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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Do Quitters Never Win?

A recent Freakonomics podcast, called The Upside of Quitting, challenges the oft-repeated saying "Quitters never win and winners never quit."  How much truth do you think that saying holds?  Can you think of examples from your life or the larger world around us that prove or disprove this saying?  To what extent do the researchers' findings in this podcast support the events in Harvey Pekar's life.  Feel free to use specific evidence from The Quitter to support your claim.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Minority Report: The Future Is Now

In order to realize their futuristic vision of the year 2054, Spielberg and Co. called up experts in every field:  architecture, computers, law enforcement, education, engineering, etc.  At the time some of these futuristic features seemed very far off indeed, but according to recent stories from All Things Considered, that future may already be here.  You might also check out a provocative piece from the weekly podcast On the Media on the idea of augmented reality that is decades ahead of initial predictions.

Which, if any, of these features holds the most promise for our future?  Which, if any, is most terrifying to you in terms of personal interaction or governmental exploitation?