I teach communication skills to computer science students. I am very interested in all kinds of communication including written, spoken, interpersonal, graphical, and visual.
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But do have kids if you can... they'll break your heart in 1001 ways, but you'll know you have a heart and you'll know it's many dimensions and you'll learn ways to carry on somehow with a heart held together, as best you can, with duct tape and sidewalk gum.
My dad was a human rights and social justice activist.
He said, "An unrocked boat is a sunken ship."
and, "Quiet persuasion will usually produce one result: quiet inaction."
My step-father used to say, "Ask me anything. I have more answers than you have questions." - my older brother said he found that quite comforting. My step-father did have a lot of answers.
Both amazing guys. My father died at 42 after 20 years with my mom. My mother remarried ten years later and spent 13 amazing years with my step-father. He was 66 when he died. While she had offers of marriage, she decided at that point that she didn't want to bury any more husbands.
I recall an episode of The Prisoner like that. Everyone in The Village insisted that Patrick McGoohan's character was someone else. The whole amazing series, broadcast in 1968-69, involved people messing very seriously with his brain. Most of Hubski is too young to remember this show. Was it ever rebroadcast?
Amazing -- the actual fireworks were terrifying, but the memory was awesome.
I actually console myself when I'm going through something awful by thinking of myself telling the story of it the next day. But I'm not sure this is true. After writing this blog, I'm not too sure of anything...
Interesting how in agreement, for the moment, the Hubski Philosphical Society is.
- hell, reality is subjective
Anyone out there familiar with the "perception check"? Maybe I'll blog on your question BLOB_CASTLE.
Yes. Canada's treatment of and relationship with First Nations has been bad, very bad, and criminal. The attitude of previous governments has generally been, "Why don't they just accept that they are a colonized people and get over themselves."
The attitude of the First Nations people is this: No justice, no peace.
This is a long sad story with some progress occasionally -- land claims settled in some provinces, bands becoming self-sustaining. Climate change is affecting many of the communities in the north. The struggles will continue.
All "objectivity" is subjective. It is subjective because
1) we look at phenomena and experience through the lens of our culture and the constraints of our language to describe it
2) While language is wonderful and necessary, it also forces us to think within its constructions... the way two five-finger hands probably led us to conceive of the decimal system.
That's my subjective anwer. I imagine that if one studies logic, you might be able to construct a logical, rational argument without subjectivity. What do the rest of the Hubski Philosphical Society think?
I read your comments with anguish. You are absolutely right.
The tests need to be changed. The tests should have questions like: Write three questions you would ask the two Georges about the revolution: George Washington and King George III. Marks would be given on the ability to ask questions -- if marks have to be given at all.
Real teaching is subversive. The students will learn more from the model of a human being you present than from the content of their courses. That's the real challenge.
Whoops, just spent the last hour looking back on Ivan Illich's work and thought, particularly Deschooling Society (1970).
Quote of the day, both knowledgeable AND ridiculous:
- "I've had women I was so smitten with that they could have told me to divulge top secret CIA programs and move to Hong Kong and I would have gladly done so." - TNG
- The desire for humans to ask questions is remarkable. And it is even more remarkable to know that after decades of linguistic training, no chimpanzee has ever asked a question. No other animal on the planet has ever asked a question. Only humans do this. Who asked the first question?