31 8 / 2014

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Every year, I try to do at least two things with my students at least once. First, I make a point of addressing them as “philosophers” – a bit cheesy, but hopefully it encourages active learning.

Secondly, I say something like this: “I’m sure you’ve heard the expression ‘everyone is entitled to their opinion.’ Perhaps you’ve even said it yourself, maybe to head off an argument or bring one to a close. Well, as soon as you walk into this room, it’s no longer true. You are not entitled to your opinion. You are only entitled to what you can argue for.”

A bit harsh? Perhaps, but philosophy teachers owe it to our students to teach them how to construct and defend an argument – and to recognize when a belief has become indefensible.

The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful. And this attitude feeds, I suggest, into the false equivalence between experts and non-experts that is an increasingly pernicious feature of our public discourse.

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31 8 / 2014

wired:

This handcrafted, $7,500 re-designed yurt is waaay cooler than your house. Plus, it beats a year of rent in New York City.

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31 8 / 2014

I love West Wing

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31 8 / 2014

prettybooks:

Click to enlarge! I’m hopefully taking part in #BookADayUK (but it’s not restricted to just the UK) next month. I took part in June when it was hosted by The Borough Press and posted a photo a day (but most people participate on Twitter). This month it’s hosted by We Love This Book. See my previous posts.

#11 - Best book recommended by a librarian
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prettybooks:

Click to enlarge! I’m hopefully taking part in #BookADayUK (but it’s not restricted to just the UK) next month. I took part in June when it was hosted by The Borough Press and posted a photo a day (but most people participate on Twitter). This month it’s hosted by We Love This Book. See my previous posts.

#11 - Best book recommended by a librarian

<3 <3 <3 <3

31 8 / 2014

bookriot:

Snap up one of our awesome READ READ READ tees and sport the best in bookish fashion. For under $20 (that includes shipping!), wear that reading pride proudly.

bookriot:

Snap up one of our awesome READ READ READ tees and sport the best in bookish fashion. For under $20 (that includes shipping!), wear that reading pride proudly.

31 8 / 2014

31 8 / 2014

"Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you."

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind (via bibliophilebunny)

31 8 / 2014

ifyougaveagirlabook said: Glad you found a club! :) So did Authority tie up some loose ends in Annihilation?

Authority is written from a different person’s perspective - the new director at the Southern Reach. We follow him while he tries to tie up those loose ends. I would say it asks more questions than it answers, but we get much more information. It’s why I’m looking forward to the 3rd book. :)

29 8 / 2014

bibliocracy-now:

The following is a guest post from my colleague Ryan Vernon (find him on Twitter here). It originally appeared on the BCLA listserv; with Ryan’s kind permission I am sharing it here in the interests of making it more widely available.

I really appreciate [colleagues who have affirmed] the…

29 8 / 2014

bibliolectors:

Reading / Leyendo (ilustración de Marie-Louise Gay)

bibliolectors:

Reading / Leyendo (ilustración de Marie-Louise Gay)

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