A Home for Historical Storytelling: Part 1

Life today is different from life at any other point in history. But that really is not true. Life today is moderately different from that of any other period in history, but it does share one important thing with every period in history: people. It may seem like I am trying to be "cute" here.…

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Klosterman’s Razor and the Obdurate Present

Chuck Klosterman's But What if We're Wrong? explores the way we view current ideas compared to the way we view ideas of the past. What that more practically looks like is complicated. The gist of Klosterman's thesis is that the present can be better understood if viewed through the same paradigm through which we look…

Not “save me from the world,” but “save the world from me.”

In this very interesting article Can Jesus Save the World From Christians?, Pastor Morgan Guyton expresses his belief that as Christians, we must be seeking sanctification and justification from God rather than what he calls "afterlife insurance" that is auctioned off at many churches in America these days. "Afterlife insurance" speaks toward the way that salvation is…

Gamify Learning

James Paul Gee talks about the relationship between gaming and education and the flaws within the education system that games address. I am going to write up an article on gaming and education after I do some more research, I am interested in unconventional sources to incorporate in learning. And gaming in the classroom seems…

Ralph W. Emerson’s “Blight”

For the sake of saving space and time, I won't post the entire poem. You can read it all here at Emerson Central for yourself. But I want to highlight and talk about a few key passages. "Blight" essentially follows the course of the devolution of scholarly and academic pursuits. This description makes this poem sound like…

Interrupting Forever

"we should always remember the cruel phrase, so often repeated, which says that what's past is past...on the other hand, thanks to what we, in current phraseology, call historical awareness, [believe]  that the living should never be separated from the dead and that, if they are not only will the dead remain forever dead, the…

Only a Story?

Daniel Sloss** is a rising comedian in the UK. He is a pretty funny fellow. In this TEDx Talk he makes some very interesting points about the nature of storytelling and comedy. Some of what he says aligns itself with the research and writing of Peter McGraw and Joel Warner in their book on humor studies, The…