Sunday, February 08, 2015

Spheres of Reading

"Knowledge expresses itself as a fusion of pre-existing ideas," Aiden Arnold, a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of California, Davis' Center for Neuroscience observes. "Our own thinking involves permutations of basic elements into fascinating combinations," he continues in a recent essay in which he applies this data to the practice of reading to craft a tiered structure that channels the synthetic nature of our thoughts to facilitate our creative insights. Whatever your present system modus operandi  if any, "Combinatorial Knowledge and Reading in the Spheres" is worth reading.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Major Exodus

With decreasing mandated exposure to the humanities, fewer undergraduate college students are taking the introductory course that could awaken a lifelong passion for philosophy, history, or English. The latter appears to be one on the hardest hit with the rapid decline in English majors at the University of Maryland, College Park, reported by Colleen Flaherty in the pages of Inside Higher Education, a textbook case of a problem that is pervasive and growing.