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Posts published in November 2023

Schools of Hellas

To a Hellene education meant the training of character and taste, and the symmetrical development of body, mind, and imagination. He would not have included under so honourable a name either any course of instruction in which the pupils mastered their future trade or profession, or any accumulation of knowledge undertaken with the object of making money.

Not All Speech Should Be Allowed

When the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1789, the "Bill of Rights" restricted the powers of the federal government by means of a number of amendments. The first amendment reads:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This amendment clearly establishes the freedom of speech in America.

Seneca on Seclusion

I never spend a day in idleness; I appropriate even a part of the night for study. I do not allow time for sleep but yield to it when I must, and when my eyes are wearied with waking and ready to fall shut, I keep them at their task. I have withdrawn not only from men, but from affairs, especially from my own affairs; I am working for later generations, writing down some ideas that may be of assistance to them.

The Problem with AI

This morning, I woke up to find an email from Google, inviting me to give “Bard” a try. Bard is the AI chatbot developed by…

The Social Media Dilemma

“Digital marketing” is used to promote businesses on the internet today. Complex tools are available to allow businesses to get the attention of target audiences…

The Parable of the Talents

"Lord, I know that thou art a hard man; thou reapest where thou hast not sown, and gatherest where thou hast not strewed. And being afraid I went and hid thy talent in the earth: behold here thou hast that which is thine." (Matthew 25)

The Diet of a Scholar

Growing up, I was always active playing sports and exercises. If I wasn’t at football practice or playing a baseball game, I was playing pickup…

Examination of Conscience

This morning, at our Lay Dominican chapter meeting, a priest spoke to the group on Penance and handed out the following “Examination of Conscience”.

Arithmetic and Logistic

In Heath’s “History of Greek Mathematics” (Vol 1.), he provides a helpful distinction between “Arithmetic” and “Logistic”. This distinction has been lost in modern education…