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In an interview at the University of Otago, James Flynn lamented how few university students he observed who graduated without "the ability to use analyses on their moral systems." Flynn expressed interest in self-education. Had more people known more about the history of Iraq, they'd have known that it wasn't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at Ken's Blog
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As understood in psychology, one of the defects of the human 'OS' is called "negativity bias ". In short, we're predisposed to pay more attention to potentially harmful stimuli in our environment than more benign factors. This is because, it is reasoned, our ancient ancestors survived because of their hyper-attention... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Ken's Blog
Philosophical question: Are some civilizations objectively superior to other civilizations? Is there an objective basis upon which we can attempt to determine the value of one against another or is it merely subjective taste? If so, more valuable in what way? In terms of the societies they build? In terms... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Ken's Blog
If you are fortunate enough to have leisure time, use it to improve your knowledge of history! This magisterial eleven volume set - “The Story of Civilization” - was written by Will Durant and his wife, Ariel. The first volume - “Our Oriental Heritage” - was finished in the early... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Ken's Blog
Thursday thoughts. In short, free speech is the fundamental freedom of individuals. When certain ideas, individuals, or groups develop a sort of armor from criticism, whether by legislation, popular opinion, or otherwise, it disarms the usual counter-balancing effects of ostracism, or even the possibility of ostracism in the back of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Ken's Blog
America's trust in traditional, big media is waning. This fact is evidenced by the growth of alternative media like Youtube and blogging, Pew research polls and voters' decisions. In the 2016 election, voters seemed to prefer candidates that weren't continuations of traditional political dynasties. Instead of experiencing what would have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Ken's Blog
"An excess of compassion deprives people of their individuality and spirit" -Jordan B Peterson Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Ken's Blog
Napoleon understood the power of propaganda. It seems he placed heavy importance, as evidenced during the campaign in Italy, in the idea that he needed ownership and control of mechanisms of communication through which he could advance his interests. He started "Journal de Bonaparte et des Hommes Verteaux". A talent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Ken's Blog
"Woe to that nation whose literature is disturbed by the intervention of power. Because that is not just a violation against "freedom of print", it is the closing down of the heart of the nation, a slashing to pieces of its memory. The nation ceases to be mindful of itself,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Ken's Blog
Quick thought of the day: When children need to learn a fact, they can find it themselves. They are naturally curious but vary in their curiosities. Additionally, the timing, which is usually thrust upon them by their life's circumstances, also varies. As does the depth into which they may undertake... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at Ken's Blog
Quick thought of the day: When it comes to any activity, even ones you enjoy, once somebody else enforces a schedule for that activity upon you, the activity loses it's joy. This is especially relevant to education and our school system. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Ken's Blog
I have tremendous respect for my grandparents. They are just great people. They are hard-working, good natured, smart, deeply involved in their local communities, and support their children and grandchildren. What strikes me as especially remarkable is their high level of involvement in their local community. Here are some of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Ken's Blog
Andreas on the history of Bitcoin and what it represents. ...It's revolutionary in a way that we've seen once before, at least -- in my generation. And that is to the introduction of the internet. Many people who have grown up with the internet, even today, fundamentally misunderstand why the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Ken's Blog
The internet has revolutionized the way we access information. The observation has become cliche. To say it's been written and spoken about frequently is an understatement. Nevertheless, we use the internet to solve our daily problems. Two weeks ago, I was in a part of the city that I'd never... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Ken's Blog
I'd like to add a footnote to previous and future discussions about the education industry, and Education generally, and that is this: I have tremendous empathy for many teachers, and most students. I believe that most teachers take up the profession in order to, as trite as it sounds, 'make... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at Ken's Blog
This excerpt was transcribed from an interview about cyber security. Wikipedia. ...now, you can't, you can't create a hacker. You can't send someone to Harvard or to Stanford University and create a hacker. No, that's not possible. You can create a good computer scientist. But that's not the man or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Ken's Blog
Although David Foster Wallace would eventually meet an untimely, tragic end to his writing career, his struggles with the modern world and his own depression, I think, do not diminish the genius of his work and unique insights. Particularly interesting is his commentary about our (post?)-post modern era -- the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Ken's Blog
The Inadequacies of the Invincible I've never read (yet) David Foster Wallace, and this article was my introduction. He's an interesting story, an intellectual that seems to me, after watching a few of his interviews and (in)famous commencement speech, to be cliche yet concise, a breath of fresh air in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at Ken's Blog
"Education should be more like an interactive game and less like what it is, which is sort of a rather boring vaudeville act. You know, its sort of one person droning on in front of a bunch of others with no special effects." "If you think of the days of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Ken's Blog
From his book Deep Thinking: ...The boom in young Grandmasters and how they think should serve as an example to traditional education as well, with similar cautions. Kids are capable of learning far more, far faster, than traditional education methods allow for. They are already doing it mostly on their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Ken's Blog
As I've gotten to know the city of Milwaukee, I've grown more and more fascinated by the dynamics of the city -- the commerce, the general 'feel' of different areas as you walk through them, the nightlife, the demeanor of passerby on sidewalks, in parks, bike trails, and local coffee... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Ken's Blog
Although the scope of the title is broad, this post will observe a limited perspective, that of the economic reality facing the United States. It will discuss that reality in relation to socio-economic classes within the United States in the context of historical trends and competing interests. This post was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Ken's Blog
Johnny Hemkes was a legendary brass teacher based in Racine, WI. His legacy lives in the accomplished players who play professionally or semi-professionally, of which I there are many. He said something once that etched itself in my mind. On teaching he said, "I don't treat every student the same,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Ken's Blog
Looking forward to visiting my Grandma this weekend. She's turning 87! Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Ken's Blog