Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 353.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Subject: Latest Additions to Critical Thinking On The Web
 From: Edward Vanhoutte <firstname.lastname@example.org> (57)
Subject: Release DALF Guidelines and DTD Version 1.0
 From: Ross Scaife <email@example.com> (13)
Subject: Re: 17.322 "open content" in the humanities?
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Subject: BMCR webcast
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 06:47:35 +0000
From: Tim van Gelder <email@example.com>
Subject: Latest Additions to Critical Thinking On The Web
Two from the New York Times Magazine. Available free now, but not for long:
<http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/26/magazine/26BRAINS.html>There's a Sucker
Born in Every Medial Prefrontal Cortex By Clive Thompson
"With the help of brain scanners, scientists are refashioning themselves as
"neuromarketers." Can they finally make advertising a science?" Find out
how Coca Cola's advertising really does drive your perceptions - like it or
Unconventional Weapon by Daniel Berger
"Soldiers in Congo are resorting to the practice of cannibalism. Mystical
belief, like disease and poverty, would seem to be an unyielding African
curse." Cultural relativism, anyone? [Warning - not for the faint-hearted.]
in Email Lists and Newsletters
"The Cynic is a weekly, e-mailed distribution list sending interesting
information and thought-provoking stories to intelligent, discerning
readers at large. We feel that being a little bit cynical is an essential
characteristic for a healthy perspective on modern life. We focus on the
historical, social, political, and scientific arenas. We'll discuss the
media, technology, and current events. The Cynic has been called a
"thinking person's Paul Harvey", and "a riot for the sane mind". The weekly
newsletter is readable in about 3 to 4 minutes..." [20 Oct 03]
In Textbooks, and Statistics and Probability
to Probability by Charles M. Grinstead & J. Laurie Snell
An entire, 500+ page textbook on probability. Designed for use in a
one-semester college course. Not the best "self-help" guide for novices,
but could be a very useful resource for those who already have some
familiarity with probability and are comfortable with a moderately
technical treatment. [20 Oct 03]
<http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1014/p18s01-lehl.html>Rethinking thinking By
Mark Clayton, Christian Science Monitor
"College classes that make one think - it's a basic concept assumed as a
given. But many grads walk away with a diploma yet still lack critical
thinking skills. That's why some educators are asking students to close
their textbooks and do a little more reflecting." [15 Oct 03]
in Experts and Expertise - Investment Professionals
<http://www.nature.com/nsu/030922/030922-6.html>Stock market traders show
signs of zero intelligence by Philip Ball, in Nature Science Update
A model making random decisions behaves just like a real stock market. So,
what is the evidence that investment professionals' experience and
(supposed) insight is helping them make better-than-random choices? [14 Oct 03]
in Skepticism - Meta-skepticism
Doubts Relative to Napoleon Buonaparte by Richard Whately
Delightful satire of the standards of evidence skeptics profess to
maintain. This essay from the mid-19C displays critical thinking even as it
lampoons such thinking when taken to extremes. [13 Oct 03]
in Political Correctness - Reviews
<http://www.skeptic.com/LevitPost.html>Pious Fantasies. Review of Teresi's
Lost Discoveries, by Norman Levitt
Scathing review of yet another bout of Western self-flagellation. Levitt
has a very sharp pen, though his style can be somewhat florid. "this book
is an intellectual disaster and, worse, a moral disaster. The homiletics of
officially sanctioned "diversity" are glibly indifferent to the soundness
of the intellectual currency and resonate with an exceedingly narrow notion
of morality." [7 Oct 03]
<http://www-ari.army.mil/Outreach/leader_3.htm>Practical Thinking by Jon
Falleson, US Army (large pdf file)
Overview and content of a 6 lesson, 12 hour course in critical
thinking. Although developed for use by Army battle commanders, the
material is sufficiently generic that this could be used for anyone wanting
to understand how thinking might be improved in complex, uncertain, noisy
and high-pressure situations. [1 Oct 03]
in Statistics and Probability
<http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/327/7417/741>Simple tools for
understanding risks: from innumeracy to insight by Gerd Gigerenzer
Useful guide by Mr. "Statistics Made Simple" himself. "Bad presentation of
medical statistics such as the risks associated with a particular
intervention can lead to patients making poor decisions on treatment.
Particularly confusing are single event probabilities, conditional
probabilities (such as sensitivity and specificity), and relative risks.
How can doctors improve the presentation of statistical information so that
patients can make well informed decisions?" [30 Sep 03]
in Experts and Expertise
<http://www.ksu.edu/psych/cws/index.htm>Cochran-Weiss-Shanteau (CWS) Home Page
Experts on expertise. A trove of resources, including articles, FAQ and
software. Centred on a particular method of determining to what extent the
experts are any good, but there is lots of more general information. [30
<http://philosophy.hku.hk/think/project/miniguide.pdf>A Mini Guide to
Critical Thinking by Joe Lau (pdf file)
A bit more than "mini". 26 page document surveys major topics. Clear and
simple. Would be useful as a reference, for brushing up on key concepts.
[25 Sep 03]
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Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 07:58:51 +0000
From: Edward Vanhoutte <email@example.com>
Subject: Release DALF Guidelines and DTD Version 1.0
The Centre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies of the Royal
Academy of Dutch Language and Literature (Gent, Belgium) is happy to
announce that version 1.0 of the DALF Guidelines for the Description and
Encoding of Modern Correspondence Material and the DALF DTD have now
The Guidelines and DTDs can be downloaded for on-line or off-line
browsing (HTML and PDF) from the DALF website:
The editors would like to thank the members of the community for their
valuable input and comments on the draft version, and welcome all signs
of interest in the DALF project.
DALF is an acronym for "Digital Archive of Letters in Flanders". It is
envisioned as a growing textbase of correspondence material which can
generate different products for both academia and a wider audience, and
thus provide a tool for diverse research disciplines ranging from
literary criticism to historical, diachronic, synchronic, and
sociolinguistic research. The input of this textbase will consist of the
materials produced in separate electronic edition projects. In order to
ensure maximum flexibility and (re)usability of each of the electronic
editions, a formal framework is required that can guarantee uniform
integration of new projects in the DALF project. The DALF project can be
expected to stimulate new electronic edition projects, as well as the
international debate on electronic editions of correspondence material.
The DALF DTD has been specified as a customisation of the TEI DTD in the
way specified in chapter 29 of the TEI P4 Guidelines. The creation of
the DTD has taken into account the insights and practices presented in
international projects like TEI (Text Encoding Initiative), Master
(Manuscript Access through Standards for Electronic Records), and MEP
(Model Editions Partnership).
The DALF guidelines (ed. by Edward Vanhoutte & Ron Van den Branden)
provide a detailed documentation of the DALF specific extensions to the
TEI and pointers to the TEI guidelines.
Currently, several pilot projects are testing the DALF DTD, encoding
thousands of modern holograph correspondence material.
- DALF site: <http://www.kantl.be/ctb/project/dalf/>
- DALF Guidelines:
- DALF DTD files:
The editors welcome all comments: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
============= Edward Vanhoutte Co-ordinator Centrum voor Teksteditie en Bronnenstudie - CTB (KANTL) Centre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies Reviews Editor, Literary and Linguistic Computing Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature Koningstraat 18 / b-9000 Gent / Belgium tel: +32 9 265 93 51 / fax: +32 9 265 93 49 email@example.com http://www.kantl.be/ctb/ http://www.kantl.be/ctb/vanhoutte/
-------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 08:02:47 +0000 From: Ross Scaife <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: 17.322 "open content" in the humanities?
Here's a substantive complement to the current discussion of Open Access issues on this list:
"Scholarly Communication and Epistemic Cultures," by Blaise Cronin, Professor of Information Science, Indiana University
It was the keynote address at the very recent conference called
Scholarly Tribes and Tribulations: How Tradition and Technology Are Driving Disciplinary Change
This discussion began with a question (or observation) about how OA initiatives seem a lot more common in the sciences than in the humanities. Cronin is especially good at how "the technologies of electronic publishing and disciplinary publishing regimes are co-constitutive."
-- Ross Scaife
-------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 08:01:25 +0000 From: email@example.com Subject: BMCR webcast
[Forwarded from the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, which as many here will know is one of the earliest and still one of the most fit of the Web publications we have. --WM]
Dear BMCR readers:
We'd like to let you know about an exciting new idea, which could expand the remit of BMCR.
At Bryn Mawr College, on November 7, we are hosting a Forum entitled "Jews and Christians Reading the Bible". This will be a conversation which takes its starting point from Mark Vessey's review of David Dawson's book on Christian Figural Reading (BMCR 2002.11.16). Mark Vessey will be present; so will David Dawson and (for new blood) Rachel Havrelock. The style will be very informal, and audience participation will be warmly invited.
Readers of BMCR worldwide are included in this invitation: we shall be webcasting the Forum live, and inviting questions and responses from you electronically.
If the Forum is a success, we shall be looking out for subsequent reviews from which to develop, and webcast, such conversations.
For further information on the Forum, and how to participate, please go to: http://www.brynmawr.edu/classicsforum. Edited clips from the proceedings will be available on the website after the event.
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