Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Milgram Experiment

Social experiments help us understand human behavior. This one, from the early 1960s, was designed to understand authoritarian command and obedience in situations of moral conflict, particularly Nazi war crimes.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

China populating Africa: It's a two way partnership

Sir Francis Galton, pioneer of eugenics, the theory that Hitler embraced in his thoughts of a supreme German race, wrote in 1873, that China should send people to populate Africa. While the idea didn’t get immediate traction, 750,000 Chinese settled in Africa in 10 years. A strong presence has been developed and an infrastructure is being established.

It seems that this was a very strategic move on China’s part because mutual supply and demand now exist between the two and a strong business connection has been developed, in the face of significant international displeasure. China needs resources and Africa needs someone with which to trade, but that doesn’t mean that everyone is happy.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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Friday, February 26, 2010

The Data Deluge

This is an article by The Economist that describes the incredible increase in data that we're experiencing in the 21st century. I think we'll be faced with some big issues and opportunities in the future. Actually the opportunities are right now. I wish I could figure out what they are.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Will your Grandkids be Christians? Barna Update

Excerpts from

"...The research data showed that one pattern emerged loud and clear: young adults rarely possess a biblical worldview. The current study found that less than one-half of one percent of adults in the Mosaic generation – i.e., those aged 18 to 23 – have a biblical worldview, compared to about one out of every nine older adults."

"George Barna, who has directed this tracking research since the early Nineties, pointed out, “There are a several troubling patterns to take notice. First, although most Americans consider themselves to be Christian and say they know the content of the Bible, less than one out of ten Americans demonstrate such knowledge through their actions. Second, the generational pattern suggests that parents are not focused on guiding their children to have a biblical worldview. One of the challenges for parents, though, is that you cannot give what you do not have, and most parents do not possess such a perspective on life. That raises a third challenge, which relates to the job that Christian churches, schools and parachurch ministries are doing in Christian education. Finally, even though a central element of being a Christian is to embrace basic biblical principles and incorporate them into one’s worldview, there has been no change in the percentage of adults or even born again adults in the past 13 years regarding the possession of a biblical worldview.”
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Barna concluded by noting that the lack of movement in the worldview status of adults reflects the fact that children are not provided with the basic ability to think in ways that correspond to foundational biblical teachings. He noted that Christian families, Christian schools, and Christian churches would be wise to invest more effort and tangible resources into helping young people understand and adopt the core ideas of Christianity, and to reinforce those concepts through their own lives. His pointed out that without such an investment, the current generational patterns indicate that the future Christian Church is likely to be one that has even less of a connection to biblical principles than is evident today."

Friday, January 30, 2009

Learning resources and free online classes

Recently I've been studying to test out of some of the general education courses in my degree. Along the way I've found some great resources to peruse or maybe for use in homeschooling.

Friday, January 9, 2009

The Man Who Lost His Body

25 years ago, Ian Waterman caught a virus that destroyed half his nervous system. He was left like a rag doll, with no sense of touch below the neck and no idea of where his limbs were unless he could see them. The doctors told him that he would never walk, feed himself or dress himself again. Yet, against all the odds, he has made an apparently miraculous recovery. How has he managed it? What does his story reveal about the extraordinary capacities of the human brain?

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