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It's fantastic working with such a smart group of thinkers. Check out our recent interview with *Rupert Sheldrake*…
 
Check out our wide-ranging interview with fascinating biochemist Rupert Sheldrake

http://bitly.com/sheldrakeinterview

Sheldrake, a Cambridge-trained biochemist and plant physiologist, is a prominent public intellectual often criticized for his controversial views on materialistic science.

Sheldrake has taken on the role of scientific “gadfly” in the proud tradition of Socrates, urging authoritarian, closed-minded scientists to question received wisdom and to remove ideological blinders.

He is also the author of numerous best-selling books, including:

A New Science of Life (1981)
The Rebirth of Nature (1990)
The Presence of the Past (1988)
Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home (1999)
•_The Sense of Being Stared At_ (2003)
• And, most recently, Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery (2012)

This interview focuses especially on Science Set Free (titled The Science Delusion in the UK), which concentrates on the scientific enterprise as such and the obstacles to its proper pursuit.

Read the interview here:
http://bitly.com/sheldrakeinterview
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This is the perfect parody of something that vexes me so… 

❝Someone Started #ClickbaitBooks And You'll Never Guess What Happened Next❞
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Join +The Best Schools in May as Rupert Sheldrake & Michael Shermer discuss the nature of science!

May’s topic will be: “Materialism in Science.”

Sheldrake: Science needs to free itself from materialist dogma; indeed, science misunderstands nature by being wedded to purely materialist explanations.

Shermer: Science, properly conceived, is a materialistic enterprise; for science to look beyond materialist explanations is to betray science and engage in superstition.

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http://www.thebestschools.org/special/sheldrake-shermer-dialogue-nature-of-science/

#education #science #STEM #apologetics
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Bar graphs criticized for misrepresenting data…

❝Researchers on Twitter denounce a common way to display data.❞

■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ Tweeters who agree
■■■ Actual people who care
| Edward Tufte

http://j.mp/1Ioydjx

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This is amazing.

The backwards bicycle illustrates how your brain needs neural ruts to do what we typically do everyday without much thinking…

Think about this: our brains get hardwired in childhood. Our worldviews are largely a result of such hardwiring. Understanding an opposing worldview, much less adapting to it, is very, very difficult.

Also: Knowledge ≠ understanding

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TVTropes + IMDB + gender stereotypes + #datavisualization = Joy: Stereotropes!

❝Some of the greatest reflections on society take place in film, through complex characters, often falling into familiar patterns called “Tropes.” Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can rely on as being present in the audience’s minds. Stereotropes is an interactive experiment, exploring a set of tropes authored by the community on tvtropes.org that are categorized as being always female or always male.❞

http://j.mp/1P1hHpG

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For any who are interested, Rupert Sheldrake is now beginning a three-month serialized dialog with Michael Shermer on “The Nature of Science.”

The opening statements on “Materialism in Science” were published just today (05/01/201).

http://www.thebestschools.org/special/sheldrake-shermer-dialogue-nature-of-science/

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Make it so!

❝*NASA may have accidentally discovered faster-than-light travel…*❞
http://j.mp/1zvEs3n

«So, what does this mean? Well, it's entirely possible that NASA just created a “warp bubble,” — while that sounds like something out a bad episode of Star Trek, it could also lead to a huge advancement in space travel technology. Traveling the distance between Earth and our neighboring planet Mars is still a one-way trip using conventional methods, but if the EmDrive were able to create something like a stable warp bubble and faster-than-light travel became a reality, that may no longer be the case.»

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Good read: Conrad Black: The shabby, shallow world of the militant atheist

❝It is in the nature of the world that we don’t know, but the decline of Christianity is much more of a delusion than God is and even more wishful, and the serious defenders of a divine intelligence such as the delightful John Lennox almost always win the argument, as he did with Dawkins and the rest. There is a long way between these two poles, and agnosticism is a much more rigorous position than the belligerence of the proselytizing atheists, but that is not a stance that stirs serious people to militancy. They have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.❞

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Wait—wut?

Paranoia catches Abbott’s attention: Gov orders Texas guard to monitor military exercises over fears of federal takeover

❝Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas Guard to monitor federal military exercises in Texas after some citizens have lit up the Internet saying the maneuvers are actually the prelude to martial law.

The operation causing rampant suspicions is a new kind of exercise involving elite teams such as the SEALs and Green Berets from four military branches training over several states from July 15 to Sept. 15

Called Jade Helm 15, the exercise is one of the largest training operations done by the military in response to what it calls the evolving nature of warfare. About 1,200 special operations personnel will be involved and move covertly among the public. They will use military equipment to travel between seven Southwestern states from Texas to California.❞

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/04/paranoia-catches-abbott-attention-gov-orders-texas-guard-to-monitor-military-exercises-over-fears-of-federal-takeover.html/
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The 7 #Story Types and What You Can Learn From Them

❝If your company is struggling with its brand identity, then it might be a good idea to think about what kind of story you want to tell. After all, there are only seven types. How hard can it be, right?

To give you some inspiration, here are how seven major brands use one of the seven story types to drive their content strategy.❞

http://j.mp/1P1mzei

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This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind

Key takeaway: See the last chart. The pace of change is increasing. Soon, we’ll change our minds before we even know what the issue is.

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  • SAGU
    BA: Cross Cultural Communication; Biblical Greek, 1986 - 1991
    Studied cross-cultural communication, with an emphasis in biblical languages (Greek).
  • AGTS (Seminary)
    MA: Theological Studies (Incomplete), 1994 - 1996
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Stuff I do: Word of mouth, photography, content marketing, social media marketing. Also freelance writer & editor.
Introduction
Marketing Director @ TheBestSchools.org

Previous haunts include visionSynergy, Logos Bible Software/Faithlife, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Zondervan, Christianity Today International, and the Assemblies of God national HQ.

In my off hours, I'm a writer, reader, blogger, PneumaBlogger, social media consultant, freelance writer, photographer, Flickrer & Instagrammer. wannabe “Pentellectual”…and Daddy-er.

I have too many interests. But I’m curious and love to collect ideas. I'll know what I want to be when I finally grow up… someday!
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Published freelance writer & photographer. Tableau Software certified. Social Media flogger & wary technologist. :)
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Content & Word of Mouth Marketing | Writer | Consultant | Photographer
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Writing, photography, analysis, creative solutions, Tableau Software, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Corel Paint Shop Pro, HTML & CSS.
Employment
  • TheBestSchools.org
    Marketing Director, 2015 - present
  • Free Agent
    Freelance, Consultant, Editor, Writer, 1999 - present
    Editing | Writing | Consulting | Technical Work | Strategy. See: http://www.linkedin.com/in/richtatum
  • visionSynergy
    Communications Director, 2014 - 2014
    » Manage digital communications (email, newsletters, blogs, reports, etc.) » Manage social network & social media channels » Community manager for an online curriculum community » Manage websites » Training and curriculum development » Content creation and creative production (graphics, podcasts, video, blogs, ebooks, etc.)
  • Logos Bible Software
    Word of Mouth Strategy and Public Relations, 2013 - 2014
  • Zondervan | Harper Collins Christian Publishing
    Word of Mouth Marketing Strategist, 2011 - 2013
  • Zondervan
    Content Management Engineer, 2011 - 2011
  • Zondervan
    Associate Publisher for Digital Resources, 2009 - 2010
  • General Council of the Assemblies of God
    Internet and Online Services Analyst, 1991 - 1999
  • Christianity Today International
    Internet Operations Manager, 2000 - 2004
  • Cornerstone Church (Madison, TN)
    Marketing and Media Director, 2007 - 2007
  • Christianity Today International
    Webmaster, 1999 - 2000
  • Zondervan
    Editorial Operations Manager, 2008 - 2009
  • Christianity Today International
    Online Media Managing Editor, 2004 - 2006
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