Summertime and New RomanceWritten by Linda Reeves
The tempertures are rising and romances are in full bloom as we move into summer months of adventures, vacations and new beginnings.
We all love changing of seasons and all surprises that are in store, flowers are blooming and bring luxurious color to our world, our hearts are opening as we look for love, romance and hot partnerships. In months of summer we are more available to meet opposite sex as we are spending more time outdoors attending events, traveling and enjoying summer, but we are also open to many dangers as well.
As it is a wondertime of year, we must be open to other things this time has to offer as well. We meet people and our minds and hearts are open after a long cold winter and we tend to think we are somewhat bulletproof to all dangers associated with this new found adventure. Granted, that tender embrace, that sweet sensual kiss and that night of firey passion may have been great at time but will possible "gift" you were given be worth all that fun and excitement? Somehow, I think not!
Lets reveiw some tips that have been preached for some time now in reference to our human nature, raging hormones and unbridled passion that seem to be more eveident in summer months since we are wearing less clothing and exposing more of our bodies to opposite sex.
First of all, you younger girls, although I know your young little bodies look great in those barely there bikinis, short shorts and "if you bend over your kootsie is gonna show skirts", but, think about what you are wearing before you walk out door. These type things are an invitation, and hey if you are of legal age and that is what you are going for great, if that is not kind of attention you want.....then cover your ass! Predators are out and looking for an invitation, don't become a statistic.
Secondly, STD's, need I say more? I will be first to admit how much I love sex and that exciting rondevous with that stranger that I don't know very well, but I always carry my trusty condoms
Critical Thinking To Go: Dodging The Pepperoni Pizza FallacyWritten by Christopher Brown
Today we commonly hear in news journalistic items about religion and politics, or faith and something else, where suggested "duo du jour" usually sit in opposition to one another. One could do this, of course, just as easily with other areas of human thought, as with sociology vs. history, or economics vs. psychology. But most people do not seem nearly as interested in this exercise as they seem anxious to set "religion" over against whatever other area they might find interesting.
But this represents quite an odd way to view things (at very best), and one might rightly call it propaganda (at worst) in many instances. You see, life does not come at us in slices, as though it were one very large pepperoni pizza to go. When humans experience an event, we do not encounter it in a parade of neatly snipped segments, as though civil war first showed us its psychological effects, then came its economic aspects, only after which we then got a look at its technological innovations.
Just as with runningback who grasps a fumbled football in midst of many linesmen, life happens to us "all at once." Only after taking in an historically important event, and reflecting on it a bit, can we slice it up to study some of parts or aspects in isolation from others -- as pundits might do, say, in an economics textbook. This, of course, makes students especially prone to confuse way things happen on paper with how they occur on a battlefield, or in midst of a revolution.
Now this fallacy -- error of confusing real life with its written counterpart, does not show up in informal logic texts. But it should, since it clearly misleads many these days.
So, what to call it? I at first tried "fallacy of compartmentalized reality." I can hear students now, "WhatEVER." Then I mused, "fallacy of reflective segmenting." huh? Finally, I landed on more user-friendly label, "Pepperoni Pizza" fallacy. Surely students could grab and digest this supreme combination of words (or was that "combination supreme"?).