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    Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin...

    "cultivating the lexicon of love and levity"

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  1. Perhaps they'll learn from one another.
  2. They come in handy now and then.
  3. We discussed it before committing as well, and he got the snip, because it's a less invasive procedure than the equivalent for the female.
  4. As per the details of the OP narrative, that's what I would do. The wife (or if the situation was reversed, the husband) isn't obligated to shoulder responsibility for the actions/decisions/obligations of anyone else, including her SO.
  5. My husband had us sit through the following film this evening: "Open the door you'll find the secret, To find the answer is to keep it. You'll believe it when you find Something screaming across your mind: GREEN SLIME! What can it be, what is the reason? Is this the end to all that we've done? Is it just something in your head? Would you believe it when you're dead? GREEN SLIME! GREEN SLIME!"
  6. Yes indeed we are. Ask not what PoMo can do for (or has done to) you, rickster, rather ask what haven't you done for PoMo! So what have you found to be truthful in the world, rickster, and unaffected by either propaganda, or subjective biases, or flawed truth-detecting theoretical frameworks? That's the question I want to ask. "Some objective truth" is fine, yep. See my wee question above this quote of yours ^ , where I put the popcorn-man-emoji.
  7. English major here. The tests and examinations that my English profs used during my undergraduate degree assessed several dimensions at once: reading/writing/comprehension skills, higher-level critical thinking abilities, in-depth content knowledge, our research know-how and, of course, our ability to analyse literature (and everything involved in that). I got lucky with my particular school and instructors. There were no formal sit-down 'tests' or 'examinations' for the MA or PhD. We were assessed differently, mainly through research papers, seminars/presentations, theses (MA), and dissertations (PhD). Edited to add: The BEd involved not only formal tests and exams, but also projects, essays, seminars, presentations, quizzes, and - of course - practicum. That was a very busy degree.
  8. Whether or not I correct someone's mistakes is situation- and person-specific. Some situations call for correction (such as whilst fulfilling my job duties, or if the mistake will affect myself or others in adverse ways), whereas other situations, that just aren't critical, don't merit correction (such as a stranger or acquaintance mispronouncing a word, or making a spelling/grammatical error). Some people are less touchy about being corrected than others, so that figures in. My husband and I aren't touchy about having our errors pointed out (including by one another...it's done out of kindness and concern for precision, after all), but his mother pitches a fit, or has a crisis, if she is shown to be in the wrong about something. I never correct my mother-in-law about anything. My husband does.
  9. No problem. I figured you had misinterpreted.
  10. No one made such a claim regarding admin costs. Note that Monte and I work in completely different countries, disciplines, and university systems. If you want to know about rising admin costs at a particular university, and why they've gone up (by whatever percentage, over a specific time period), you'd need to access the stats on that, if these have been made available to the public.
  11. Make your baby the focus, the overarching purpose, so that whatever you do now (with regard to tackling and solving your problems) is in service to, and for the benefit of, that overarching purpose. All the best to you.
  12. Not sure what I want. I had a good lunch today, and don't need to make dinner tonight, and I just don't feel very hungry. Only one solution: tomato sandwich.
  13. Can you be racist to white people? Yes, I think so. 'You' can be racist to anyone, and anyone can be racist. You can even be racist towards yourself. Believing yourself or others to be inferior or superior to another race, or maintaining that all members of a specific race have certain qualities that make them superior or inferior to other races, and even prejudging people according to race, are forms of racism. It's therefore racist to judge yourself or others in either positive or negative ways by basing this judgment on the fact that you or they belong to a designated racial group.
  14. Following back. TBH - I have no idea what following / being followed does here. 

    1. Madden


      Neither do I! :laugh:

      It's in place of 'friending' at the moment, I think.

    2. gcarver


      Works for me! 

  15. I agree wholeheartedly that postmodernism (as a loose collection of theories, practices, concepts, expressions, definitions, mad theorists, analyses, etc. etc. etc.) has been co-opted and re-branded to enable a cultural atmosphere of 'anything goes'. This isn't a flaw of 'PoMo', however, but rather of people misinterpreting and misapplying the theories and practices. As with all theoretical frameworks, PoMo can be used (and has been used) to rationalise all sorts of nonsense. It's similar to how people will hate 'feminists' and 'feminism' because they see them as supporting A, B, or C - not because feminists and feminism actually do support A, B, or C, but because the people have misinterpreted and misapplied feminist theories before forming their judgment. I figured you'd find that thread enjoyable. It could also be seen as one of its potential weaknesses, just as one of PoMo's greatest strengths and weaknesses is its flexibility and openness to multiple interpretations. I would theorise that any theoretical framework (psychological or PoMo or otherwise), like any tool, depends for its full efficacy as a truth-detector (and untruth-detector) on the subject wielding the tool. Look to the practitioners and interpreters for error and misapplication as part of improving the theory itself, to make it stronger and stronger as a 'description' (or 'construction') of the 'truth'. If practitioners have misinterpreted or misused the 'tool' (theory), their assessments of the 'truth' will be flawed. Oh? Stanford Milgram Experiment. It's a good argument (and re-argument), except you need to be aware (as do we all) that any measurement of reality cannot be reliably objective whenever there is subjective interpretation involved. The tools are created for the purpose of objective measurement, yes, but the tool-makers are anything but. That's my point (pretty much)! There are no objective observers/assessors/discoverers of truth. No, no. My point is that there is no reliable way to 'get at' or 'discover' or 'measure' the objective truth without translating it via representations (artistic symbolism, psychological theories, whatever), which in turn 'sullies' the objective truth with subjective interpretation.