Distraction and Dromocracy in Learning

Debates about media in academic institutions are as old as academic institutions themselves. Is handwriting better than typing for learning? This article indicates that the answer is yes, specifically in terms of classroom learning. I would disagree. Part of the argument is that handwriting is better because it makes you slow down. I like the point aboutContinue reading “Distraction and Dromocracy in Learning”

another burning man

Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen a noticeable increase in views of a post I wrote last year on Burning Man, probably because it’s been Burning Man season for a little while.  I didn’t go this year.  Why?  I couldn’t afford my ticket to the gift economy.  No, that’s just a joke poking funContinue reading “another burning man”

What’s funny about puns?

I just got back from a week in Malibu, and along with that, I’m recovering from a pretty severe case of olympic fever.  What have I learned?  Simply this: some puns are funnier than others, and only partially because some work better orally than they do in writing.  For instance, consider the following three observations. Meddling:Continue reading “What’s funny about puns?”

Misleading Titles: Foxes, Ecstasy, Laundry

“I have been watching Fox News for hours now, and I have not seen one story about foxes.” –Russell Brand That’s an astute observation from Russell Brand.  “Fox News” is definitely a misleading name.  What about the foxes themselves?  Similarly, I was disappointed to read Jack Kornfield’s After the Ecstasy the Laundry.  That book isContinue reading “Misleading Titles: Foxes, Ecstasy, Laundry”

The Integral Kosmopolitan: CFP

Another Integral Theory Confeference is coming up next year.  ITC 2013 will be July 18-21 in San Francisco.  The theme will be “Connecting the Integral Kosmopolitan.”  The call for papers was recently issued.  A pdf of the cfp can be found HERE.  The deadline for proposals (workshops or paper presentations) is August 15, 2012 (theContinue reading “The Integral Kosmopolitan: CFP”

Picasso on Fakes

I heard the following story from Haj Ross, a friend and teacher.  I don’t know it’s origin…it might be a fake. Picasso is painting in his studio, when an art dealer comes to see him. The dealer says, “Monsieur Picasso, I have just bought this painting, which was said to be a genuine original. ButContinue reading “Picasso on Fakes”

Keep your mind in hell, and despair not

It’s a phrase I heard from Simon Critchley, who heard it from Gillian Rose, who heard it from Staretz Silouan, who heard it from God: “Keep your mind in hell, and despair not.” It’s good advice.  God telling you to keep your mind in hell  is a little like God telling you to pray as MeisterContinue reading “Keep your mind in hell, and despair not”