Posted inCritical thinking

Being heard / Can you hear me now? 5

Reading Time: 4 minutes My plan was two posts about Facebook, but events keep running ahead of my little typing fingers. This is the second of a probable five-in-a-row about Facebook. I’ll start by describing an exchange in which I took my own advice pretty well, then continue with a couple of less successful efforts. A reminder: This series […]

Posted inCritical thinking, General

Silos / Can you hear me now? 3

Reading Time: 4 minutes There’s a natural and adaptive human tendency to cling to the familiar, to distrust difference. That worked well for millennia to keep us safe, but now it’s an unhelpful relic that fuels groundless fears and keeps [insert favorite fearmongering media villain here] afloat.  Most of us are surrounded by friends who think like us, who reinforce […]

Posted inCritical thinking, Death & Dying

International Day of Peace 2009

Reading Time: 3 minutes (A revised and updated post from September 2007.) War is most often unnecessary, ineffective, immoral, or all three. Discuss. Let’s define necessary as “something essential; something that cannot be done without,” and effective as “something that accomplishes its stated objectives.” I believe war most often fails to meet both of these criteria. It’s usually unnecessary, […]

Posted inCritical thinking, Science

The All-American rollercoaster

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s been one of those rollercoaster weeks for fans of intelligence in the U.S. On Wednesday, we watched a US President deploying bone-crushing intelligence and rhetorical gifts in pursuit of progress in health care policy, one of the most pressing moral issues of our time. Now there’s this: New Charles Darwin film is ‘too controversial’ […]

Posted inCritical thinking, Science

Science from Giants

Reading Time: < 1 minute A big dino-roar to Kate Miller of Charlie’s Playhouse for tipping me off to an unbearably cool new thing for kids–a CD/DVD by the brilliant and unpredictable band They Might Be Giants called HERE COMES SCIENCE. The tracks: 1. Science Is Real 2. Meet the Elements 3. I Am a Paleontologist 4. The Bloodmobile 5. […]

Posted inCritical thinking

Nice label. What else ya got?

Reading Time: 2 minutes I found myself behind a home repairman’s van the other day. I don’t remember the company name, but I remember what was under it: an ichthys, or Jesus fish, followed by a tagline, like so: The FISH says it all! It’s not uncommon to see the Jesus fish on business cards, vehicles, signs and shop […]

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