Category Archives: Education

Idiot America by Charles Pierce

Idiot America How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free Charles Pierce (2009) This short confection of a book has a serious message… When “cranks” become mainstream and large segments of the population take them seriously, our entire society is at risk! He’s not against people with unconventional ideas, in fact he […]

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

Amusing Ourselves to Death Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business Neil Postman This important book helps explain the current state of our society, media, and education. Postman begins by contrasting the two great futurist novels, 1984 and Brave New World. He concludes that Huxley made the better prediction—no need for a police state when we have […]

Edward Tufte Short Course

Just back from attending this short course by the master of “intelligent design” himself Edward Tufte. It was well worth the time and effort! I’d recommend it to anyone who prepares or presents information with a computer (ie, just about everyone!). His insights are numerous and often challenge conventional wisdom. His bottom line is to […]

PowerPoint is Evil by Edward Tufte

This Wired Article sums up Tufte’s analysis… “Slideware may help speakers outline their talks, but convenience for the speaker can be punishing to both content and audience.” His Cognitive Style of PowerPoint essay costs $7 and is essential reading for anyone who wishes to avoid the mind numbing effects of this invasive tool. An excerpt, […]