Visit the lesson for a transcription of the informative captions.
Here are some highlights of the FFRF’s year 2011, including some examples of virtual billboards the Out of the Closet campaign:
*Source, Words and Women by Casey Miller and Kate Swift
See also A Handbook of Non-sexist Writing and its reviews.
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle described Ercongota, daughter of a seventh-century English king, as “a wonderful man.” No, she didn’t have a sex change. In her day, “man” was a true generic term meaning “person” or “human being.” Many older English writings do indeed use “man” in this sense. But, as this book explains, our language has changed, and this generic usage is no longer appropriate.
I grew up on “man = humankind” rhetoric so I can adjust to it but I now notice that it’s exclusionary.
This video shows typical scenes from the Reason Rally in Washington DC on March 24. The audio track is excerpts from Richard Dawkins’ speech to the rally.
Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers is a book that makes me think. Using statistics from demographics, education, sport, and individual biographies, he shows that a minor advantage caused by happenstance can translate into an insurmountable advantage years later. The happenstance is often being just a bit older when training or education starts. That accrues extra help and practice time and the snowball is rolling. At the end of the process, a sport or vocation is missing half its potential because half the population was filtered out at the start by happenstance.
Gladwell also maintains that expertise comes from practice and a lot of the difference in outcomes is derived from differential opportunity to amass the 10,000 hours of practising needed. He cites musicians in general, the Beatles, and Steve Jobs. He points out that most American self-made millionaires were born in a span of only nine years, 1831 – 1840, and that today’s most successful computer startup firms had founders with an even narrower range, 1953 – 1956. If you were older, you were settled into a different career and if you were younger, it was too late.
Another point he made was that there’s some level that’s good enough, after which more intelligence makes no difference to professional outcomes.
I’m only half-way through the book. Perhaps he’s cherry-picking his examples but it is thought-provoking.
When I see an ordinary book advertised for thousands of dollars, I assume it’s some kind of data error. It never occurred to me that it could be a result of runaway competitive pricing algorithms. But take a look….
I must find the source of this picture! It was published recently and shows the expansion of the universe though various stages.