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Archive for the 'Human Condition' Category

Eric Bangeman reports for Ars: How did we get here? A brief history of the evolution vs. creationism debate. I'm looking forward to the Cosmos show on Fox.

Nye vs. Ham

Creation Debate Recap: Bill Nye Invites Us to Explore the World, Ken Ham Does Not But what struck me more than anything about the debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye was the very different posture each took toward the pursuit of knowledge and the virtue of curiosity. More than once, Bill Nye addressed the […]

The Upside of Failure

I once told Carey that Natalie had to "learn to fail." She reacted strongly at the time, basically telling me that I was stupid, and what did I know about failing at anything? I've learned a lot about failing, and it's important to learn to fail. You can't learn how to avoid future failures if […]

I don't understand the "I'm not vaccinating my child" position.

The NSA: An Inside View reminds me of the conversations I've had with my wife about liberties, storing emails, etc. She has said "They can keep and read all my emails, I don't care. I'm not doing anything wrong and I'm boring." I'm more on the side of don't talk to the police (though not […]

Kids These Days

"We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self control." - Inscription, 6000 year-old Egyptian tomb "When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and […]

Science in Schools

Science education vs. high-profile ignorance | Ars Technica In what passes for political discourse in the US these days, state school board hearings provided citizens with the opportunity to accuse the new standards of being simultaneously fascism and socialism. The Courier-Journal quotes a Baptist minister as saying, "Outsiders are telling public school families that we […]

Slowing Down Time

When you're old, things seem to rush by. Why? Possible answer: because we stop learning. It’s simple: if you want time to slow down, become a student again. Learn something that requires sustained effort; do something novel.

Steve Jobs did it. Einstein supposedly did it. Even Charlie Brown did it. So did this woman, for a year, and she wrote about it.

I've never cared for the "everyody wins" nature of modern youth sports, and I care quite a bit less for the fact that girls are excluded from sport by way of people looking down on them competing as if it's not "lady-like" or some such nonsense. This article explores the link between successful women and […]

Josh Kaufman is the author of the #1 international bestseller, 'The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business', as well as the upcoming book 'The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything.' Josh specializes in teaching people from all walks of life how to master practical knowledge and skills. In his talk, […]

There are some particularly good letters among the tens published by ESPN.

McDonald's Theory I use a trick with co-workers when we're trying to decide where to eat for lunch and no one has any ideas. I recommend McDonald's. An interesting thing happens. Everyone unanimously agrees that we can't possibly go to McDonald's, and better lunch suggestions emerge. Magic! This is often why brainstorming works. The goal […]

NBA player Jason Collins says he is gay, and the fact that this rates as news shows just how far behind we are where we should be when it comes to this kind of stuff. This kind of stuff will not be news in 20 years. Hopefully it won't be news in ten, or five. […]

a show :: thoughts on the creative career This applies to more than the creative career, though as Ze points out, it probably doesn't apply to being a surgeon. A golf instructor, though, would qualify. As Nike used to say: just do it.