My best ideas about the art and craft of writing, by Sara Tusek
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This university in Ghana focuses on critical thinking to change attitudes on corruption
Ashesi Honour Code
"When Patrick Awuah -- a former Microsoft executive who was educated in the U.S. -- returned to his home country of Ghana, his goal of starting a software company was dashed by the lack of a qualified workforce. So instead he founded Ashesi University, which is guided by principles of ethical leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports."
The ancient Greeks invented and perfected the art of rhetoric, which is simply the use of language to persuade. In days past, a classical European-style education included an in-depth study of rhetoric. Three men who used rhetorical devices with confidence and authority are Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Winston Churchill. Their speeches are textbooks of rhetoric.
Rhetorical devices are not difficult to identify. Here is an example of the use of contrast:
"The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds."~John Maynard Keynes, economist.
Keynes contrasts new and old ideas, but with a bit of a twist. Instead of applauding the power of new ideas, which you might expect from an influential economist whose ideas shaped the study of economics for decades, Keynes points out the immense power of old ideas, which are so embedded in people's minds that…
The term "writer's block" may refer to three kinds of inability: 1. You can't start a new piece of writing, even though you have an idea what you want to write about. In this case, the block comes from not being able to find a pathway for entering into the writing. The best cure for this writer's block is to start somewhere, anywhere, and write until you find your path.
2. You can't continue to write a piece you've already started. This may happen when you have some choices about how to develop the writing and cannot decide what to do next. It may also happen when you've got nothing more to say about your topic or thesis. This is harder to deal with, as you may need to go back and find the place where you got into a "dead end" and rewrite from that point on, forging a new direction.
3.You are simply stuck for any idea at all. This is the time to do something creative that's not writing. Listen to music, read a book, take a walk. Jog your br…
"What then is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonymies, anthropomorphisms… –Nietzsche"
This quote from Nietzsche makes clear an uncomfortable reality of the relationship between truth and language. Our language, for good or ill, conveys truth (or its opposites).
True truth Truth, most people would agree, exists objectively. It sits outside of human interpretation as a kind of untouchable, absolute entity.
For some, the pursuit of truth is a lifetime event. Philosophers, psychologists, religious scholars, and poets are professional truth-definers. In different ways, politicians, economists, journalists and sociologists also try to uncover truth.
Even though it might be impossible to get all of the truth-pursuers to agree on what truth is, let alone on one example of truth, it's still worth noting that all would agree (most likely) that truth exists.
How can people agree on the existence of something that no one can see, quantify, taste, touch, pin down, hear, or feel? How…