Four Brainstorming Questions and a Comment, About Minneapolis Today

I. Is social distancing over now? If it's not enforced for one group, how, without a relevant difference, can it justly be enforced for another group? Why might large protests be allowed, but, perhaps, in hopes that those protesters will quickly spread the virus among themselves? Churches in some cities can't have more than 10 … Continue reading Four Brainstorming Questions and a Comment, About Minneapolis Today

Questions worth asking, for simplifying quality online instruction

1. Must I have real-time interaction with my students? Bells and whistles are fun to ring and blow--but are they necessary? For my Philosophy and Humanities classes, the answer is no. Given my writing, audio, video, and screencast content, along with a computer program and textbook, my students have all they need. Additionally, they can … Continue reading Questions worth asking, for simplifying quality online instruction

Prepping as a Self-Improvement Strategy

Here are three unlikely nightmare scenarios (pandemic, Socialism, and anarchy), to scare yourself into doing what you should already have been doing. 1. Imagine having to endure three months of self-quarantine, to avoid getting sick. You'd have to plan on family, who haven't prepared, joining you.      * People begin to horde, even if from unwarranted … Continue reading Prepping as a Self-Improvement Strategy

Scientism

"Facts Matter, Science Matters, Earth Matters" One sometimes finds slogans like this on car bumpers. The statement's intended meaning must be beyond the surface. Perhaps leaving off the list "Black Lives Matter" is telling? No; that's an especially uncharitable and gratuitous interpretation. What then? Maybe the sloganeer imagines a foolish and deplorable group of people … Continue reading Scientism