Reaching Out through Retold Stories [Radio Readings]

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You can listen to “Fights in Good Faith,” my weekly radio program, streaming today at 5pm ET and tomorrow (Sun) at 1pm  The episode is now available to download/stream on demand.This week, Rosamund Hodge's Crimson Bound served as a jumping off point to talk about why I love reading retold stories.Every week, I put up a “Radio Readings” post, so you can track down the books, articles, and, (this week) fanfiction that I cite on the show. So, without further ado, here’s what I’m talking … [Read more...]

7QT: Moss Troll Ichor and Human Hearts

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--- 1 --- This week, I had a lot of fun reading an observational study of the rituals we've built up around our interactions with technology--what they tell us about how we understand our relationship with our devices and what they portend for designs to come.  I particularly enjoyed seeing one I frequently employ: The Security Pass Hip Bump, which I first noticed a former client doing repeatedly in the library building she worked in, is particularly enjoyable. It occurs when someone carries th … [Read more...]

Effective Altruism & Ethically Questionable Cookies

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Earlier this week, I linked to the Yale Effective Altruists' writeup of my visit (my radio program on Effective Altruism and Christian Charity is here).  Today, Slate Star Codex has a post up that's a nice encapsulation of my discomfort with the more totalizing part of EA. Peter Singer talks about widening circles of concern. First you move from total selfishness to an understanding that your friends and family are people just like you and need to be treated with respect and understanding. Then … [Read more...]

Life Lessons that Can’t be Taught at College’s Scale

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In Ethika Politika, Margaret Blume explains why she's preferred her studies at Notre Dame to her undergrad years at Yale, my own alma mater.  Yale has distribution requirements (Writing, Science, Humanities, Quantitative Reasoning, etc), but no single course is required -- your math credit can come from econ or astronomy or set theory.  Blume found that the Chinese menu course of study left her and some of her classmates feeling ungrounded: Yale’s system, which does not include theology and is b … [Read more...]

The Word Gap Needs More Than Individual Effort

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I'm posting at Fare Forward today, talking about the word gap, and why solutions should include structural reform of work schedules, wages, and zoning -- not just increased effort from individual parents: Poorer children start falling behind the richer children in their age cohort long before they toddle off to their first day of school or sit down for their first standardized test. Before formal instruction begins, children learn from their parents. Poorer children fall into a “word gap”—they h … [Read more...]

Sad Stories of the Deaths of Kings (and Queens) [Radio Readings]

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You can listen to “Fights in Good Faith,” my weekly radio program, streaming today at 5pm ET and tomorrow (Sun) at 1pm.  The episode is now available to download and stream.In the past week, I've watched the entire BBC Hollow Crown cycle (Richard II, Henry IV pt 1, Henry IV pt 2, and Henry V), the Folger Theatre production of Mary Stuart, and not watched House of Cards, so this week's episode is themed around stories of power and legitimacy.Every week, I put up a “Radio Readings” post … [Read more...]

7QT: Stoicism Man, Semi-Imaginary Money, and Second Moons

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--- 1 --- Did you know that Earth has a second moon?   Because I sure as heck did not (I'm in the lucky 10,000!).  Apparently, the astronomical body 3753 Cruithne is also in orbit around the Earth, but its orbit is bizarrely convoluted -- to the point where it takes 800 years for it to make a full, wobbly circuit.  io9 has all the details. --- 2 --- And if you're trying to learn other, unknown-to-you, sometimes terrifyingly interlooped ideas, Existential Comics has a "How to Study Philosophy" … [Read more...]


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