Category: education

Learning About Middle-East Politics and Governance

May 16th, 2015
As one of fourteen million courserians the world over, I take these free courses in the interest of enlarging my understanding of the real world, that is the environment that can be verified by a collaboration of our senses, rational argument and high p… more »

What did the philospher Kierkegaard find appealing about Socrates and how did their common views impact modern society?

May 5th, 2015
One sticks one's finger into the soil to tell by the smell in what land one is. I stick my finger in existence - it smells of nothing. Where am I? How came I here? What is this thing called the world?" - Kierkegaard, Repetition (1843) Kierkegaard, a… more »

Professor on the Green

April 21st, 2015
I met a very engagingly friendly and chatty individual the other day while out lawn bowling between our club AGM and the annual start-up banquet. While bowling with this rather tall, balding professorial-looking man, I learned that looks, in his case, c… more »

Craig Wright's Course on Appreciating the Classics

February 16th, 2015
Professor Craig Wright, an eminent musicologist from Yale University's School of Music, is presently given an eight-week-long course, through Coursera, on how to appreciate classical music. I am taking this online course to sharpen my understanding of h… more »

Thomas Fleming's "Worlds Apart" - a History of Public Education in BC

December 8th, 2014
As one of British Columbia's leading authorities on public education over the past hundred years, Dr. Fleming, with this book, has gone on record as being very critical of its performance to date. This little study provides a detailed history and assess… more »

Behind Which Door?

October 29th, 2014
As baby boomers most of us remember Monty Hall's "Let's Make A Deal" and the three-door trick where Hall would attempt to tease his contestants into switching doors in search of a bigger prize. It has always been thought that Hall was really manipulatin… more »

How did the West Indian slaves negotiate the planters' rule?

October 15th, 2014
The general lot of slaves in the West Indies during the middle of the 18th century, according to anti-slave advocates like William Dickson, was precarious at best and outrightly horrendous at worst. Brought over by slave traders from west Africa to work… more »

Analyzing a primary document

October 2nd, 2014
Notes on Second Reading(Makhdum’s “Tohfut-ul-Mujahidan”) 1.How does Makhdum describe the first da Gama voyage of 1497? -pulled into Calicut at the start of the storm season(Monsoons) -small fleet with no big plans to do any trading; just scout out th… more »

A Turning Point in World History

September 23rd, 2014
My thoughts gleaned from eight pages of a primary document(The King Of Portugal's private diary) that will be used for an essay for a course called 'History Lab" offered through Princeton University. This is part of my contribution to the group effort -… more »

Essay: To what extent did the major cultural regions of Afro-Eurasia sustain their territories and institutions under new political dynasties?

September 20th, 2014
The dominant political and economic force in the Afro-Eurasian sphere during the 12th and 13th centuries was undoubtedly the various branches of the Mongol-Tartar dynasty. According to Marco Polo in his "Travels", everywhere he went in his travels along… more »
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