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Blurbs define us and tell us who we are

It’s great to have a Twitter account and a blog, because they offer a person a way to organize her or his thinking and learn from other people. My topic concerns the nature of reality. How do we make sense … Continue reading

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Most recent newsletter from the Friends of Fort York & Garrison Common; a more readable font size would require shorter texts (it will probably never happen)

I have been following the newsletter from Friends of Fort York & Garrison Common for some years. I find the newsletter contents of interest, on occasions when I get around to reading it. I also think a larger point size … Continue reading

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Stories and frames

Stories drive outcomes Storytelling is wired into our brains. Stories are part of who we are. The frame, within which a story is presented, is a story in itself. Stories can lead to real-world consequences as the following blog post notes: … Continue reading

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Studies regarding mass killing during Guatemalan civil war

A Jan. 6, 2015 Guardian article is entitled: “Ex-Guatemalan officials arrested over civil war killings and abuses” The subhead is entitled: “The suspects face charges of crimes against humanity involving massacres and disappearances of people by security forces under their command.” … Continue reading

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Anthropology of the Brain: Consciousness, Culture, and Free Will (2014) suggests our minds extend beyond our bodies

Update A May 23, 2017 Quanta article is entitled: “The Thoughts of a Spiderweb Spiders appear to offload cognitive tasks to their webs, making them one of a number of species with a mind that isn’t fully confined within the … Continue reading

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Japan: A Concise History (2015) critiques narratives related to humanity’s impact upon the environment

Updates: A Sept. 30, 2015 New York Times article is entitled: One of the World’s Most Powerful Central Bankers Is Worried About Climate Change.” An Oct. 1, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “Mark Carney wants business to calculate the fossil … Continue reading

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Essentialism as an element of postmodernist discourse

In August 2012, I spent time writing blog posts about a book by the historian Peter Burke dealing with the role of cultural theory in the study of history. I was interested to learn, in the foreword or introduction to the book, … Continue reading

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Architectural drawing represents ideas in form. Building information modelling (BIM) simulates experience.

A blurb for The Death of Drawing: Architecture in the Age of Simulations (2014) distinguishes between architectural drawing and building information modelling (BIM). Drawing, the blurb notes, which “allowed architects to represent ideas in form,” has been displaced by computations as “the chief … Continue reading

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Information update regarding Harry Boshouwers, MCHS Alumnus who passed away some years after graduating

We owe many, many thanks to Henk Boshouwers, who has shared the following information (I checked with Henk first, to ensure it’s okay if I post it) about Harry Boshouwers. Henk Boshouwers writes: You refer to the passing away of … Continue reading

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Glen Gatenby argues that William Faulkner’s 1918 flying lessons in Toronto launched the writer’s literary career

I’ve read many accounts of William Faulkner’s stay in Toronto where he took flying lessons with the aim of becoming a First World War fighter pilot. On occasion, I’ve observed that a writer, describing the novelist’s stay in Toronto apparently accepts, … Continue reading

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