Physical Education Through Adventure Education

This is a neat video about new approaches to PE classes, including ones that incorporate ropes course games, climbing towers, and teamwork challenges.  Having facilitated kids in these sorts of adventure learning exercises numerous times back in my camp counselor days, I am a huge believer in their educational value. Some other really interesting ideas [Read More...]

Differences In Power Correlated With Differences In Moral Judgment?

Interesting study: Those who were pre-programmed to think in terms of having power “had a stronger preference for the rule-based more considerations, compared to participants in the low-power condition, who had a stronger preference for the outcome-based moral considerations.” The researchers did find one exception to this pattern. In a final test, which was constructed [Read More...]

The Music Of Speech: Autotune Punditry And Charles Spearin’s Happiness Project

Fitting for punditry itself, this video is both awful and hypnotic at the same time.  The one fascinating artistic “merit” here is the way they highlight the musicality of human speech to its musicality (even though they do it in an ear-splitting way): Some day, I want to give a proper review to Charles Spearin’s [Read More...]

Defending Hate Crime Laws

publius gives the reasons I am personally in favor of hate crimes as a category of crime and see them as consistent with my rabbid commitment to free speech: Cohen says that hate crimes aren’t really different from any other crime — so there’s no need for extra penalties.  That’s not true.  Hate crimes are [Read More...]

“The Real Occam’s Razor”

Michael Dickens connects two quotes which belong together.  First there’s Occam’s Razor: Never increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything And then Einstein’s superbly adds the missing qualification: Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. In both of these statements of the importance of parsimony are the [Read More...]

Plato: Myth and Logic

New on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, an interesting article on Plato’s attempt to merge muthos and logos.  Here’s the description: What the ancient Greeks—at least in the archaic phase of their civilisation—called muthos was quite different from what we and the media nowadays call “myth”. For them a muthos was a true story, a [Read More...]

Neko Case At The Newport Folk Festival

Courtesy of NPR (and found via Faith In Honest Doubt) comes the lovely and spectacular indie country siren singer/songwriter/newpornographer, Neko Case.  One of my very favorite singers, if you love her enjoy this concert and if you don’t know her get on with the falling in love: Neko Case Newport Folk Festival [Read more...]

Jailtime For Singing The Koran

Religious authoritarianism strikes again: Mohsen Namjoo, a singer-songwriter who has been described as the “Iranian Bob Dylan”, has been sentenced to five years in prison for recording music that “dishonours” passages from the Qur’an. The sentencing was in absentia, as Namjoo lives in Vienna. The musician was convicted for “his unconventional singing” of the Muslim [Read More...]

Marco Brambilla’s Civilization

Amazing stuff, watch it in full screen, there is simply way way too much going on to watch it in this tiny box. The description from youtube: Civilization, a video mural created for the new Standard hotel in New York City, depicts a journey from hell to heaven interpreted through modern film language using computer-enhanced [Read More...]

Heath Ledger’s Modest Mouse Video—”King Rat”

teh awesome: Love the brilliant song, love the brilliant video, love the combination of two awesome names with warm fuzzy connotations never before associated together.  Just makes my night—no, my summer—-NO, my LIFE.  Heath Ledger + Modest Mouse.  It’s like someone reached into my “favorites” section of my brain and just started plucking out random [Read More...]


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