How Do We Overcome the Fear of Death?

At The Curator, Win Bassett thinks about stories about death can help us overcome the fear of death: Embracing our infected existence, even while we teeter on the brink of nonexistence, serves as the sole saving grace to quell these fears. Sadly (or happily, depending on our framing), this acceptance of our curious, awkward and [Read More...]

Ebenezer and Unexpected Good

Over at The Curator, Eric Peters tells a story of finding good in an unexpected place – after having over five thousand dollars worth of equipment stolen: . . . If you’ve ever been the victim of theft, you no doubt are familiar with the empty, hollow feeling in the pit of your stomach. Of [Read More...]

Kierkegaard and the MOOCs

School is nearly out for the year, and so most teachers, like myself, are thinking ahead to the summer and to the distant days of fall. One of the things we’re always doing is fiddling with how we teach. What’s the best way to teach someone? How can we “do” learning effectively? And what’s the goal of [Read More...]

Learning a New Language

There’s an interesting piece in The Curator about our new brains—new, that is, because of technology—and some of the positive possibilities inherent in technologies we usually decry: It is too easy to play doomsday prophet and long for a day of Luddite purity. Von Ahn and people like him hope to use the advance of technology [Read More...]


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