“You’ve got these kids, and they’re creating these worlds, and they think they’re just playing a game, but they have to solve some of the hardest problems facing humanity.” Continue reading
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Blog 81. What makes humans human?
I’ve been observing how our practice of religion, and our practice of political beliefs, are often more of a social nature than developed from an evaluated philosophy. Continue reading
Blog 75. Water, Water, Worries Everywhere
A week ago, the governor of California ordered a 25% reduction in water use. Well, the 25% statewide reduction will turn the big lawns brown, as they should be in this climate, Continue reading
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 70. Emergencies, Disasters, and Fears
The headline reads, “Americans Unprepared for Natural Disasters.” The article is not sensational journalism. 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 63. Hope
A scientist looks at problems to solve, not at things that are well understood and running smoothly. Continue reading