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. … Continue reading A Home for Historical Storytelling: Part 1
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 … Continue reading Klosterman’s Razor and the Obdurate Present
The short answer: because literature makes humans human. Literature benefits humanity in many ways. Aside from the general mental health benefits of reading and the associated activities, literature fosters empathy within readers; it connects the present to the past (or perhaps in genre fiction, to the future); its “story truth” gives way to a more … Continue reading Why do I study Literature? Why should anyone?
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 … Continue reading Not “save me from the world,” but “save the world from me.”
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 … Continue reading Gamify Learning
I know I haven't posted in some time. I'll get back into things once the fall semester kicks off and I can set a more stable posting schedule. For now, just enjoy...
We all joke about “first-world-problems,” but life in the twenty-first century is tough in some very peculiar ways. First, our days are spent in front of some kind of glowing device — touching one screen, scrolling down another. Many people work all day, sitting at a desk and staring at a computer screen, just to … Continue reading In Defense of the Artifact and Tangible Living