Bobby Seale on the New Black Panther Party [CNN Interview]

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Kathryn Schulz- Wrongologist

Kathryn Schulz is a staff writer for the New Yorker and is the author of "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error."

Of Men, For Men, By Men: Susan B. Anthony

Monday, July 20, 2015

from Lapham's Quarterly...

After forming the National Woman Suffrage Association with Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1869, Anthony went to the polls in November 1872 and was arrested a few weeks later for violating federal law. She held that the Fourteenth Amendment gave her, a U.S. citizen, the right to vote. The court disagreed, and Anthony was sentenced to pay a fine of one hundred dollars; she declined to do so.

Judge Hunt: The court cannot listen to a rehearsal of arguments the prisoner’s counsel has already consumed three hours in presenting.

Anthony: May it please your honor, I am not arguing the question, but simply stating the reasons why sentence cannot, in justice, be pronounced against me. Your denial of my citizen’s right to vote is the denial of my right of consent as one of the governed, the denial of my right of representation as one of the taxed, the denial of my right to a trial by a jury of my peers as an offender against law, therefore, the denial of my sacred rights to life, liberty, property, and—

Judge Hunt: The court can not allow the prisoner to go on.

Anthony: But your honor will not deny me this one and only poor privilege of protest against this high-handed outrage upon my citizen’s rights. May it please the court to remember that since the day of my arrest last November, this is the first time that either myself or any person of my disfranchised class has been allowed a word of defense before judge or jury—

read more of her response here

Game Theory- John Nash RIP

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Famed ‘A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash, wife killed in taxi crash

Explaining a Cornerstone of Game Theory: John Nash’s Equilibrium

John F. Nash Jr. was best known for advances in game theory, which is essentially the study of how to come up with a winning strategy in the game of life — especially when you do not know what your competitors are doing and the choices do not always look promising.

The film “A Beautiful Mind,” based on Dr. Nash’s life, tries to explain game theory in a scene in which Russell Crowe, playing Dr. Nash, is at a bar with three friends, and they are all enraptured by a beautiful blond woman who walks in with four brunette friends...

Dr. Nash did not invent game theory; the mathematician John von Neumann did the pioneering work to establish the field in the first half of the 20th century. But Dr. Nash extended the analysis beyond zero-sum, I-win-you-lose types of games to more complex situations in which all of the players could gain, or all could lose....

Classroom Management

How Not to Lose Control of a Class

What To Do When You Realize You’ve Lost Control Of Your Class

Political Typology Quiz

Dr. David Bradshaw, Professor of Philosophy at University of Kentucky

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Dr. David Bradshaw, Professor of Philosophy at University of Kentucky specializes in the philosophical division between the Greek-speaking East and Latin-speaking West. Interviewed by Russian clergy, he talks about the relationship between theology and philosophy. Several of his articles can be found online at the link below...

The invisible moral disintegration of the American religious right

Saturday, May 23, 2015

public ethics articles

Public Ethics studies: political theology, justice, morality et al

and maybe register for Khan academy

I teach them all the good I can, and recommend them to others from whom I think they will get some moral benefit. And the treasures that the wise men of old have left us in their writings I open and explore with my friends. If we come on any good thing, we extract it, and we set much store on being useful to one another. - Socrates, Memorabilia


In The News...

What we maintain is that in none of the problems of life can men afford to lose sight of the storehouse bequeathed to them by the ancients. In the complexus of everything which differentiates man from the brute creation, the voice of antiquity must be heard...

-H. Browne, quoted in "Classics and Citizenship" The Classical Quarterly, 1920