Key term: “Too”

28 06 2013

Key term: “Too”


The Secret To Being Memorable And Persuasive

31 03 2013

The Secret To Being Memorable And Persuasive:

Cut the adverbs?

14 03 2013

According to Stephen King, The Adverb Is Not [Our] Friend.

11 11 2012

Progress in GP

Disclaimer: this is very much a work in progress…

Introduction to Thinking

Key writers: A. C. Grayling, Julian Baggini


  1. The birth of celebrity
  2. Why we need heroes and villains
  3. Commerce = culture?
  4. Sport – no longer a game
  5. Media saturation and technology
  6. What is art today?

Key thinkers: Neil Gabler, Neil Postman, Marshall McLuhan, Walter Benjamin, David Hume

Life Examined

  1. Why study?
  2. Why school?
  3. The arts
    – On writing
    – On performance
    – On craft and architecture
  4. The sciences
    – Science
    – Mathematics
    – Economics and statistics
  5. Technology

Key thinkers: Ken Robinson, John Dewey, Immanuel Kant, GWF Hegel, Thomas Kuhn, Bertrand Russell, Karl Popper, George Berkeley


  1. What does it mean to be moral?
  2. What does it mean to be responsible?
  3. Rights and liberties
    – The right to our own body (e.g. abortion)
    – The right to equality (e.g. homosexual marriage, women in the workplace)
    – Animal rights
  4. The…

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How (not) to paraphrase like a Sir.

19 07 2012

Check out the comments for more attempts at excessive paraphrasing.

GP iPhone apps

3 04 2012

1. gp@mjc

A friend recently introduced me to a GP app by MJC (search the app store for gp@mjc). What I like is that the articles an snippets of information are organized according to your typical GP topics. I did find that it took a while to load though, and some snippets didn’t come with links to full articles. However, it’s the only GP-specific app I’ve seen, and I think it’s worth checking out. Thanks to Ling for the tip!

2. pulse

One GP-relevant apps that I absolutely love is ‘pulse’. Since a then-student recommended it to me last year, I’ve been hooked (thanks Darren!). The app allows you to subscribe to your favourite news sources, but what I like even better is the option to subscribe to top stories within certain fields. For example, if I subscribe to the top science stories, pulse will compile only the biggest stories (rather than just give me everything and make me figure out which stories are more important) – ideal for time-strapped students (and teachers).

3. intelligent life (by The Economist)

I’ve loved The Economist since the time I was a student, and this recently-acquired app is definitely set to become one of my favourites. I must thank my colleague, Gerard for the recommendation.

4. Flipboard

Recently recommended by Derek, this app reminds me of pulse, so I like this for most of the same reasons I like pulse (see above). I also quite like the layout and look of this app.

Have a favourite app that you find useful to GP? Feel free to share your favourites in the comments below!

The taxonomy of logical fallacies

26 03 2012

Logical fallacies fascinate me. Which is why I was particularly excited when I came across this gem today – it attempts to classify logical fallacies in a neat taxonomy. Check it out here.


Compile your own list of fallacious arguments from the newspapers, magazines and comments on any online forum that you encounter.