Archive for May, 2012

to blog...or not to blog

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Apostolos Koutropoulos asks whether blogging or participation in discussion forums is preferable for participants in a MOOC. But since it's a while since I participated in any course with him I would not have seen his question (or other stuff he has written in the interim) if it had been locked away in a course-specific […]

Rich People Aren't Job Creators - The TED talk that TED wouldn't play

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Nick Hanauer's TED Presentation About Why Rich People Aren't Job Creators was initially withheld from publication. So now it's up to others to make sure the message keeps getting repeated. Wealth concentration reduces total consumption (because the wealthy cannot actually consume as high a multiple as they earn and so just buy land and hoard […]

The Problem with Philosophy

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Philosophy seems to have a self-esteem problem these days. Partly it is a matter of depending for a sense of self-worth unduly on the opinions of others, but there is no denying that some of those opinions are negative. The Sokal event was in response to a particular school of apparent nonsense, but we also […]