Flotsam and jetsam (5/2)

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Good Reads

  • 7 Worst International Aid Ideas:  Maybe their hearts were in the right place. Maybe not. Either way, these are solid contenders for the title of “worst attempts at helping others since colonialism. (Matador)
  • Why to Read Nietzsche:  But as hard as he is to engage, Nietzsche is well worth coming to terms with for several reasons. He pioneered the strategy of discrediting Christianity by ignoring the question of its truth, in order to cut straight to his major complaint: Christianity is bad for human beings and other living things like the mind, the arts, and freedom. That attitude is probably the dominant tone of popular atheism in our time. (Fred Sanders)
  • Why the Smart Reading Device of the Future May Be…Paper:  Maybe it’s time to start thinking of paper and screens another way: not as an old technology and its inevitable replacement, but as different and complementary interfaces, each stimulating particular modes of thinking. Maybe paper is a technology uniquely suited for imbibing novels and essays and complex narratives, just as screens are for browsing and scanning. (Wired)
  • Life Worth Living: Christian Faith and the Crisis of the Universities: higher education (in the United States) is on a dead-end street because we have given up on university-based discussion of questions of deepest human concern: “What does it mean to flourish, not in one or another endeavour, but as a human being?” or, put even more succinctly, “What is a life worth living?” (Miroslav Volf)

Other Info

  • Check out The Future of Protestantism, a fascinating exchange recently hosted by Biola University and the Torrey Honors Institute on what “Protestant” means and how our definition of Protestantism shapes what we think its future looks like.

Just for Fun

  • This is a little long, but if you enjoy courtroom drama, check out this video of a lawyer getting rather frustrated when an IT guy claims not to understand what he means by the term “photocopier.”




One Response to “Flotsam and jetsam (5/2)”

  1. Adam Shields May 2, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    These ebook vs paper article drive me nuts. How many times are editors going to publish the same article. The author talks about how they are afraid they are not retaining as much, they love the convenience of the kindle but are concerned about the long term ramifications. Then they link to a bunch of studies (mostly in the late 80s and 90s) comparing retention when reading paper books and reading on computer screens. Then make some connections about how kindles may not be the best thing for reading (when absolutely none of the research looked at kindle or any other ereader).

    And recently the article have included a couple paragraphs at the bottom saying that more recent research that has looked at eink devices (and sometimes even computer screen reading) shows no real difference in retention. That it comes down mostly to preference and comfort level. And oh, by the way there is some research that smaller eink screens actually helps students that have ADHD or dyslexia.

    So the whole point of their article is basically null.

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