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Let yourself be challenged,
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The first time I read the word “edutainment” was in philosopher Steven Asma’s “Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums,” a book that, incredibly, was an absolute page-turner. In his latest work, “Against Fairness,” Asma demonstrates that he has honed the craft of edutainment to a fine art. Here he argues that Western -- or at any rate U.S. – culture has gone over the top in striving for universal “fairness” and that we need a good dose of natural, old-fashioned favoritism based on kinship ties and bonds of affinity and affection. While one might not agree with all his conclusions, his perspective is elegantly argued. Along the way, he provides the reader with fascinating information about alternative cultural constructions, neuroscience, numerous philosophical schools of thought, and much more. At base, it is a book that examines how sloppy our language and our semantics have become and that – with affection and humor – challenges us to examine both our ideas and our expectations.
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Initial post: Jun 19, 2014 1:03:08 PM PDT
Femme Vitale says:
Let yourself be challenged? How about, "No!". Heck no. Wither, Marxist.
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