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”

Random Readings

Here is a bunch of stuff that I’ve collected for you:

~I know I don’t make enough room for reflective solitude in my classroom. This article reminded me how important is to make space in the classroom for a little solitude now and then.

~If you have not yet read these investigatory pieces HERE and HERE (I’m betting that they win the Pulitzer this year) on one of Apple’s manufacturers in China, you need to.

~I liked this article on Metacognition so much that I posted it for one of my classes. It’s a topic that always arouses student interest I think because it puts words and structure to an idea that makes intuitive sense as important and helpful but rarely explained.

~Speaking of arousal, reading this story was horrifying and kind of funny in a “nutty professor” kind of way. Don’t worry–it’s safe for work. I found it here under the title, “Worst Lecture of All, Or Greatest?” from a link on Inside Higher Ed; some of the comments are amusing.

~Have you ever heard of the Collegiate Learning Assessment? I read about it in this article and then went to the site. It’s interesting.

~Ever heard of a “leap second”? I hadn’t, at least not until I read THIS and THIS (with video!).

~I liked this one, advocating for more working and less thinking as a BS prevention strategy.

~A couple that I pegged for administrators (current or future) were this and this–not that any of our administrators don’t already know these things (they do), but just in case they might want to share them with any peers who might not.

~Here’s the list of free museum days through March.

~An important piece on meetings (namely, how to make them better) is HERE.

~There are a number of new faculty who have recently received (or will soon) their first set of student evaluations. I think this post has helpful advice about how to use them productively.