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I am Jeff McMahon. I teach college English, I'm married to a middle school English teacher, and we have a "rescue" dog, Gretchen, with special emotional needs, though I imagine we're now just as dependent on Gretchen as she is on us. herculogical@verizon.net
Interests: power yoga, combat conditioning, cars that possess the i've-got-to-have-it factor, vegetarian cooking, blissed-out naval-gazer and underground dream pop music, a few well-chiseled books. other website: http://herculodge.typepad.com/
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Essay #3 Options for Essay Due 4-25-17 Choose One of the Following: One. In the context of Caleb Crain's "The Case Against Democracy" and Ilya Somin's "Democracy vs. Epistocracy" support, defend, or complicate the argument that an uninformed public lacking adequate critical thinking skills cannot support a democracy as we... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Critical Thinker
Schedule from 3-22-4-19 Spring 2017 3-22 Essay 2 Due. "Green Guilt" 25 3-27 "The Great White Way" 68 and "Understanding Black Patriotism" 55 3-29 "People Like Us" 62 4-3 “Prudence or Cruelty?”, 172 "Cutting Food Stamps Will Cost Everyone," "The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Breakthrough Writer
Books to Draw from or Outright Teach: Thank You for Arguing Crimes Against Logic Critical Thinker's Dictionary Weaponized Lies You might want to teach Against Democracy. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay Assignment (Choose One): Option 1: In a 1,000-word essay, typed and double-spaced, support, defend, or complicate Adam Alter’s assertion that morally dubious, entrepreneurial technocrats are imposing addictive technologies on consumers and that these technologies have deficits that far outweigh their benefits. Be sure to use the Toulmin structure in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Critical Thinker
Essay Assignment (Choose One): Option 1: In a 1,000-word essay, typed and double-spaced, support, defend, or complicate Adam Alter’s assertion that morally dubious, entrepreneurial technocrats are imposing addictive technologies on consumers and that these technologies have deficits that far outweigh their benefits. Be sure to use the Toulmin structure in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Critical Thinker
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter Essay Assignment (Choose One): Option 1: In a 1,000-word essay, typed and double-spaced, support, defend, or complicate Adam Alter’s assertion that morally dubious, entrepreneurial technocrats are imposing addictive technologies on consumers and that these... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Critical Thinker
One. Deep Work Two. Irresistible Three. Against Democracy Four. Death of Expertise (teach with Merchants of Doubt and anti-vaxxer movement) Five. Contemporary and Classic Arguments Notes You might skip Against Democracy as you'll get 2 assignments from Contemporary and Classic Arguments. You will have to supplement time gaps with logical... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
For 1A Essay 1 Give two Cooked choices: Rising and falling and essay by Arthur C. Brooks. Essay 2 Give two choices: Cal Newport (read Steve Jobs chapter to class) and Sherry Turkle. Essays 3, 4, and 5 will be from Acting Out Culutre. Teach Cooked and Acting Out Culture.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
My take is he'd give it 4 stars for AM. Poor selectivity on FM though. But once you lock on an FM station, you're fine.
Study Questions One. What is one of the strongest advantages of the craftsman mindset over the passion-centric mindset? Finding the right or ultimate job is a myth. In fact, we’re constantly agnostic about our job. We don’t know if our... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
So Good They Can’t Ignore You Lesson #1: “Don’t Follow Your Passion” Essay Assignment In an essay of appropriate length, defend, refute, or complicate Cal Newport’s argument from his book So Good They Can't Ignore You that the Passion Hypothesis... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Essay Options for Deep Work: Choose One Option #1 In a 1,000-word essay, defend, refute, or complicate Cal Newport's argument that Deep Work is an invaluable asset to your personal and professional life while Shallow Work and the mindless Internet habits that accompany it is a liability that results in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Critical Thinker
Gary has apprised us of Jay Allen's 2017 AM Radio "Shoot Out". No surprises here. C.Crane makes the best AM for today's radios and the Panasonic RF-2200 remains the AM king. Related articles Jay Allen Restores the Sony TFM-8000W Radio:... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herculodge
I sold my OSD, but I sort of regret it. I think at that price point there's nothing in its quality range. I always liked the Super Engineer, but you might try the 22mm Endmill.
Essay Options for Deep Work: Choose One Option #1 In a 1,000-word essay, defend, refute, or complicate Cal Newport's argument that Deep Work is an invaluable asset to your personal and professional life while Shallow Work and the mindless Internet habits that accompany it is a liability that results in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Critical Thinker
Essay Options for Deep Work: Choose One Option #1 In a 1,000-word essay, defend, refute, or complicate Cal Newport's argument that Deep Work is an invaluable asset to your personal and professional life while Shallow Work and the mindless Internet habits that accompany it is a liability that results in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Critical Thinker
Essay #3 Options for Essay Due 4-25-17 Choose One of the Following: One. In the context of Caleb Crain's "The Case Against Democracy" and Ilya Somin's "Democracy vs. Epistocracy" support, defend, or complicate the argument that an uninformed public lacking adequate critical thinking skills cannot support a democracy as we... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Critical Thinker
Schedule from 3-22-4-19 Spring 2017 3-22 Essay 2 Due. "Green Guilt" 25 3-27 "The Great White Way" 68 and "Understanding Black Patriotism" 55 3-29 "People Like Us" 62 4-3 “Prudence or Cruelty?”, 172 "Cutting Food Stamps Will Cost Everyone," "The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
In two paragraphs, about a page, explain what Ta-Nehisi Coates means by "kleptocracy" in the context of his essay, "The Case for Reparations." Then develop an analytical thesis that shows how Jordan Peele's movie Get Out builds on the notion of kleptocracy to further its powerful themes of microaggressions and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Schedule from 3-22-4-19 Spring 2017 3-22 Essay 2 Due. "Green Guilt" 25 3-27 "The Great White Way" 68 and "Understanding Black Patriotism" 55 3-29 "People Like Us" 62 4-3 “Prudence or Cruelty?”, 172 "Cutting Food Stamps Will Cost Everyone," "The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Forks Over Knives (96) and Lo and Behold (98) for English 1A. Requiem for American Dream 72, Merchants of Doubt 92 and Happy 75 for English 1C. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
English 1A on Monday and Wednesday 3:45-5:30 and 6:7:50 in H316. English 1C on Tuesday and Thursday 2-3:25 and 4:15-5:40 in H311 at 2 and H208 at 4:15. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay Option #1: Develop a thesis that in the context of the documentary Merchants of Doubt addresses the question: Should we have faith that "reason and faith can defeat propaganda and falsehoods." Or is such a message optimistic bias rooted in delusion? Essay Option #2: Develop an analytical thesis that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay 1: Deep Work: Argue for against notion that "deep work" is necessary for achieving elite success. Essay 2: Narcissism and Bartleby, Winter Dreams, or The Other Woman. Essays 3 and 4: Various Essay 5: Irresistible: Argue or or against author's warning about destructive properties and how persuasive he is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay #3 Options for Essay Due 4-25-17 Choose One of the Following: One. In the context of Caleb Crain's essay, "The Case Against Democracy," support, defend, or complicate the argument that an uninformed public lacking adequate critical thinking skills cannot support a democracy as we tend to idealize democracies but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Critical Thinker