Friday, January 11, 2008

What Have You Changed Your Mind About?

Every year an entity called The Edge Foundation presents a question to intellectuals, scientists, celebrities, philosophers and educators.

The Edge Annual Question — 2008

When thinking changes your mind, that's philosophy.
When God changes your mind, that's faith.
When facts change your mind, that's science.


It strikes me as an important question teachers need to ask of their students. I see first year students asked to investigate a controversial issue who come in to the library already knowing what they believe--without evidence, without data, without experience, but with the faith that there are simple immutable answers which they really don't need to justify. This writing exercise is for them divorced from critical thinking, as everything is black or white, right or wrong, true or false. Such is the nature of first year students. What are we doing to push them beyond this simplistic view of the world? Maybe reading about how even the brainiacs of the world sometimes change their minds about big and small issues could be such a nudge to complex thinking. Besides they are fascinating reads.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

100+ Ways to Organize Your Life

I'm too busy getting organized. No blogging today.
100+ Ways to Organize Your Life

Friday, December 21, 2007

Ten Videos to Change How You View the World

These are 20-minute videos that destroy a lot of our common misconceptions, especially those "we're all going to hell in a handbasket" ones. A good way to start the new year--with hope.
Ten Videos

And this YouTube video is perhaps the most humorous personal epitaph ever 'written.' It is not maudlin. It is not meant to be emo. It's fascinating and maybe even inspirational.

Dying Professor's Last Lecture

Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch expects to die from cancer in a couple of weeks, so he delivered a hopeful last lecture on his life's lessons.

Have a great holiday. js

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Forget Presents--Transuming is the New Trend

Don't have a gift for your adult children. Not to worry. They don't want things; they want "experiences" --or of course the cash to buy the experiences.

"After all, in our Experience Economy, the temporary, the transient, is increasingly being valued if not worshipped on a daily basis."

Read this Trendwatchers article: Transumers

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas Without Snow

One of the listservs I read regularly is from the Poynter Institute's Peter Roy Clark, author of Writing Tools. He just sent this link from his blog--a YouTube video of his performance of a Christmas song from the heart of Florida. Might be something you want to forward to your Northern friends and relatives.
Christmas Without Snow.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007