Thursday, November 3, 2011

Last Words

Steve Jobs' last words were OH WOW (according to his sister). I try to remember (though I don't always do a great job of it) that the existence of this world is incredible. Seriously. Think about how much of a coincidence it is that your parents met, that their parents met, that their parents parents met and on and on back to before we were human. That is some kind of ridiculousness right there, even if you're not into evolution. We are so lucky to be around! Wow!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Slate: Against Single-Sex Schooling

I agree with this post from The authors recently published an article in Science about how schooling girls separately from boys isn't a good idea. They bring up 3 points:
  1. Research on single-sex schooling hasn't found evidence to support that it is better than the usual mode of education. Effects of economic background, selective admission, and extra resources and mentoring account for the success of many single-sex schools.
  2. Folklore holds that boys and girls learn differently, but neuroscience doesn't support the notion.
  3. Schooling separately reinforces gender-stereotypes.
What's your take on the issue?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Plain Dealer

Even though it is Tuesday, I just now got around to the Sunday Arts section of the Plain Dealer.  (Mental Floss and a book called Brain Works have been distracting me lately) I read an article about a guy who's making a movie about an Irish Clevelander who goes to Ireland for the first time. It sounds like it could be a decent movie, but what I'm more interested in is the burgeoning film scene here. This summer I half considered trying to be an extra in the Avengers, but got lazy. Hopefully, more and more movies will get made here and we can all enjoy the fun of it.