“The Oxford Manner is the ability to play with ideas gracefully”

–Stephen Fry

I chose the featured image is because I started out looking for a graceful dancer, but then stumbled on fire dancers. What better way to depict playing with ideas gracefully than with fire? Potentially dangerous, and those that can do this without burning themselves are artists. Click “more” to see the video source for the quote. Continue reading ““The Oxford Manner is the ability to play with ideas gracefully””

Where Ideas Go to Die

Acknowledge the idea, and then let it go.

So many ideas, so little time. Sometimes my mind feels awhirl with ideas of things I want to do, blog posts I want to write, or cool projects that would be fun to work on. I only have 168 hours in a week though, and I thought that one way I could ease my mind and at least acknowledge my ideas is to just write them down and move on. Hence, this post–where ideas go to die.

Ahh… I feel better already. Continue reading “Where Ideas Go to Die”

Critical Thinking Crash Course with Peter Boghossian

Being humble about what one claims to know goes a long way. If someone asks you a question and you don’t know the answer, you say “I don’t know.”

I enjoyed this extremely short, well-organized, and dense lecture on critical thinking from Peter Boghossian. I’ve listened to the first part of it many times in order to internalize the content, and I am going to take notes on here so that I can retain and repeat it down the road.

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The 10 Commandments of Epistemology

Be better at having discussions with people that have ideas different from your own.

I’ve made the plunge and I purchased the Atheos app. I highly recommend you do so as well if you are a lover of knowledge and would like to be better at having discussions with people that have ideas that differ from your own. While the app mostly applies to having discussions about religion, I’ve found myself using the method for navigating political/social issues too. In summary, here are the themes, or “10 commandments” of Epistemology. Continue reading “The 10 Commandments of Epistemology”