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Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 16: The Greek Way, Chapters 4 & 5

Frank Breslin | Posted 11.27.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Chapter 4 Contrast the characteristics of Greek and Hebrew writing, and discuss their respective strengths and weaknesses. Greek is clear, brief, ...

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 9: Teaching How to Think, Not What to Think

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.16.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Getting Used to Thinking for Oneself Over the decades, students were surprised that they were being taught how to think, not what to think. No theory...

Mindful Genius

Ira Israel | Posted 03.24.2017 | Education
Ira Israel

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. ~ F....

Swearing And Grief

Mark Liebenow | Posted 02.04.2017 | Healthy Living
Mark Liebenow

I can't help you if you censor yourself and only tell me the nice things. Saying nice things will get you a Tootsie Pop. Honesty gets you my compassion.

Our Mother the Machine

Dan Rockmore | Posted 05.13.2016 | Arts
Dan Rockmore

Machine-made consciousness remains one of the great challenges of modern science. "Ex Machina" makes us think about what that might mean.

Meatless Monday: Ripe Delights

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

For Jonathan Lovekin, ripe is "the jewel-like color and light reflecting off a golden caramelized quince. For Paulette Phlipot, it's "the teensy littl...

Dinner With Sam Keen and Michael Murphy At Esalen Institute

Ira Israel | Posted 08.20.2016 | Religion
Ira Israel

As I currently reside in a community where most inhabitants think that Heidegger is a cold press juicer, imagine my joy last Saturday evening at Esalen when I found myself breaking wheat bread with two of America's greatest living philosophers and intellectuals, Michael Murphy and Sam Keen!

Max Weber Didn't Plow the Field

Francis Levy | Posted 05.19.2015 | Home
Francis Levy

In a review of Peter Ghosh's Max Weber and 'The Protestant Ethic'; Twin Histories (TLS, 2/13/15) Duncan Kelly quotes Weber as saying "I am not a donkey and do not have a field" on the subject of academia.

God Redux

Francis Levy | Posted 12.03.2014 | Science
Francis Levy

In a Times Op-Ed piece entitled "God, Darwin and My College Biology Class" (NYT, 9/27/14), David P. Barash, an evolutionary biologist and professor of...

Leon Wieseltier's Tractatus

Francis Levy | Posted 01.26.2014 | Home
Francis Levy

Leon Wieseltier has written his own Tractatus. At least that's the unequivocal aphoristic style in which the first three paragraphs of his review of A...

This Is Not A Blog

Ira Israel | Posted 08.21.2016 | Arts
Ira Israel

Are we witnessing a new epoch of exceptionally bright and gifted directors, writers, and actors infusing pop culture with winks to high culture or possibly converging the two?

Tractatus Twitter Philosophicus

Martin Marks | Posted 09.06.2011 | Comedy
Martin Marks

A brief working theory as to the socio-semiotic lexicographic post-structuralist aesthetic paleographic mechanisms of Twitter, after Wittgenstein. #Glee

'True Grit'? True Grace.

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

While many will argue that God's grace is notably absent elsewhere in the "Coeniverse," it is powerfully present in True Grit

Modernism's Empty Empty Spaces

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Brenner

There is an intriguing connection between modernism's claim to unbridled liberty and the way that it has shaped the physical environment in which we live.