Practice presentations: real-life situations

Choose a real-life situation from the following list for your 10 minute practice presentation. 1. Apple vs FBI Apple is opposing a court order issued at the behest of the FBI to unlock an encrypted iPhone 5c used by the shooter who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December, beginning a showdown likely […]

Faith Unit – Reading

Choose one of these novels to read in your own time over the course of the unit. As you read, reflect on… How this book engages with the topic of faith. How the understanding you gain from this book might be different from the kind of knowledge you could acquire in other ways (e.g. by […]

DP1: The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

By Ursula K. Le Guin download a PDF of the story here. With a clamor of bells that set the swallows soaring, the Festival of Summer came to the city Omelas, bright-towered by the sea. The rigging of the boats in harbor sparkled with flags. In the streets between houses with red roofs and painted […]

DP1: Human Science Experiments

Submit your group’s proposal for a human science experiment as a comment to this post. It should include: – a list of your group members – a hypothesis – a description of your intended method, including: – your step-by-step procedure – where you will carry out your experiment – any equipment or apparatus you might […]

Robot doctors, online lawyers, automated architects

From The Guardian: Knowledge-based jobs were supposed to be safe career choices, the years of study it takes to become a lawyer, say, or an architect or accountant, in theory guaranteeing a lifetime of lucrative employment. That is no longer the case. Now even doctors face the looming threat of possible obsolescence. Expert radiologists are […]

Do dogs love us back?

Too often have I wondered whether my dog is attracted to food over me. Here’s an article that explores the topic. However, if you pay attention, at the end the scientists refer to intuition as a valid way of receiving information and making judgments about the currently unknowable. Interesting read.   http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/04/16/400102668/scientists-probe-puppy-love