If you had the option to choose a job that truly suited you, how might you assess the opportunity before you? The accompanying diagram points to four… Read more “4 Criteria for Joy in Your Job”
Through good times and bad, a college education provides a huge advantage –– by at least about 2 to 1 –– in the labor market. Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2014.
If you are willing to be puzzled, you can learn. If you’re not willing to be puzzled, and just copy down what you are told or behave the way you’re taught, you just become a replica of someone else’s mind.”
~ Noam Chomsky
2010 (in an interview)
Saint Thomas Aquinas set the thing rolling very clearly with the question: ‘How many sorts of created things are there?’
“The answer is four. There are those which just are as stones; those which are and live as plants; those which are and live and move as animals; and those which are and live and move and think as man.
“The changing order of complexity between the stone and virus is just one monstrous step. The other steps are not just changes in complexity, but are changes in the order of complexity.
“The gross initial step is the ability to use information at all. On the whole, the physical universe is without information.”
~ Gregory Bateson
…if you are not like everybody else, then you are abnormal, if you are abnormal , then you are sick. These three categories, not being like everybody else, not being normal and being sick are in fact very different but have been reduced to the same thing.”
— Michel Foucault, (2004)
‘Je suis un artificier’.
In Roger-Pol Droit (ed.), Michel Foucault, entretiens.
Paris: Odile Jacob, p. 95.
(Interview conducted in 1975.
This passage trans. Clare O’Farrell.)
In 1962, leading psychologist Abraham Maslow met with some college students at the New School and answered questions that arose. One of the issues concerned friendship. Friendship… Read more “Maslow on ‘Friending’”
In Slavery and Freedom (1944), [Nicholas] Berdyaev described three forms of time or modes of existence in which all people live—cosmic, historical, and existential. Cosmic time, nature’s… Read more “Living in Three Types of Time”
Adult humans differ from one another in their individual inheritance, their personal biology, their specific life experiences, their unique perceptions, and their highly idiosyncratic interpretations of the… Read more ““Stages of Adult Development” are a Myth”
As the body of human knowledge grew over the ages, and as the social and cultural life of our species became more complex, the value of older adults increased as well.
This is why natural selection has favored a relatively long human life span despite the fact that the female reproductive potential typically ends in the late forties.
Clearly, when it comes to human beings, the capacities to teach, to transmit wisdom and skills, and to serve as a repository for the culture are just as important as the capacity to reproduce. The complexity of today’s global society and the variety of skills required to master those complexities only amplify the importance of the older adults among us.
~ Gene D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.
Living a principled life based on morals and conscience doesn’t mean you will live like a perfect saint without flaw. None of us can do that. Conservative… Read more “A public apology, and lesson in private personal growth”
Neuroscientist Dr. David Eagleman suggests that there is room in one’s life between basing one’s beliefs on either faith without evidence, or empirically-based proof. The alternative, Eagleman suggests, is… Read more “Between Religion and Science, Possibility”
To an optimist the glass is half full. To a pessimist the glass is half empty. To an efficiency expert, the glass is twice as big as… Read more “Glass Half-full or Half-empty?”
If you pay attention to human development, psychology, or how people’s attitudes progress over a lifetime, I urge you to check out Up –– a longitudinal documentary series… Read more “Watching a Generation of Lifetimes: The ‘Up’ Series”
Unlike Hindi films, modern North American films rarely embed the hero in the thick traditions and obligations of family history. It is a rare movie indeed when we meet the hero’s parents.
We don’t meet the parents of Hollywood heroes because many of our culture’s iconic superheroes are orphaned. Or might as well be.
Batman’s parents are dead; victims of a violent crime. Superman’s folks died in a disaster on a far away planet. Luke Skywalker was the son of a mostly absent, and decidedly bad, father. He barely had a mother. (The character that appeared later in the Star Wars franchise, played by Natalie Portman, was an afterthought.)
At a time when the very definition and role of family in our culture is muddled (perhaps because it is in transition), we might not be surprised that our cultural heroes seem to spring forward without parental guidance and support. Or in spite of it.
Yet, the Batman and Superman narratives go back many decades to their comic book origins in the mid-last century. Perhaps they helped set us upon the path we find ourselves today.
Still, no matter how the entertainment industry construes the hero’s journey, social relationships early in life have a profound impact on shaping how each of us perceives, interprets, and relates to the world.
Given a choice between nurturing parents or becoming orphaned, even most Superheroes probably would take the hugs.
If you own an iOS 5 device or have access to a computer with iTunes on it, you now have a portal to more than a half-million lectures, videos,… Read more “Free College Education for iTunes Users, iPhone and iPad Owners”