"…in order to most successfully navigate life, we must build capacity in the movements life demands of us. When injury befalls us, these movements also provide the best rehab for meeting life’s demands."
On CrossFit and Risk - Julie Foucher

Ken Taylor: The Benefits of Philosophy and Reason

Best of 2013 — My favorite books, movies, and articles/blogs from last year

It is the end of the year, which means it is time for one of my favorite activities…making Top Ten…

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Friends!

I’m excited to share that I have accepted the position of Assistant Director/Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Wood Libraryin Canandaigua, NY. I will be starting in late January and am looking forward to working with the director and staff…

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"But focusing on the individual writers and thinkers misses the point. The fact that so many of us are writing — sharing our ideas, good and bad, for the world to see — has changed the way we think. Just as we now live in public, so do we think in public. And that is accelerating the creation of new ideas and the advancement of global knowledge."

I’m excited to be the 2013 recipient of the New York Library Association’s SMART Fellowship Award. This means that I’ll be attending the NYLA Annual Conference at the end of September where I’ll give a brief presentation about the ways in which I’m using…

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"But the dirty secret of American higher education is that student-loan interest rates are almost irrelevant. It’s not the cost of the loan that’s the problem, it’s the principal – the appallingly high tuition costs that have been soaring at two to three times the rate of inflation, an irrational upward trajectory eerily reminiscent of skyrocketing housing prices in the years before 2008."

Alain de Botton’s Twitter feed is one of the best there is for anyone looking for quick, thought-provoking ideas. This one from earlier in the month is a favorite. So true in every aspect of life…

Enough romanticism about ‘creativity’: it’s about work,…

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"Consider, for instance, the growing inequality in the United States today (and in the world generally). This development can’t possibly be explained by the fact that ‘some individuals are talented and work hard, while others lack capabilities and drive’ – as libertarians and neo-liberals are wants to claim. On the contrary, it is important to see that our present set of U.S. institution is deeply flawed. The system permits a handful of persons to inherit billions at birth due to rather arbitrary property, tax, and inheritance laws, together with a crumbling public educational system, etc., while other individuals inherit a crack addiction in utero, are born into dire poverty and a racist culture. How could fairness ever emerge from such unequal — and thoroughly undeserved — starting points? A few individuals may indeed buck the odds of their birth circumstances and claw their way to the top, but statistically speaking these individuals are pretty insignificant. In fact, recent studies have revealed that social and economic mobility — and the chances of individual advancement due to his or her talent — is far greater today in ‘socialist’ Europe than in the U.S."

If you want to know what is happening in the small town where I live in upstate NY, then you read the local weekly paper. It has been that way since the 1800′s. The papers in the nearby cities do not carry local information the residents here need. For…

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