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A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN

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Consumers do not see this coming

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Meri Weathers on Thursday. 5 Replies

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Evangelicals Breaking Up with Jesus (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 28. 10 Replies

Has evangelical Christianity lost sight of Christ?  Seems to me that there are a whole lot of evangelical Christians who are presuming to represent Jesus by not representing him or misrepresenting him or – let's be honest here – talking out of their…Continue

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How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 27. 15 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 24. 21 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Water! Access to fresh water declines as populations grow, temperatures rise, immigration increases!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Bobby May 15. 7 Replies

What are their options? The aquifer that provided a necessary element for successful crops for the past 100 years is predicted to dry up in 20 years. Four generations of farmers in one family may probably not be able to last for the fifth…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on April 26, 2018 at 9:24am

Have fun in the woods, Randall. Is it the mosquito season yet? Stay well covered if it is.

Joan, I remember talking to economics students during my time at university. Some were barely literate but knew all the right equations. They told me that anyone who could come up with a mathematical model of the economy that was correct 50% of the time won the Nobel prize. That means that 'our' best people are only right half the time. Political economy, the kind of things Adam Smith, Ricardo, Bentham, Marx etc discussed with words was seen as out of date.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 26, 2018 at 9:17am

There are a lot of good teachers out there but they don't get the support they need and deserve any more. Those I know have become disheartened over the last few years. At university level there are many who know their stuff but are not always good at teaching others. The important thing for them is getting published in the right journals.

Comment by Plinius on April 26, 2018 at 8:51am

The best teacher I had watched me with a pleasant sort of surprise in her face - the message was clearly; "Wow, what else can you do?" After that - I was twelve at the time - I taught myself. I always considered it a great gift that she helped me take hurdles, and I never forgot to pay it forward to my own students. At the end of this season I'm going to quit teaching, the firm I worked for is going to close and after almost 30 years of teaching it's about enough. I only keep one group in another place for now.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2018 at 8:11am

Seconded, Randall, regarding teachers.  I've had my share of great teachers over the years, even at Case Tech, where education techniques were far less valued than expertise in the specific field.

For myself, I taught maintenance and troubleshooting on the systems I worked on, and the feedback I got from my students was almost universally positive.  The thing is, I taught less out of any book (which I probably wrote anyway!) than from my own experience with those systems.  My goal was to empower those customers who attended my courses so that our communication could be better and more efficient when I couldn't travel to their sites to solve their problems.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 26, 2018 at 7:55am

Now for an FYI: I'll be gone for a week. I'm doing a Wilderness Volunteer service trip, camping and working in the Buffalo National River (park) in Arkansas.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 26, 2018 at 7:51am

Tom, I couldn't disagree more with the old saying about teachers. And I really take offense to it.

I was a science teacher. I never wanted to do anything else. My mother, grandmother, and great grandmother were teachers. I was born to teach and loved it. 

Yes, I know there are poor teachers, but from my years of association with educators, I'd say 90% were good teachers--certainly dedicated to the profession.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2018 at 1:40am

If you include teachers of economics, I agree with you. I had to unlearn much of what I learned in those courses. It becomes clear to me that citizens and politicians do not know how to develop fiscal policy in a way that benefits those who produce goods and services. The widening gap between rich and poor occurs as a result of the deliberate fiscal policies written by and for the wealthy. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 26, 2018 at 12:46am

Joan, I'm not so sure that fear breeds hate, unless there's something else that's either present or absent.

Around 1980, in a book on hormones I read that:

1) exposure to a danger results in the body's producing epinephrine, which energizes the body for flight, while

2) repeated exposures to that danger results in the body's producing nor-epinehrine, which energizes the body to fight.

It explained well my experience while doing some dangerous politics, but much has been learned in neuroscience since 1980 and that relationship may now be less certain.

Is there a hormone, or a region in the brain, that's associated with responses such as hatred?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 26, 2018 at 12:09am

Regarding the last resorts of those who can't do anything else, while in college I heard the following:

Those who can, do.

Those who can't, teach.

Those who can't teach, teach teachers.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2018 at 12:06am

The insanity of the brutal killing and injuring of so many innocent people by another deranged person reflects the instability of society. From where will the next assault come? 

Fear breeds hate. With the chaos and uncertainty of our political systems and the turmoil taking place between different religions, we feel vulnerable. Unstable individuals act out. 

Can we retain a sense of safety, stability, and security with all this clamor? 

 

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