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Shared Knowledge / Language

Wittgenstein’s Lion

Even if a lion could speak, we couldn’t understand it. If we don’t have the background knowledge, then words can be known but meaningless (eg two gamers talking about World of Warcraft)

Cross-cultural simulation (similar to Mercho/Gofi)

NaZa Cross cultural sim

Analysis of US gun deaths

Maps positive & negative correlations (Note: statistical links, not causation)

Spoon feeding Laura & Claudia

NY Times Opinion
See also related links box

Bullet control

How reliable are the social sciences?

Authority in social science vs science given greater complexity (and randomness of behaviour) of humans vs natural world.

Lies of US History

I saw similar in Lies My History Teacher Told Me, but it’s nice to have a few of these sorts of thingĀ on the web for easy access. (There’s a little bit of naughty language if you don’t like ‘sh!t’)

I like the way he critiques the story, then asks if we should really believe that. Reminds me a little of when I just make random stuff up in class to see if the kids are actually listening – or just gullible!

Might even use this for TOK in the history section – easier than digging outĀ  Reynolds v Windschuttle stuff, and this has pictures!

‘The Talk’ – a whitefella realises (again) how lucky he is

I get a daily newsletter of Eureka Street with a couple of articles each day. Often they open my eyes to a side of Australia I’m completely unaware of. This is one of those.

In only a few hundred words, it outlines “The Talk” that African-American and Aboriginal parents give their kids when they are old enough to go out in public. “Never leave a shop without a shopping bag”, “never get in a lift alone with a white woman”, “never put your hands in your pockets when talking to the police”.

The Civil Rights movement may have been in the 60s, but there’s still a long way to go.

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