“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” [ John F. Kennedy ] Kennedy was absolutely … Continue reading How not to feel like an idiot in 2018
The Supreme Court nominee is being accused of awful conduct. He is denying it. What do we do with that? This situation is just one of countless others. We constantly need to sift through data, analyze information, and weigh evidence. When we want to make a wise decision, draw a reasonable conclusion, or make a … Continue reading Ford vs. Kavanaugh
"It is time for us, whatever our religious beliefs, to see the Sabbatarian laws of old not as backward and pharisaical, but rather as the liberatory statements they were meant to be." That wise recommendation is taken from the article "Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against ‘total work’" by William R Black, historian … Continue reading How to get guilt-free rest
"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." [ William James ] If you take only one course in your lifetime, make it this one. You will develop the fundamental skills of statement classification, research, analysis, and argument. You'll find that these skills are tools for better communication, healthier … Continue reading 2 ways to learn critical thinking basics
Did you watch Mister Rogers' Neighborhood when you were a kid? I watched it a bit, but now I wished I had watched it more. I say that, now that I know more about Fred Rogers. We watched the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? at a recent meetup with The Thinkery in Vancouver. We all were … Continue reading What did Mr. Rogers think about?
What do you hold dear? Really, I'm just asking you what you believe. Have I mentioned that I love words? Today's word is belief, which is derived from the German word glauben, meaning to hold dear, love. A lot of emotion is tied up in belief, but faith without thought isn't faith worth writing home about. Faith … Continue reading Think about your faith: Question 1
"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." — William James — If you take only one course in your lifetime, make it Critical Thinking Basics at The Thinkery. You will develop the fundamental skills of statement classification, research, analysis, and argument. You'll find that these skills are tools for better … Continue reading Master the art of thinking
"How much coffee can I get for 57 cents?" My table was within eavesdropping distance of the cafe's counter. The scene was Coffee Revolution in Vancouver, WA, where The Thinkery meets weekly for God Questions. As I bustled around while my tea was steeping, readying my table for the group that was about to arrive, I overheard … Continue reading Just $1 for all that?!
Your last letter was a beauty as far as its length but it was vilely spelt. I don’t think I have ever seen quite so many mistakes in so few lines. Howe wood you lick it if I rote you a leter al ful of mispeld wurds? I no yu know kwite well howe to … Continue reading Do you KNOW more than you THINCK?
Sunlight becomes momentary diamonds on the water. I love the challenge of haiku. Reading it and writing it. Haiku in English, that is. I'm as equipped to write authentic Japanese haiku as I am to write actuarial valuation reports. I don't even know what I just said. Still, English haiku has its demands that make it a … Continue reading Haiku in the summertime