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  •   Back to chapter 2. The third chapter of Economics of Attention is where things start to get really interesting, at least for my interests. Lanham traces the evolution of text in an attempt to understand how it’s been used to convey meaning in ways that are beyond the actual meaning of the words. These include things like shape poetry, 3D letters, or even inserted painted stills in ancient manuscripts. More recently, this would include animated text as well. This is characterized as a way to attempt to efficiently add meaning – meaning through the words, but also meaning through […]

    Economics of Attention Ch3: What’s Next for Text

      Back to chapter 2. The third chapter of Economics of Attention is where things start to get really interesting, at least for my interests. Lanham traces the evolution of text in an attempt to understand how it’s been used to convey meaning in ways that are beyond the actual meaning of the words. These include things like shape poetry, 3D letters, or even inserted painted stills in ancient manuscripts. More recently, this would include animated text as well. This is characterized as a way to attempt to efficiently add meaning – meaning through the words, but also meaning through […]

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  • This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. I’ve received some important knowledge from this philosophy class over the past few weeks.  We began by learning about the individual and what actually defines a person.  It took me a couple of days, but I soon realized there isn’t a lot separating individuals from each other unless you include their perspectives.  Everyone in our class had a different perspective […]

    Rural Schools for Acceptance

    This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. I’ve received some important knowledge from this philosophy class over the past few weeks.  We began by learning about the individual and what actually defines a person.  It took me a couple of days, but I soon realized there isn’t a lot separating individuals from each other unless you include their perspectives.  Everyone in our class had a different perspective […]

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  • This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. What did I learn in this class? I learned that not everything is as simple as it seemed. I learned not to skim over everything, but instead take a closer look at everything. Not every question has an answer and not every plan works, but instead you need to make a plan that will do more good than harm. Walk […]

    Charity Apparel Design

    This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. What did I learn in this class? I learned that not everything is as simple as it seemed. I learned not to skim over everything, but instead take a closer look at everything. Not every question has an answer and not every plan works, but instead you need to make a plan that will do more good than harm. Walk […]

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  • This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. Philosophy is my life. Before I took this class, I would always ask “Why?” or “How?” but I did not realize critical thinking was a field of study. The great philosopher Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” This class has challenged me to dive even deeper into every day experiences. But what does all this knowledge […]

    Self Esteem

    This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. Philosophy is my life. Before I took this class, I would always ask “Why?” or “How?” but I did not realize critical thinking was a field of study. The great philosopher Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” This class has challenged me to dive even deeper into every day experiences. But what does all this knowledge […]

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  • I’m taking Cathy Davidson’s Coursera course on the History and Future of Higher Education, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect on some thoughts about higher education that were prompted in a pedagogy class I took last semester. In the book , Jo Sprague discusses four potential goals of education: Transmit cultural knowledge – pass on the great works of art, literature, and science of which any educated person should be aware. Transmit intellectual skills – teaching how to learn, the mind is a muscle that must be exercised. Transmit career skills – the skills and […]

    The Goals of Higher Education

    I’m taking Cathy Davidson’s Coursera course on the History and Future of Higher Education, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect on some thoughts about higher education that were prompted in a pedagogy class I took last semester. In the book , Jo Sprague discusses four potential goals of education: Transmit cultural knowledge – pass on the great works of art, literature, and science of which any educated person should be aware. Transmit intellectual skills – teaching how to learn, the mind is a muscle that must be exercised. Transmit career skills – the skills and […]

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  • This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. Philosophy definitely showed me how to think by using a different perspective. I learned that these perspectives have been named and studied for years. Making choices have so much more consequences to others more than just myself. Philosophy is the study of how I perceive things, but its nothing without others there to effect it. From this class I took […]

    Bringing Light To Others

    This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. Philosophy definitely showed me how to think by using a different perspective. I learned that these perspectives have been named and studied for years. Making choices have so much more consequences to others more than just myself. Philosophy is the study of how I perceive things, but its nothing without others there to effect it. From this class I took […]

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  • This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. Thoughts on philosophy class So many times we look at a problem and say “that’s awful”  “I wish there was something I could do”. And then we ignore it because we don’t think we can. Philosophy class really helped me find a lot of ways I can help. Sure it showed me there were more problems than I had thought […]

    People Like Us

    This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. Thoughts on philosophy class So many times we look at a problem and say “that’s awful”  “I wish there was something I could do”. And then we ignore it because we don’t think we can. Philosophy class really helped me find a lot of ways I can help. Sure it showed me there were more problems than I had thought […]

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  •    vs.  John Durham Peters writes in  Socrates and Jesus represent two contrasting but enduring models of communication.  Jesus serves as a model for dissemination, while Socrates models dialogue, which Peters claims has been widely accepted as the superior method. Socrates Socrates is well known for his dialectic method of engaging with others in a back and forth question and answer style of interaction. He himself never wrote anything down, and we only have documentation of his interactions thanks to his student, Plato. This refusal to write is an embodiment of his belief that it takes two people to philosophize […]

    Jesus vs. Socrates

       vs.  John Durham Peters writes in  Socrates and Jesus represent two contrasting but enduring models of communication.  Jesus serves as a model for dissemination, while Socrates models dialogue, which Peters claims has been widely accepted as the superior method. Socrates Socrates is well known for his dialectic method of engaging with others in a back and forth question and answer style of interaction. He himself never wrote anything down, and we only have documentation of his interactions thanks to his student, Plato. This refusal to write is an embodiment of his belief that it takes two people to philosophize […]

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  • This week we get in our first shipment of cloth diapers from our local diaper service, and Lea attempts to figure out how exactly cloth diapering works.  

    Ph.Dad: Cloth Diapering

    This week we get in our first shipment of cloth diapers from our local diaper service, and Lea attempts to figure out how exactly cloth diapering works.  

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  • This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. Philosophy Class I was a little nervous at first in philosophy class; we talked about some history of philosophy, which I wasn’t expecting much of.  I was ready to get to the “asking questions” part of the course. When we actually started asking questions, I realized I knew nothing about why. Why anything was the way it was, what it […]

    Water Shortages in Australia

    This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. Philosophy Class I was a little nervous at first in philosophy class; we talked about some history of philosophy, which I wasn’t expecting much of.  I was ready to get to the “asking questions” part of the course. When we actually started asking questions, I realized I knew nothing about why. Why anything was the way it was, what it […]

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