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Creativity, Education and the Gift of "Stress" Print E-mail

Psychologists have long recognized that for most of us there is a creative "sweet spot," or (perhaps more accurately) a "sweet zone," somewhere on the continuum between a complete lack of stress and disabling distress. Most of us need the variety of inputs life brings, including experiences of dissonance and difficulty and tension, in order to achieve some level of creative output. This "sweet zone," because it is broader than a single point on the continuum, varies from one person to another, obviously; but, for any particular person, it may also vary from one situation and activity to another.

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Religion News 1-15-13 Print E-mail

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We're still here..... Print E-mail

We're still here....

If you are reading this blog, the Mayans were wrong. Or, at least, the Maya interpreters were. The world did not end on December 21.

Apparently the Russians were on the edge of their seats over the whole end of the world, Mayan calendar thing. According to an article in the New York Times on December 1, reports were coming in from all over Russia about aberrant behavior linked closely to the Mayan calendar: "Inmates in a women's prison near the Chinese border" were experiencing "collective mass psychosis," wrote Ellen Barry from her journalistic perch in Moscow. "In a factory town east of Moscow, panicked citizens stripped shelves of matches, kerosene, sugar and candles." and "a huge Mayan-style archway" was being built on Karl Marx Street in the city of Chelyabinsk. I'm really not sure why you'd need any special supplies if the world were about to end - though it is never a bad time to stock up on duct tape!

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Civility through dialogue Print E-mail

The late A. Bartlett Giamatti, former Commissioner of Major League Baseball and former President of Yale University, said, “Civility is the core of civilization.” Given the cynicism and polarization that appears all too common today, one wonders if we’ve collectively lost our core.

It seems that the dearth of civility in our society typically occurs in emotionally charged arenas like politics, social issues, or religion. People feel so exceedingly passionate about these issues that they often lose any semblance of objectivity. Instead of being open to other points of view they seek reinforcement of their own ideals and are intolerant of dissent. This resistance to understanding maintains ignorance, heightens intolerance, and greatly contributes to incivility.

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