Monthly Archives: September 2011

2011-09-30—TEACHING TEACHING

You can lead an ass to water, but you can’t make him drink. That is one idea that doesn’t get much attention in the current educational system. Nor does the corollary that those who are really thirsty will go out … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

2011-09-23—BRAINS THAT WORK DIFFERENTLY

We are all both gifted and brain damaged to some extent, but usually there is a reasonable balancing of the accounts.  But sometimes one or the other dominates our lives. And sometimes the special gifts are very much at the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

2011-09-16—CHARITY IS PROBLEMATIC

If anything seems clear-cut, it is that charity is a good thing.  Presumably it does something to improve the human condition, and it makes us feel good.  But, like almost anything, a closer examination reveals it isn’t as simple or … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

2011-09-09—DANGERS THAT AREN’T AND THE DANGER THAT IS

The real danger is scientific ignorance, and one of its many dangerous effects is making people irrationally fearful of non-existent dangers.  Frightened people are easily exploited for someone else’s financial or political gain.  And, sadly, most often what people are … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

2011-09-02—LIFE IS A COMEDY…

..for those who think, but a tragedy for those who feel—according to Horace Walpole.  But wait, doesn’t that depend on what you feel and what you think about?  The optimist tends to feel cheerful, while the pessimist is usually dour.  … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off