposed to be ready until the end of week 9 in two weeks (but they were up already). It’s all going to be used in the next assignment but there isn’t really any time blocked out in the schedule to write it (it’s a report), and we don’t study how to interpret the results until week 9. I’ve decided to go with running the SPSS results and writing up the method section of the report now, and writing the introduction which features the literature review next week which is blocked out as Spring break. I’ll have to wait until we’ve learned how to analyse the results before I can write the discussion and results sections, then after all of that can finally write the abstract (which starts the whole report). All a bit of a jumble.

Day 83/365

I was going to run along the railway path today for a bit of variety, but the cricket was on and the signal gives out a bit along there with the high sides, so it was out along the river again. The water was almost perfectly still, reflecting the blue sky in the sunshine. More signs of spring on the way in the vegetation.

A333 – week 24 – In defence of the rationality thesis?

I am still managing to keep a week ahead of schedule on my philosophy course and hope to steal an extra week over the Easter break so that I will have been able to read all of the final book before our final tutorial in the middle of April. This week continued looking at the rationality puzzle, this time taking apart the standard principle that humans are rational only if reasoning in accordance with logic, probability theory, etc. If we can reject the standard picture than we can resolve the rationality puzzle generated by experiments showing how people often don’t appear to reason in accordance with logic, probability theory, etc. No direct mention of Kahneman this week, though he was alluded to in Papineau’s recognition that we can reason in two ways: a fast, intuitive manner (which is often caught out by the rationality experiments); and a slow manner which utilises logic, probability theory, etc. But, since this is philosophy instead of psychology there was much arguing as to what constitutes rational reasoning, slicing and dicing it into some form of mush by the end, so that the rationality puzzle could be said to apply in only a small number of cases and even then we could train ourselves not to fall into its traps. So, yay?