Some of the News That’s Fit to Read

A backlog of stuff I’ve saved from the New York Times. One for each day in February with a leap year bonus:

~How Philosophers Argue about Politics: from Gary Gutting, of whom I have intellect and writing envy (he also wrote this interesting reflection called, “What Is College For?” and a follow up;

~The Art of Listening: With some interesting stuff about African Literature, too;

~Evidence and Explanation: This is a video from Errol Morris on “The Man with the Umbrella” in the Zapruder Film and the ways conspiracies can hatch, appear reasonable, and be wrong. It’s a really great (and brief) look at thinking, criticality, and investigation. It WILL have a place in my logic classes;

~Frank Cioffi Dies: Every once in a while I get a brief and passing case of Master’s Degree shame when a student or new colleague asks where I “got my doctorate”–no more! Frank Cioffi is my new hero;

~Against Emerson: I love “Self Reliance,” and I love this essay. Both can be true;

~Alan Lomax Goes Digital: His huge collection of field recordings are going to be available online. Should be AMAZING;

~Scientists Talk: I haven’t watched any yet, but this collection sounds fascinating. I love watching any one talk about the things they love;

~HipHop and the Arab Spring: The role of rap in the revolutions (remember this one?);

~Davos and Capitalisms Future: An argument from the leader of the UK’s Labour Party;

~How Big Time College Sports Ate College Life: Not as great as Taylor Branch’s piece in The Atlantic, but pretty great;

~On Apple’s Textbook Revolution: Will this time be the time?

~Cognitive Science and Architecture: Apparently some of the discoveries associated with behavioral economics are affecting the plans for the spaces we move through;

~Stillness May Be the Next Big Thing: Once it’s gone, someone will surely figure out a way to sell us peace and quiet;

~Toys and Gender: I can’t go to Toys R Us without getting powerfully annoyed, so I try not to; I hope this article is describing the way of the future;

~Memory and Witnesses: On eye-witness testimony and cognitive science;

~God and Science: A review of Alvin Plantinga’s new book (if you don’t know the name, Alvin Plantinga is one of the most important/influential Philosophers of Religion alive);

~New Info about Sexual Assault: Not much better than it’s ever been. Depressing;

~Online Education: Loved by Wall Street, less so by others;

~On Reading: Wha people are reading and where they’re getting it;

~On Publishing: “Amazon’s Jungle Logic”;

~On Teaching Law: Stanley Fish on what lawyers need to learn from Law School and why;

~Game of Thrones: Never seen it, never read it, but my students LOVE it;

~The Learning Network: they have a blog with all kinds of resources for teaching through and with the Times–daily news quiz, student crosswords, all kinds of cool stuff–like this “Preparing for College” crossword puzzle;

~Celebrity Tweets: All about TMI;

~David Hume is Awesome: It’s true;

~100 Notable Books from 2011: Read any of them?

~Great Reading about Food: This is a really great list of reading options;

~On Running: How to Run without Hurting Yourself;

~Two on Schooling: On Girls and schools in Vietnam and one woman’s memory of her parents as “Home Schooling Anarchists”

Website Wednesday

Website Wednesday is a regular feature in which we highlight one (or a couple) of sites from the Billions floating around the Intertoobz that just might help you with your Herculean task of educating inquiring minds. Any and all suggestions for future editions are welcome.

Ok, I’m woefully behind on everything all of a sudden–I was sitting pretty and then whamm-o…100% buried in the weeds.

So, I haven’t yet had time to check out any of these for more than 15 seconds since I initially found them. Maybe you can?






Apologies if any of them are bad. Please let us all know what you find out…