All in Academic

The first lecture in our series on the book of Job deals with us--and our presuppositions. Dr. Chou addresses 10 common misconceptions which I found helpful to regrind my textual "lenses," a very valuable and necessary first step before we approach the text.

Job Lecture Series from Dr. Abner Chou

Over the next few weeks I will be posting the lecture notes from a class Dr. Chou teaches at The Master’s College on the book of Job. I’ve found the lectures extremely helpful, so I’m going back through them and copying down the relevant notes. I will publish one lecture per day on the blog, with each lecture being about 1,000 words. That should be a great 5 minute “devotional” for you as we go through the 34-ish lectures.

Workflow: This is How We Get Things Done

In order to achieve mastery of a topic you must first achieve mastery over your tools. In this series I will break down the core tools necessary for an academic to do his or her work so that maybe you can learn from my experience and come away with a better grip of what tools are out there and how best to use them.

"A culture filled with smooth and familiar consumptions produces in people rigid mental habits... They know what they know, and they expect to find it reinforced when they turn a page or click on a screen. Difficulty annoys them, and, having become accustomed to so much pabulum served up by a pandering and invertebrate media, they experience difficulty not just as “difficult,” but as insult."

Information Architecture: Organizing Chaos

We have a problem. We are drowning in data. We are anxious, and we spend most of our downtime glued to streams of information (from Twitter, Facebook, TV, games, etc.). We absolutely consume data, and yet as soon as we step away, we wonder why we're even alive. It's as if our basic, fundamental humanity is propped up by digital data streams.