Monthly Archives: January 2011

Should I read ‘The Moral Landscape’?

The subtitle of Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values can be read in two ways. One would point to a book I might be interested in reading, the other to one I could dismiss in … Continue reading

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More MOOCs

Massively Open On-Line Courses allow large numbers of people to participate at varying levels of commitment in a process of shared learning. Part of the openness aspect is that there are many avenues of participation and rather than relying on … Continue reading

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Rodney Dangerfield Award

The Rodney Dangerfield ‘No Respect’ award for 2010-11 has to go to John S Wilkins for two of his recent posts. First he complains on behalf of his discipline that it gets no respect from the scientists whose work it … Continue reading

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Stop The Meter?

I’d like to hear more of what someone like Stephen Downes or Michael Geist thinks about this. (Both have reported the campaign but not really made a clear statement of their own reasons for doing so favourably.) To me, the … Continue reading

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Muslim Reactions to Violence

What a contrast between this and this!

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Sunrise and Sunset at Solstices

It is curious that the days of shortest and longest periods of sunlight (which just about everyone knows are due to the tilt of the earth’s spin axis relative to the plane of its orbit)  are not everywhere the same … Continue reading

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Denis Dutton

For several years now, Arts&Letters Daily has been my favourite source of on-line stimulation. Sadly, its founding editor, Denis Dutton, died on December 28.

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