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The list of questions

This is a supplement to today’s Good Men Project article, the first one from my new column, True Community. Some readers are probably curious about what questions ended up generated by my exercise. Here’s the list, complied in the order in which they came. Many students had similar, even identical questions, and the thematic patters are obvious:

Is there an afterlife? (If it’s there, what’s it like?)

Why do people blindly believe in religion?

Is violence a human instinct?

How can life be meaningful if we’re going to die?

Why does poverty still exist today?

Are we the only life in the solar system?

What is the nature of animal consciousness?

Who is the most intelligent human to have ever lived?

Why are humans more intelligent than other creatures? \

What determines intelligence?

Why do we have feelings?

Why do we pay more attention to entertainment and less attention to other media?

Why do we believe that celebrities are entertaining while politicians are boring?

Why do we believe that famous people are entertaining while science and math are boring?

How high can the standard of living rise in the United States?

Is America the wealthiest country in the world?

Does America enjoy the highest standard of living?

Why are violent video games so popular?

Why are we fascinated by violent people?

Why do fiction writers who depict utopias actually tell stories about dystopia?

Why are we so corrupt?

Is it possible to create a perfectly equal society?

Why don’t people actually improve the world, despite their efforts?

What is deja vu?

Why do scientific ideas and religious ideas often contradict one another?

Why do we prioritize curing some diseases or conditions over others?

What is water intoxication?

Why is education so expensive?

What is causing global warming?

When we know that some educational models work, why haven’t we applied them across our system?

Does God exist?

At which point is a body entirely dead?

Why can’t we move our trash off the planet?

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Announcing a new column

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be writing a weekly column for The Good Men Project. It’ll be titled True Community and appear in the Education section. Each Wednesday, I’ll be posting an article about my experiences in the community college where I work. My focus is, obviously, on men’s issues in the field of higher education.

I’m really excited to be back on The Good Men Project after a hiatus of a few months. People new to my blog should know I edited the Marriage section for a year, and I contributed writing across sections.

Here are some greatest hits:

Becoming a Man Who is Ready For Love

Equating Love With Possession

Let’s Stop Blaming Disney

Enjoy the teasers. The first article will run tomorrow. I’ll make announcements here and on all my social media. I hope you’ll “Like” my Facebook page so that you won’t miss any updates.


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This is on my syllabus

The semester is about to begin. What fun. I am including this on all my syllabi this semester:

E-mail etiquette:

      E-mail is a convenient tool to help us communicate. It is NOT, however, a free-for-all. You should be courteous when you e-mail your professors. Please write in complete sentences and in actual English; do not fill your message with SMS jargon or slang. If you don’t have time to write a respectable, readable message, you should not write it at all but seek some form of communication that fits your schedule.

Appropriate topics

1.)I have a question about the reading or about a writing issue.

2.)I do not understand what you said in class about a discussion topic.

3.)I cannot come to your office hours this week but would like to see you at a different time.

4.)I will have to miss class next week and would like to arrange something.

5.)I have a scheduling or logistical problem.

Inappropriate topics (I will ignore these messages)-

1.)Please tell me what you covered in the class I missed.

2.)What’s the homework?

3.)U have 2 (something something).

4.)Imma gonna b goin 2 a gr8 fam vaca next week so u need 2 (something something).