Month: June 2016

Book-Review, Mindset

Review: The Curse of the High IQ

The Book Clarey, Aaron. The Curse of the High Iq. , 2016. This was an interesting book. I read it after a recommendation by Ed Latimore, who said that the author really helped him. The Bad It was good, but I was frustrated by it for two reasons: It described a lot of my life experiences and …

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Music Monday: Anarchy Road

One of my favorite things is 80s style synth pop. About a year or so ago I discovered Carpenter Brut. I really like their music. One of their recent songs, Anarchy Road, is about an awful post-prosperity future for western civilization. The music video below is just clips from the recent Judge Dredd film, but …

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Stop Being a Machine

Read this tweet today: I truly believe the most subversive thing you can do today is spend as much of the day as possible nurturing what is not machine-like in you — Austin Kleon (@austinkleon) June 25, 2016 I think that the point, to seek the truly human things about yourself and to make them …

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Class Rules

Today I was working on the list of classroom rules/slogans I’ll be using to help my students stay on track this coming school year. Here they are with the explanations I’ll give to them on the first day of school. Do the thing to have the power. This from a powerful quote from Ralph Waldo …

Ethics, Philosophy, Prudence

Virtue Building: How to Grow Any Habit

Why Pursue Virtue? It’s hard to say exactly what makes any particular person want to become virtuous or develop a good habit. For many it is a religious conversion. For others it’s a realization that debt, porn, or drugs have ruined their lives, as bad habits can become a hell on earth. Some people conclude …

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Charm the snake before it bites you

Many people, because they aren’t Christians, miss out on the Bible’s clever stories, wise observations, and lack of -”ism” based ideas. Many contemporary Christians miss the same simply because they don’t read the whole Bible. An enigmatic Old Testament character named “The Preacher” made these observations: Ecclesiastes 10:8-12 He who digs a pit will fall into …

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Wisdom Wednesday: Proverbs 22:13

The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets. (Proverbs 22:13) Passages of scripture like this pose one of the greatest challenges for risk averse people. Many of us think we are wise for avoiding risk. And indeed, Proverbs itself says that the wise hides himself when there …

Intellectual Virtues

On Pedagogy: Transmission and Revision

I’ve written a few posts that overlap with themes concerning education. But I think that, over all, good education has this main goal: it supports human happiness. Of course, everything humans do is “for happiness,” just like every arrow is aimed at a target. But like arrows, decisions and processes can miss their mark. Education …

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Mental Models

There are many models we can use to understanding the world. When I took college history my professor told us that there were several paradigms for interpreting the events of history: economic, philosophical, national, geographical, and religious. He would say that some of these paradigms are more appropriate to a situation than others, but that none …

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Beginning Christian Spirituality

The central reality of Christian spirituality is this: John 8:31-32  So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, (32)  and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” There is a startling array of things that a new …