Archive | November, 2016

Today, more that ever, I’m proud I do what I do

9 Nov

For the last ten years I’ve taught a rational thinking course to new undergraduate students, and with today’s  news I’m proud that that’s what I do. 

Over the years it’s looked at times that I was becoming redundant, with the demise of quack remedies like homeopathy, the understanding of complex ideas like global warming and the majority of new students finding conspiracy theories hilarious ! But this morning, I realise that teaching rational thought might be just about the most important thing I could be doing. We can live in hope that the parallels with Brexit are even closer than we thing, and that in the same way that ‘£350 million a week more for the NHS’ was rapidly forgotten about, President Trump will quickly say ‘I only said that stuff to get elected’. At the moment I can’t shift the thought of my lecture on ‘understanding historical complex’, and the disturbing parallels with 1933.

Anyway, amongst the fear I have renewed vigour for the importance of teaching rational thought. Although I suspect that my Week 11 lecture on ‘US v UK Cultural differences’ and my Week 24 lecture on ‘The psychology of politics’ may need quite substantial revision.

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