Tag Archives: philosophy

There’s now a kids’ version of “Atlas Shrugged” for your libertarian third grader

Is Harry Potter not entrepreneurial enough? Does Charlie not sufficiently appreciate the economic contributions of the Chocolate Factory? Is there too much sharing in The Giving Tree? If you feel fiction for middle schoolers is altogether lacking in its celebration of free-market principles, there’s a solution: a kid’s version of Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand’s (more…)

It’s better to understand something than to know it

“Knowing” and “understanding” are related concepts, but they’re not the same. Each is a distinct mental state involving cognitive grasp: Knowing is static, referring to discrete facts, while understanding is active, describing the ability to analyze and place those facts in context to form a big picture. Without knowledge, understanding is impossible. (more…)

Modesty isn’t a virtue, it’s a tool to keep women in their place

Judging from Shakespeare, the very sight of a modest woman pushes men into extravagant fantasies of matrimony. “I burn, I pine, I perish,” cries Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew, “If I achieve not this young modest girl.” Modern men are less explicit about their desire for demureness, but there’s still (more…)

Advice on how to predict the future, from a professor whose job is to predict the future

For a futurist, Richard Watson has funny ideas about time. The British writer and lecturer teaches students, governments, and businesses “disruptive futurology,” or how to think about tomorrow, while rifling through month-old Sunday papers—in print!—skimming dated headlines. When I met him, Watson has just delivered the keynote speech at SDL Connect, a (more…)