Let’s See What’s in the News Today (Nov. 17, 2014)


  • The book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is about a young man, Chris McCandless, who left his comfortable life outside of Washington D.C., gave his money away and burned the rest, and headed to the Alaskan wilderness.  Why did he do it?  To get away from the urban sprawl?  To get in tune with nature?  Chris’s younger sister, Carine McCandless, reveals why: to get away from abusive parents.


  • What makes someone a hero?  According Jason Brennan at Bleeding Heart Libertarians with a controversial post, probably not soldiers.


  • New university students who bought a fitness center membership in their first semester maintained higher grades and were less likely to drop out than other students.
  • Routine meditation can enhance creativity, by increasing the number, diversity, and originality of ideas while brainstorming.
  • Utah has a high rate of suicide.  One neuroscientist thinks he’s found out why: altitude.






  • Martial arts classes that emphasized building self-control, discipline, and character improved children’s willpower more than traditional physical education classes.  The study was done using Tae Kwon Do.

About shaunmiller

I have just completed a visiting position as an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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