Archive for September, 2012

What is a Fraction?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

A couple of Calgary Math Ed students have announced on LinkedIn that they are starting a Concept Study of Fractions. This is a good idea as the topic is often challenging for students and I suspect that one reason lies in its language. "A fraction is part of a whole" is consistent with the use […]

Obama at UN

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Transcript looks good except for one unfortunate adjective. It's a pity that the president of a nation founded on the principle of separation of church and state cannot name the state of Israel without identifying its established religion.

Why I do this

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

In the absence of any readers this may seem pointless but somehow I find it useful to keep links to things I come across and to record some of the thoughts I have about them. The WordPress tool lets me do this and although it might as well be private it feels as if even […]

"Exercising" Freedom of Speech

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Ophelia Benson takes offense at the claim by David Marliere that Charlie Hebdo's exercise of free speech may have been counterproductive (presumably to whatever goals he thought they were seeking to achieve).She responds to Marliere's "Of course people should be entitled to mock Islam and any other religion. However, in the current climate of racial […]

Paying for Murder

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

When I see a report like this that some Iranian foundation ups price on Rushdie's head I wish that I had deep enough pockets to offer to pay double any such bounty to the killer of whoever offers it - and if anyone were to set up a foundation with that objective I would gladly […]

The Limits of Science—and Scientists?

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

A recent column in Nature by Daniel Sarewitz, which could have been a welcome meditation on the power of religion to stimulate art which "speaks to the soul", is marred by overstatement and an inflammatory headline. Nature's on-line editor Ananayo Bhattacharya comes to the defense with an article on Discover magazine's 'The Crux' website which […]

Networks of Fear

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The events in Bangalore reveal new evidence that, in the parlance of social capital theory, electronic networking is more effective at producing “bonding” capital within groups than “bridging” capital between them. n+1: Broad-Gauge.

#lyinryan

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Well if that hashtag isn't already trending I'll be very surprised! Watching the RNC on Wednesday night Connie and I were impressed by Paul Ryan's speech. He certainly sounded like a smart fellow with lots of "leadership" potential. And he had a lot of detailed "facts" at his fingertips. Although I am a Canadian with […]