Jim Taylor's Columns - 'Soft Edges' and 'Sharp Edges'

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27

Apr

2016

What’s your “Complexity Quotient”?

Author: Jim Taylor
Everyone knows that intelligence is not uniform. Some people have stratospheric IQs; others sink below par.
Everyone also knows that intelligence doesn’t necessarily correspond to ability to think. Mensa members can be just as dogmatically fossilized as Homer Simpson. They may know far more about far more things, but they can lock onto their conclusions like a crocodile’s jaws.
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24

Apr

2016

Mass media fail to explore religious motives

Author: Jim Taylor
A group of compassionate Canadians had sponsored some Syrian refugees. After meeting one of those refugees, a young single woman, one of the sponsors said in surprise, “She’s Muslim!” Well, doh! Now, I heard that story second-hand. So I don’t know whether the speaker genuinely didn’t realize that most Syrians are Muslim. Or, to give her a little more credit, surprised that an attractive young woman could choose to remain single within a patriarchal culture. Either way, it seems to me, the story illustrates the ignorance of North Americans as a whole to any religion but their own. And perhaps even to their own.
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Categories: Sharp Edges

Tags: media, motives, Muslim

20

Apr

2016

Not good for lakes, or for us

Author: Jim Taylor
The lake below our house has been glassy calm lately. This happens, sometimes, in spring and fall. The water lies so still that it’s hard to tell the reality from the reflection.
I feel compelled to take pictures. My computer enables me to turn photographs upside down. Sometimes, the mirror image is so perfect even I don’t know which way is up.
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17

Apr

2016

Aboriginal suicides based on loss of hope

Author: Jim Taylor
Only one of my long-term friends ever committed suicide. I found his death much harder to get over, to get reconciled to, than the “normal” deaths of other friends. And so I can’t help wondering about the emotional effect of 11 suicide attempts in a single night. And then a plot by13 more to kill themselves just a few nights later. My mind reels. That’s the situation in Attawapiscat, an aboriginal community about halfway up the western shore of James Bay. A few years ago, Attawapiscat made national headlines when former chief Theresa Spence held a hunger strike near the parliament building in Ottawa. Perhaps the social conditions are worse in Attawapiscat than in other reserves; perhaps they’re not.
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13

Apr

2016

Revisiting the Ten Commandments

Author: Jim Taylor
A correspondent suggested that I should re-read The Ten Commandments, to get my faith straightened out. So I did.
The Ten Commandments are terse, imperative, and unconditional. They offer no wiggle room, no exceptions, no loopholes for special situations.
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6

Apr

2016

The mind is a many-layered thing

Author: Jim Taylor
I sit here at my computer, thinking about the words that my fingers will type into the next line of text. At the same time, part of my mind stands outside, watching me as I work, noting the way my shoulders tense when I’m searching for a word. And behind that, still another layer observes how my mind is able to observe itself. And behind that, perhaps, still another layer….
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3

Apr

2016

Five dollars a year keeps girls in school

Author: Jim Taylor
Everyone looks for “tipping points” -- the place in a social structure where the smallest input will have the greatest effect. Malcolm Gladwell popularized the term with his 2000 book by that name. Tipping points can be, and often are, little things overlooked by people obsessed with the bigger picture. In New York, apparently, fixing broken windows and beautifying basketball courts started the city towards renewal. Polio vaccines and Rick Mercer’s mosquito nets have also captured tipping points -- small individual actions that can make a huge difference. Sometimes it takes an outsider to see the obvious.
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Tags: Uganda, girls, school

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