Ten Commandments to Avoid Extinction

A provocative video by Michael Dowd. Don’t just fast forward to the commandments, as interesting and as important as they are. The introduction is also full of great insights and memorable quotes. [Read more…]

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Ten Commandments of Debating and Logic

Via Chris Spinks. It has some typos, and awkwardly places the period before the end of the sentence (I have a lot of students who do that when ending with a parenthetical citation, too). But it still seems useful. [Read more…]

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iSlab

There are so many things that might be said about this cartoon. It makes the point that things have become commonplace in our time which would have seemed miraculous a few hundred years ago, never mind several thousand. And it asks us to imagine how we might respond to someone who came claiming revealed truths [Read More…]

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The Product Placement Bible

A friend drew the Product Placement Bible to my attention. It is an attempt to show what the insertion of advertising looks like when taken too far, by doing so in the Bible. Below are a few that I thought actually kind of worked well. Click through to see more. Yes, I did decide to [Read More…]

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Ten Professorial Commandments

Elliott Ratzman offered the following Ten Commandments in Inside Higher Ed: 1. Thou shalt have no other object of attention in the classroom. No devices — phones, gadgets, computers, guns — or distractions; I am a jealous and wrathful instructor. 2. Thou shalt honor thy fellow students. They are also struggling, growing, with opinions always changing, and [Read More…]

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Ten Commandments Die

That’s “die” as in the singular of “dice,” in case that wasn’t clear. I saw this ten-sided die at GenCon and took a photo. Not sure what you’d use it for – to pick which one to obey or disobey on a given day? There were some impressive companies at GenCon that make custom dice. [Read More…]

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Better Commandments

Via John Loftus, I became aware of this list of ten commandments which Valerie Tarico offered as better than the more famous ten. What do you think of them? This above all shall ye take as my first command: Thou shalt treat living beings as they want to be treated. And the second commandment is [Read More…]

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Why Not The Beatitudes?

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Ten Commandments and School Shootings

I have blogged in the past about just how obscene a notion it is that removing prayer, or displays of the ten commandments, from schools, is an explanation of why shootings occur there. Such claims are in fact an attempt by those who have failed to raise their children to not shoot others, and given [Read More…]

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Or is it the first Vulcan greeting with a commandment?

HT Jeff Carter. The Bible refers to Exodus 20:12 as the first commandment with a promise. Hence the title of my blog post.   [Read more…]

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A New Commandment

We recently talked here about the suggestion that the ten commandments were a missed opportunity to mention other important things. And so I thought this proposed new commandment was worth sharing.   [Read more…]

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