Blog 74. Common Ground on Hostile Turf

In her book, Common Ground on Hostile Turf, Lucy Moore shows that resolution of conflict depends more on the sharing of personal stories than on the facts, legal arguments, or moral claims of the parties. Continue reading

Blog 68. Ball, the Crazy Prospector

It’s time for a lighthearted story—but one with a purpose, of course.

Back in the 1940’s, when I was growing up in a San Luis Valley in southern Colorado, a retired forest ranger named Darley occasionally took me into some of his favorite haunts, Continue reading

Blog 64. New rigor in education?

New research in education actually looks not only at test scores, but uses technologies of videos and eyeball-detection hardware to compile data on when kids pay attention and how learning takes place. But there are also other, more political, movements to reform public education. Continue reading

Blog 60. Water flows uphill to money.

Sometimes the inquiring technical mind cannot pass an opportunity to analyze what’s going on in the surrounding society.  With me, that compulsion for analysis recently arose when the Forest Service announced it planned to approve a new pipeline to provide water for snowmaking on the local ski hill, some 2600 feet (more or less) above the town.   As they say in the dry southwest, whiskey’s for drinking, water’s for fighting. Continue reading

Blog 56. Ravens and the rate of change

Most of these blogs have been concerned with the progress (or regress) of society, where most of us notice that our communications, demands, and obligations seem to be increasing.  As noted by Gleick, society and daily living are changing, and the rate of change is increasing, too.  That is, the rate of change of the rate of change is increasing. Continue reading

Blog 53. Educable or corrigible?

Almost every individual person is educable.  I’ll define educable as being capable of learning from the mistakes of others.  Likewise, almost every individual is corrigible.  Corrigible means capable of learning from one’s own mistakes.  Institutions, like individuals, are educable.  Continue reading