The Familiar, the Comfortable, the Kitsch; the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.

I bet that you and I do the following at times. We confuse the familiar, the self-beneficial, the surprising for the good, the true, and the beautiful (in no particular order)? We’d love to think we don’t but I suspect we all do. I suspect I do. Familiar, novel, nostalgic, surprising, self-beneficial – these words …

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Three Forms of Objectivity: Impersonal, Personal, & Interpersonal

There are three ways to look at objectivity; one impersonal the other personal, the third interpersonal. In this post I am thinking of objectivity especially in the context of disagreement or controversy. What do we want? What we want in talk of objectivity, is to get at reality; to get at the truth of the …

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A Philosophy of Education: Start Simple and Build From There.

So you need a philosophy of education? How do you craft a philosophy of education that is more that word soup, hastily typed out to complete an application? Lets face it, there are a confusing variety of philosophies of educational: essentialism, pragmatism, behaviorism, reconstructionism, existentialism, perennialism, and so on. While each of these has something …

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Three Things I Did to Start Waking Up Before 6am – Often Without an Alarm.

I woke up this morning at 4am. I got up at 4:30am. I’ve gotten out of bed every day this month well before 6am. Furthermore, I’ve woken up without an alarm most of those days. Aaaaaand… it might help you to know that in the past I justified my “inability” to get up early by …

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Research Suggests “Smart” People Are Better at Bending Data to Fit Their Biases

Over the last few days I’ve come across a piece of research, more than once, suggesting that a high IQ doesn’t protect you from certain kinds of bias. The first was a defeating-defeater style video by Inspiring Philosophy. The video attempts to undercut claims that a higher IQ leads to atheism. Instead it seems that …

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