Because they could

A Cautionary Tale by Kurt Borne   They made fire, because they could. They realized the effects were good. But they never considered how exactly it was that they could. They were just happy that they could.   They learned to write and share ideas, because they could. They thought, “Since we can it must be good.” But they never stopped to consider the wonder of it all, just that they could.   They ruled over others, because they could. “We’re stronger than them, so for us it’s good.” But they never stopped to consider the danger, and whether they … Continue reading Because they could

Brain, Interrupted

By Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson May 3, 2013 Technology has given us many gifts, among them dozens of new ways to grab our attention. It’s hard to talk to a friend without your phone buzzing at least once. Odds are high you will check your Twitter feed or Facebook wall while reading this article. Just try to type a memo at work without having an e-mail pop up that ruins your train of thought. But what constitutes distraction? Does the mere possibility that a phone call or e-mail will soon arrive drain your brain power? And does distraction matter — do … Continue reading Brain, Interrupted

Resolving To Help Others See A Bigger Picture

I’m not typically one for New Year’s resolutions, but based on what I’ve been witnessing in the workplace, in my hometown, and in the media, I think I need to make one very serious resolution, at least in my work. I work in the training and development field, and I often serve as facilitator to newly hired employees in the workplace. I am seeing a disturbing trend in many Americans’ attitudes toward their work and career. The trend is that many employees’ focus is so narrow and limited that they do not allow themselves to see and plan for a bigger picture, a … Continue reading Resolving To Help Others See A Bigger Picture

Youth + Internet = Learning about Tree Octopi

Will Our Youth Believe Anything They Read On The Internet? Just Ask The Tree Octopus By Brett Michael Dykes February 2, 2011 Every few months, almost like clockwork, an alarming report comes along purporting to show that the Internet is turning everyone’s brains — particularly the brains of this generation’s children — into mush. It’s apparently that time again. A few days ago Pearson, which bills itself as “the world’s leading PreK-20 educational publishing company,” sent out a press release touting a new study. Its title was attention-grabbing: “Schools Facing Learning Crisis Spawned by Internet.” Its opening line read: “Schools … Continue reading Youth + Internet = Learning about Tree Octopi