"When I get new evidence I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes
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- Stephen Brookfield & the Incremental Rhythm of Learning
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- "It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious." - Alfred North Whitehead
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- If, during the long course of ages and under varying conditions of life, organic beings vary at all in the several parts of their organization, and I think this cannot be disputed; if there be, owing to the high geometric powers of increase of each species, at some age, season or year, a severe struggle for life, and this certainly cannot be disputed; then, considering the infinite complexity of the relations of all organic beings to each other and to their conditions of existence, causing an infinite variety in structure, constitution, and habits, to be advantageous to them, I think it would be a most extraordinary fact if no variation ever had occurred useful to each being’s own welfare, in the same way as so many variations have occurred useful to man. But if variations useful to any organic being do occur, assuredly individuals thus characterized will have the best chance of being preserved in the struggle for life; and from the strong principle of inheritance they will tend to produce offspring similarly characterized. This principle of preservation, I have called, for the sake of brevity, Natural Selection. [Charles Darwin (1859) On the Origin of Species]
- “It is essential to such a government, that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion, or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans, and claim for their government the honorable title of republic.” James Madison
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Category Archives: humor
This came up on my Google+ feed. My first thought was, ‘smile for the cameras.’ All of ‘em
My hot tip of the day is: duckduckgo, the anonymous search engine one might use if privacy is a concern.
cartoonist: Chris Slane
This is my favorite from a post on tastefullyoffensive tumblr; and by all means visit the post for a slew of other classic matches.
Actual suggestions I encountered a few weeks ago on FB.
via Statista – great resource!
An actual book!
via Funny Or Die
Kizzy & Sonny
Idries Shah is the source for the dialog (and exposition) in this comic, but it was necessary to shift the subject matter a bit to repurpose its ‘learning function’ and attach it to a contemporary situation.
The reader likely will need to work a bit to tease out the subtle didactic aim of the exposition. The situation of the GOP stands in for all similar situations for which the actual mechanics of leading and following are willfully obscured and substituted with, and here’s the first hint, an idealization about different mechanics.
The subject matter is: the psychological problem of following leaders. What follows are some clues and only clues.
(1) David Corn writes about Project Groundswell, a group of conservative thought leaders working together to lead thoughts and improve followers’ reasons for following.
(2) The Impostor Syndrome: is when the pressure of knowing directly about one’s own faults undermines the effort to present one’s relatively faultless self to others. “If those suckers who worship me only knew what I know!”
(3) The extension of the story, The Emperor With No Clothes; so: what happens next to the followers?
Scott Adams’s Dilbert here replicates one of the classic learning forms given in Sufi teaching stories. There even is a common saying that covers this form: ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ The hidden aspect at the first level–in formal terms–concerns ‘features’ that come along for the ride, so-to-speak. In this instance, you get the head’s up about the downside of working hard, and the grim prospect comes along for the ride.
Dig deeper and this is also about one-sidedness and obsession. But, you didn’t ask about these!
In fact, it is only recently that most people survive long enough to encounter the unique maladies that “show up” in the territory of the long-lived.
The Evolution of Human Longevity from the Mesolithic to the Middle Ages: An Analysis Based on Skeletal Data
by Jesper L. Boldsen & Richard R. Paine
Last May, when Sonny, our male cat, was five months old and a lithe leaper, I constructed a video and posted it to youtube. Since then 62 people have viewed the video. Thank you. I did my part. The video did not go viral.
Sonny, grown-up, apparently.
Yeah, now he’s a big lad; 15lbs. He cannot really elevate like he used to be able to do, but when he gets up a head of steam he can get himself up five feet. As always, he doesn’t stick the landing as much as try to wrestle his ‘touch-down’ momentum back down to zero.
Role-playing is fine. I’d prefer the cooking role.
h/t Subverting Subverting the Genre blog, one of a family of very humorous blogs.
Meanwhile, there is a genre I’d call unintentional subversion. So, bonus:
I much prefer the international party / creep show by design that is Google Plus (G+) over both The Facebook and The Twitter. Alas, hardly anyone I know shares this view as of the end of 2012.
First Glimpses From Curiosity’s cameras:
. . .a burgeoning genre, no doubt.
My wife discovered a folder with syllabi for a course she taught on social work with couples. The alternative syllabus includes cartoons and this comprised a gold mine of material in the teaching cartoon vein.
This cartoon has long been one of my favorites and yet I had never made a copy for my collection until she produced her find.
Just for the record, I much prefer Google+ to Facebook. On the positive side of the ledger, Facebook has brought into distant orbit a handful of long-lost friends. That is it for the positive side of the ledger.
Facebook seems tenaciously attached to its bad interface innovations. Facebook’s search function is laughable. The ‘be-friending’ central imperative is, for me, limited and not congenial.
Google+ has a slightly better interface, excellent search, and its users may access any other user. The latter advantage is very congenial to my open-ended approach to new relationships and incoming information. The serendipity factor on Google+ is by design central to its differentiation (as a platform) and its appeal to me.
There are ways to leverage Google+ which would make it an attractive vehicle for resurrecting the discussions that have mostly disappeared from my screen over the last ten years. Unfortunately, very few people I personally know are on Google+.
The upshot for my own usage is that the internet isn’t in the main a social space for me; it’s much more like a cosmic library.