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Logical Life Lessons Vol. 2

After the fun and craziness of Christmas, and looking forward to the new year, I feel it is time for another life lesson of the logical variety to start the year off on a logical note. Amid the aftermath of the sugary sweets and gratuitous gift-giving it can be easy to let our thinking parts stagnate in a simmering stew of simplicity. All alliteration aside (oops, I did it again), it’s important to always be thinking and engaging intentionally with others and the world around us. So without further ado, here’s this week’s lesson. Read More…

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Why Everyone Should Take a Class on the Holocaust

Another semester of higher education is behind me, and as always I feel somewhat overwhelmed by all the things I’ve learned the past few months. Of all the classes I took this semester, by far the most challenging was my Holocaust class. This class was recommended to me by one of my favorite professors, so I knew it was going to be good, and it was an honors class, so I knew it would be academically rigorous. What I wasn’t prepared for was how challenging it would be to me personally. In learning about the things that went on and the ideologies behind them, I was challenged to reevaluate the way I see many things in contemporary culture, and even my own life. There are many things I could go into about the Holocaust and the social makeup of pre-war Germany as well as Nazi Germany and the world at large prior to and during World War II, and those historical tidbits are fascinating and important, but what I’m left with after an entire semester looking at accounts and case studies of perpetrators and victims of the Holocaust is a burden to make sure that we never forget what happened, never forget the stories of survivors, and never forget that it could happen again — because it must not. Read More…

Logical Life Lessons Vol. 1

One of my favorite classes this semester has been a logic class that I initially took as an alternative to math and quickly grew to love. One of my favorite things about logic is that, unlike higher-level math, it has uses in the everyday lives of people who are not rocket scientists, engineers, or Albert Einstein. As I was thinking back about some of the ways logic applies to everyday life, I was inspired to share some of them with you, so I will be writing a few installments that I like to call, “Logical Life Lessons” because if you haven’t noticed, I like alliteration. So without further ado, LLL #1: Validity preserves truth, but does not guarantee it. Read More…