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Thought of the Day: We Often Forget that Our Nation’s Independence Day is Founded First and Foremost on Philosophy

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An idealized depiction of (left to right) Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson working on the Declaration (Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1900) that has been widely reprintedMany nations celebrate some form of Independence Day.  Many of these are the dates of the start or end of a war.  But in the U.S. we celebrate not the fact that the rebels won our first civil war (which we call our Revolutionary war as I will discuss in a post soon), we instead celebrate the date where we made a clear statement of the intellectual concept of human rights. This is not fully unique to the United States and the specific rights were borrowed from John Locke’s philosophy.  But, none the less, it was an important statement, and one that has had a huge impact upon our entire world.

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July 4th, 2014 at 7:03 am

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Thought of the Day: “The Internet will not be so much a technological revolution, as it will be a social revolution”

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The Internet will not be so much a technological revolution, as it will be a social revolution” – Jacob J. Walker, circa 1995

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June 22nd, 2014 at 11:59 am

Thought of the Day: “In an age when humankind has the hope of world peace…”

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In an age when humankind has the hope of world peace, but the technology for total annihilation, it is now more important than ever for every human to have as relevant and accurate understanding as possible of this interconnected world, and this understanding must start with education. – Jacob J. Walker

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June 14th, 2014 at 11:59 am

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Thought of the day: “Often in politics it is the blind leading the ones they are trying to blind.”

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Often in politics it is the blind leading the ones they are trying to blind.
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April 2nd, 2014 at 11:39 am

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Thought of the Day: “If you want to always be right, then admit when you are wrong.”

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Photo of smaller chancel window depicting 'The Truth'I have found in my life, that if I truly want to be right most often, then the best thing I can do is to admit when I’m not right.  Or to simplify, and slightly overstate things, if you want to always be right, then admit when you are wrong.

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March 6th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Thought of the Day: “Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”

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Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence

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February 21st, 2014 at 11:59 am

Thought of the Day: Narrow Contextualization leads to Narrow Opinions, especially when Charts are Involved!

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I recently read a cross-post on my friend Ted Deppner’s Facebook (Ted is a long-time friend who I consider very intelligent, but we often disagree).  In his cross-post, he shares a chart from John Stossel (And, I should share that I have appreciated some of John Stossel’s reporting, such as his reporting on education in America, although that too was not necessarily completely “objective” reporting.) But, in the case of this chart, I think it clearly shows how one can “lie with statistics”, or maybe more accurately that statistics are often used to support the presentation of an idea, not to support the creation of an idea.

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February 20th, 2014 at 4:59 am

Thought of the Day: Am I part of the 99% or the 1%?

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Chart of U.S. income inequality. The data come from this table: http://www.econ.berkeley.edu/~saez/TabFig2008.xls on Emmanuel Saez’s website at University of California, Berkeley.

The Occupy Wall Street movement says We are the 99%.  And it is clear the income inequality within the United States is staggering, and that we don’t generally recognize it, as this video clearly shows with clarity. With a median household income of $53,046, the “average” household in the U.S. has extremely less income than the top 1% of the U.S.  And I will disclose that the U.S. median household income is very close to my family’s household income.

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February 19th, 2014 at 11:56 am

Thought of the Day: The Computer Science Gap

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Draft California ICT Icon combining an On/Off symbol with a Wi-Fi symbolI just listened to an NPR story about the failure of the U.S. Educational system to prepare our nation for tomorrow’s jobs in Computer Science. This was NOT new news to me, but I’m glad to see it getting some national attention.

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February 17th, 2014 at 11:56 am

Thought of the Day: Science is the belief, that within a context, the likely accuracy of one belief over another is dependent upon evidence.

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Science is the belief, that within a context, the likely accuracy of one belief over another is dependent upon evidence.

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January 29th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

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