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Celebrate Uncertainty

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If Connection is a Must for Learning, then Let’s Burn the Austen Books and Shakespeare Plays

Michael Caulfield writes as one of many “connectivist” advocates in education who place a high priority on the formation of social bonds in the classrom — what are often called “personal learning networks.” The amount and duration of connection in a class is seen as the indicator of its success. Caulfield uses connectivist ideas to [...]

Claims Of Omniscience Confuse Ignorance With Knowing It All

The only way of testing claims that the Christian god knows everything would be through the comparison of the god’s range of knowledge with the range of knowledge of another sentient being already known to be omniscient. However, even if we could find such a being, the test would unravel into immediately infinite absurdity. [...]

Measuring the World (Book Review)

Its dust jacket declares Daniel Kehlmann’s novel Measuring the World to be “this season’s The Name of the Rose“. I find a closer affinity between the German novel (translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway) and Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Eco’s The Name of the Rose and Kehlmann’s Measuring the World are [...]

Internet Research Can Help Medical Patients Comply

I were working in medicine, I’d be interested in ways to help patients to find appropriate sources of information on their own, rather than trying to restrict the flow of information to rushed office visits. [...]

Bank of America, Known Universe to Merge

A merger with the known universe isn’t as big a deal as it might have been before the Republicans ruined our educational system. [...]

Intercollegiate Studies Institute Civics Test Flunks Out

“Americans Don’t Know Civics,” flatly declares the USA Today headline. Agence France Presse and Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker dutifully follow suit, passing on the press release of the “Intercollegiate Studies Institute.” Americans are expected to recoil, recoil! at the following fact points:

More than 2/3 of those surveyed earned a failing grade on a [...]

All Those John Adams Quotes Still Apply

“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

“Fear is the foundation of most governments.”

“Power always thinks [...]