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Oct 27, 2015
The Washington Post has an interesting article concerning how to act less stupid here. According to a recent psychological study discussed in the article, stupidity commonly involves three kinds of behavior. The first and highest level of stupidity involves "confident ignorance." This occurs "when a person's self-perceived ability to do something far outweighs that person's actual ability to do it." Second, "lack of control" "is when someone does something because they have, on some level, lost their ability to do otherwise." Finally, "absentmindedness — lack of practicality" occurs when people "weren't paying attention or simply weren't aware of something." The Bible would also indicate that stupidity has a spiritual component as well, either in rejecting the Lord or His wisdom.
Oct 26, 2015
According to this article in The Atlantic, there is a movement to gain access to academic "paywalled" articles via Twitter. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I understand that some of the fees for accessing articles are too high and often in biblical studies there is little if any financial reward for the fruits of one's research. On the other hand, this appears to be a blatant attempt to circumvent legal access and probably violates copyright laws. Thoughts?
Oct 25, 2015
Those interested in Semitics (e.g., Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, Aramaic) night want to check out my friend Steven Anderson's website here for free charts and notes.