Posts made in August, 2013

Linkedin: Choice and Its Vicissitudes: A Lesson in How Science Works by Barry Schwartz — my response

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130824120435-91343717-choice-and-it-s-vississitudes-a-lesson-in-how-science-works?trk=tod-home-art-list-small_1August 25, 2012 Humanity is all screwed up and this piece doesn’t help to explain it. Most Americans live an unhappy, unconscious and soulless life. Our culture and its many institutions, as well as, through marketing and advertising have trained us to look outwardly, make endless purchases to solve an inside problem – to solve an empty, a lonely and a loveless life. We lack “a feeling” of wholeness in our gut. Men and women make all sorts of daily purchases in an attempt to cure their loneliness, their dislike for themselves. Spending money is an activity that we can control when much of our...

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My response to the Sam Jones for mayor commercial on his Facebook page

(Note: Some edits have been made.) August 15, 2013 “Mayor Dow, The following are my comments to the Sam Jones for Mayor TV commercial that you appeared in. It recently aired on TV and was posted on his Facebook page, today. “In the eight years that Sam Jones has been mayor of Mobile, the cities of Saraland and Chickasaw have taken bold action by taking ownership of educating their children with the creation of their own school systems, why has Mobile forced black, white and Latino families to accept the mediocrity of the Mobile County Public School System? Why no bold action of his own? Why is there no tourism industry in downtown Mobile, there’s no world-class experience to be had for citizens and tourists, alike. There’s neither a flame...

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Lagniappe: New school initiative highlights day-to-day achievements — my response

(Note: Some minor edits have been made.) August 6, 2013  Lagniappe: New school initiative highlights day-to-day achievements [at Mobile County Public School System, Alabama] http://classic.lagniappemobile.com/article.asp?articleID=6652&sid=1 At the age of 42, I’ve become a pretty big critic of education, both, private and public, as well as, higher education.  Much of education is artificial in nature — the length of the school year, the selected curriculum, the number of days spent covering the material, the importance placed on certain subjects over gym or the arts.  All the assignments, homework, pop quizzes, papers, tests and exams and when they’re due is totally artificial.  It’s assumed that learning is occurring at...

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