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Reading _Weapons of Math Destruction_: the plan

Our new book club reading is Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction. In this post I’ll lay out a reading agenda, along with ways to participate. The way people read along in this book club is through the web, essentially. … Continue reading

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What we're reading next

Last week I asked you to help choose our online book club’s next reading.  Sixty-seven votes later, we have a clear winner. I’m happy to announce the book will be (drum roll, please)… Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction! This … Continue reading

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What should we read next? A survey

What should we read next for our online book club? We recently finished Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End (2006), a science fiction novel imagining changes to education and technology over the next few decades.  Now we’ll turn back to nonfiction, and … Continue reading

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A parable about change

When do we see change happening? I’d like to misuse a classic science fiction story as a kind of parable.  See what you think. In 1948 William Tenn published  “Brooklyn Project”, a time travel tale.  In it a dystopian government … Continue reading

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The Big Sort: fine, but not fine enough

In my work exploring the future of education and technology I keep researching social, economic, and cultural trends. One part of that involves investigating what happened to both American education and society since 1975 or so, after the generation when … Continue reading

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Reviewing _Homo Deus_, alas

In my work I have to track various attempts to predict or model possible futures.  Partly this is so I can follow methodological and professional developments.  Partly it’s to improve my thinking about the ways humanity could change. Sometimes this … Continue reading

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Reading _Rainbows End_: the conclusion

And so we conclude our book club’s reading of Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End (previous posts here).  With this post I’ll summarize the closing chapters, offer some reflections, and add some questions for discussion. I have to say the novel was … Continue reading

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How not to write about reading in 2017

Another day, another screed lamenting the decline of reading at the chilly hands of digital technologies.  This time it comes from one Philip Yancey, and offers a very Washington Post Goth/metal-sounding title: ‘”The death of reading is threatening the soul“. … Continue reading

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Reading _Rainbows End_: part two

What might education look like in the near future? Let’s explore by continuing our reading of Vernor Vinge’s 2006 novel Rainbows End.  Last week we read the first nine chapters.  Today we’ll look into the next ten, chapters 10-19. I’ll … Continue reading

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Reading _Rainbows End_, part 1

This week our book club starts reading Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End. In this post I’ll introduce the reading (up through chapter 9)*, sketch out the first nine chapters, offer some notes about the world, then ask some questions. For an … Continue reading

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