Medieval Walls of Ávila – Ávila, Spain – Atlas Obscura


via Medieval Walls of Ávila – Ávila, Spain – Atlas Obscura

Random Acts of Kindness


  1. Old laptop or mobile lying around? Donate it
  2. Is that litter on the floor? Pick it up and bin it
  3. Offer to babysit your siblings/cousins/nephews/nieces etc
  4. We all love surprises! Buy someone an unexpected gift
  5. Support a small, local business as a customer

The adversarial culture in philosophy does not serve the truth | Aeon Ideas


via The adversarial culture in philosophy does not serve the truth | Aeon Ideas

Adversarial criticism is commonly driven by a binary understanding of ideas. Claims are either true or false; arguments are either valid or invalid. If this understanding is correct, then the exclusion of false or invalid points does indeed seem to leave us with true ideas. If this were the case, criticism would indeed be a good way of responding to the proponent of an idea. But how well does this work in practice? The philosopher Catherine Hundleby at the University of Windsor in Ontario analysed how argumentation is taught to students and concluded that ‘argument repair’, in which the proponents of a position revise their argument in response to criticism, is greatly neglected. Instead, what is emphasised are quick tools for evaluating arguments by putting ‘fallacy labels’ onto them. This is less helpful than one might think because it’s purely negative.

WORD OF THE DAY


WORD OF THE DAY
Superannuated
soo-pər-ANN-yoo-ey-ted
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 17th century
1

Outdated, or obsolete

2

Too old to work; retired due to old age

Examples of Superannuated in a sentence

“Every time Apple releases a new model, a wave of superannuated iPhones are discarded.”

“After a few accidents at work, he was superannuated and invited to retire.”

Word of the Day


WORD OF THE DAY
August
aw-GUHST
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 17th century
1

Inspiring admiration by displaying great dignity or grandeur

2

(Proper noun) The eighth month of the Gregorian calendar

Examples of August in a sentence

“Her august appearance incited a standing ovation as soon as she walked on the stage.”

“August is a busy month for us with birthday parties and barbecues every weekend.”

Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of SOS? In 1904, the Marconi Company established “CQD” as the first international radio distress signal. Two years later, this signal was replaced by the “SOS” signal. “CQ” stood for “seek you” and “D” stood for “danger.”

~~~

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”