On Being Truly Educated – Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is an eminent American theoretical linguist, cognitive scientist and philosopher, who radically changed the arena of linguistics by assuming language as a uniquely human, biologically based cognitive capacity. He suggested that innate traits in the human brain give birth to both language and grammar. The most important figure in “cognitive revolution” and “analyticContinue reading “On Being Truly Educated – Noam Chomsky”

Let’s talk about public health at the border and inconsistency – Beau of the Fifth Column

Let’s talk about patriotic education, dogs, and civic mindedness – Beau of the Fifth Column

Let’s talk about believing things without evidence – Beau of the Fifth Column

Human Evolution: Crash Course Big History #6

In which John Green and Hank Green teach you about how human primates moved out of Africa and turned Earth into a real-life Planet of the Apes. And the apes are people! John and Hank teach you about how humans evolved, and the sort of tricks they picked up along the way like complex toolContinue reading “Human Evolution: Crash Course Big History #6”

The Big Bang: Crash Course Big History #1

In which John Green, Hank Green, and Emily Graslie teach you about, well, everything. Big History is the history of everything. We’re going to start with the Big Bang, take you right through all of history (recorded and otherwise), and even talk a little bit about the future. It is going to be awesome. InContinue reading “The Big Bang: Crash Course Big History #1”

Partisan war over teaching history and racism stokes tensions in U.S. schools

The school board of Virginia’s wealthy Loudoun County had planned to hold a routine meeting to close out the school year. Instead, it was pandemonium. Many of the hundreds of parents who flooded the auditorium in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night were there to accuse the schools of teaching their kids thatContinue reading “Partisan war over teaching history and racism stokes tensions in U.S. schools”

Aldous Huxley on Technodictators- Blank on Blank

“If you want to preserve your power indefinitely, you have to get the consent of the ruled” – Aldous Huxley Interview by Mike Wallace on May 18, 1958, from the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. “This is Aldous Huxley, a man haunted by a vision of hell on earth. Mr.Continue reading “Aldous Huxley on Technodictators- Blank on Blank”

How and Why We Read: Crash Course English Literature #1

In which John Green kicks off the Crash Course Literature mini series with a reasonable set of questions. Why do we read? What’s the point of reading critically. John will argue that reading is about effectively communicating with other people. Unlike a direct communication though, the writer has to communicate with a stranger, through timeContinue reading “How and Why We Read: Crash Course English Literature #1”

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