Archive for July, 2010

Do we really need these "new agnostics"?

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

The rise of the new agnostics. - By Ron Rosenbaum - Slate Magazine. is a childish rant against the so-called "New Atheists" based on the canard that Atheists display a credulous and childlike faith, worship a certainty as yet unsupported by evidence—the certainty that they can or will be able to explain how and why […]

Mythical Myths - #1: People read on the web

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Many of the items in this list of usability myths are genuine myths, but the very first one is not. There are two reasons that "People read on the web" is not a myth (by which I mean a widely believed falsehood). Firstly it is not widely believed, and secondly it is not false. Almost […]

Assessing Learning in #CritLit2010

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Stephen Downes post on Semantics at Half an Hour: Having Reasons is devoted largely to the issue of how to establish the well-foundedness aspect of knowledge as well-founded true belief. A large part of the discussion was devoted to the question of how confidently it can be asserted that "interesting learning" occurred in #CritLit2010. (With […]

Ulop's Theory

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

In the follow-up to #CritLit2010, Ulop OTaat (whoever he may be) has expressed a theory about what the educational theory called "Connectivism" is (or is not). Basically he appears skeptical of its value as more than just a new lingo without practical consequences: But that is all that connectivism does, add a different perspective couched […]


Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

#CritLit2010 is now over. I enrolled in this largely out of curiosity about what it would entail and in the knowledge that my travel plans for subsequent weeks would make it difficult to devote much time to it.  I was interested enough to go through most of the readings and to make some discussion entries […]