Critical Thinking: How and Why

Learning isn’t what it used to be. Jobs aren’t either. With the ubiquity of our cell phones, which often masquerade as an added appendage, up-to-date knowledge is no longer something that can be memorized. Subjects that at one point were thought to be settled, like history, today are updated at an unprecedented rate. Now, the ability…

Saving Daylight?

  The pain of losing an hour, only to gain it back later in the year might be worth it if we thought we were being more energy efficient. Modern governments like to use that idea as the support behind continuing this practice. [1]  But where did that idea come from and is there really…

Indigenous Culture and the Rest of the World

Societal peer pressure often pushes us to think that any moral person knows saving indigenous culture [1] ,[2] is the right thing to do. Many of the motivations for that belief are the ways minority cultures have been and still are treated. Most Americans know how appallingly our country has treated Native Americans and a handful of other people…

Parent Like a Boss

The unification of sperm and egg may or may not be anyone else’s business, but once that cute little bundle of flesh makes its appearance outside the womb everyone has an opinion about what should be done with it. There are disagreements on everything from the style of a child’s clothes, to the point at…

Another Path to the Middle Class

  College is not just an educational institution. It’s a definition of achievement. It is a proud moment when the first person in a family graduates from college. College separates statuses. It’s something you can rub in the Joneses’ faces, along with your stainless steel coffee mug and power tie. But is it the only…

Recycling, a Solution, or an Excuse?

Garbage is an overwhelming problem for humans. We invent awesome things then, before we know it, we have no use for them and trash them. Recycling has kept some of the garbage we produce from stagnating underneath unnatural ski hills in our cities. Recycling has even turned into a source of revenue for some cities, according…

Space: The Future of Humanity or Over-Hyped Diversion?

Space: the Final Frontier, as they say. We are getting closer every year to making space travel as accessible as diving under the waves, or jumping out of a plane. Beyond the entertainment of those with means, does space travel have any thing to contribute to the rest of us, or to the human race…

Bullying

  Everyone has known or been a bully. They are a school stereotype right alongside the nerd and the jock. It is an accepted role to assume, and to some a necessary relationship to endure. In modern times schools have begun to declare war on this character, encouraging their student body to see this role…

Non-Profit, For-Profit, or Something in Between?

  When you want a problem tackled, possibly even in a creative way, who do you call? A non-profit. In this new world where we evaluate everything for usefulness, some people are questioning whether non-profits should exist, and if they do for how long. [1] Some say if you want to solve a social ill…

Homelessness Today

We all have had some kind of encounter with the homeless. Maybe your experience was similar to my early experience with them. I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We didn’t see the homeless on street corners or benches. If we wanted to see the homeless we went on a field trip, or an excursion. It…

Abortion and the Whole Woman

  Abortion and the Whole Woman Abortion is unnecessarily a polarizing issue. Simplifying it into pro and anti camps dehumanizes women and distracts us from the real problems that women are facing. Let’s lay some groundwork, and get to know what abortion is. Then we can look at the women who find themselves at abortion’s…

Statistics and Research

on my search for truth and answers on topics that matter how do I know I can trust the information I find?