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

Books

  • 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.

Ethics

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

Health

  • 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.

Justice

Relationships

Religion

Technology

Willpower

  • 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.
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About shaunmiller

I am a Ph. D student at Marquette University. The primary purpose of this blog is to get my ideas out there, and then have other people scrutinize, critique, build upon, and systematize beliefs. This blog will sometimes pertain to what I'm learning in my classes, but it will occasionally deal with non-classroom issues that I'm thinking about as well.
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