Category Archives: Trivium

Oliver Sacks — Imitation is source of originality

Impressive people report how much insight they have found in the works of neurologist Oliver Sacks, as in this article on BrainPickings.org: Sontag’s experience, Sacks argues, reflects the common pattern in the natural cycle of creative evolution — we learn … Continue reading

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Figurative Language and the Poetic Art

Many years ago, I was doing research in the Catholic University of America library, and by chance discovered Shakespeare’s Use of the Arts of Language by Sister Miriam Joseph. At first, I was overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of … Continue reading

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On (Not) Preparing Younger Students for Logic

A friend who is teaching up-and-coming teachers about the liberal arts forwarded this question to me from one of his students: I’ve also been contemplating throughout class so far how to prepare younger students for logic, as it is likely … Continue reading

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