At a time when information is increasingly cheap and wisdom increasingly expensive, this gap is where the modern storyteller’s value lives.
The industry has committed itself to an arms race for my students’ attention, and if it’s me against Facebook and Apple, I lose.
In an environment like this, students need support for the better angels of their nature (or at least the more intellectual angels), and they need defenses against the powerful short-term incentives to put off complex, frustrating tasks. That support and those defenses don’t just happen, and they are not limited to the individual’s choices. They are provided by social structure, and that structure is disproportionately provided by the professor, especially during the first weeks of class.
It’s me and them working to create a classroom where the students who want to focus have the best shot at it, in a world increasingly hostile to that goal.
What is in your mind palace?
"For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not the flesh but we have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Because we don’t have to devote much conscious effort to the act of walking, our attention is free to wander—to overlay the world before us with a parade of images from the mind’s theatre. … Walking organizes the world around us; writing organizes our thoughts.
Here’s the original poster for that special day. Colin Firth was supposed to voice Paddington, but in June they realized that his voice wouldn’t fit the character, so that probably caused the delay :/
Media invite from before the first iPhone launch.
Will Sept. 9 change everything again?
If you could imagine what a next-generation bank might look like, LendingClub may very well fit the description. So when the company’s shares start trading n the coming months, Wall Street will be paying very close attention, for more than one reason.