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Links to Think: 04.23.12

April 23, 2012


Logical Fallacies Website Poster – This cool website lists 24 logical fallacies, with definitions and examples, in an infographic-like form. You could also use this to play “logical fallacy bingo” as you view logic-lacking statements and assertions on Facebook the internets. ūüėČ

“If you see someone committing a logical fallacy, link them to the relevant fallacy to school them in thinky awesomeness and win the intellectual affections of those who happen across your comment by appearing clever and interesting e.g.¬†¬†(rollover/click icons above).”

The injustice of gated communities РThink Christian has a thought-provoking article on the message that gated communities send. Interestingly, I encountered some of these similar questions and thoughts while reading Sundown Towns (and, even personally, just living in our current subdivision). (I tend to think this article perhaps goes beyond the foundational questions that we need to address, but it is nonetheless food for thought.)

“Of course, a responsible householder will take prudent steps to avoid being a victim of crime. But thinking Christianly, one must ask what are the costs – beyond expensive real estate – to be borne by someone living in a gated community?

I believe those costs are considerable. We are created for community, but gated communities are communities of the narrowest sort. They are¬†designed to exclude: the poor, the homeless, the renter, the boulevardier, the itinerant worker – in short, anyone who‚Äôs not landed gentry. And incidentally, the very people that the Bible indicates God is most concerned about.”

Piper, Ryken, Reynolds, and Nielson Commend the Classics – The Gospel Coalition Blog interviews four Evangelical leaders on the value of reading classics (both secular and Christian) and how specific classics have shaped them. (I kind of wish they’d have interviewed Tim Keller, too, but the responses here are quite helpful.)

Postpartum Rest and Recovery Tips (From a Mama Who Learned the Hard Way) – In a culture of industry and busyness, resting postpartum isn’t always viewed as the “amazing mom” thing to do. As I prepare for our upcoming birth and recovery, this is something on my mind. I’m not sure I qualify as a Type A (this article is specifically addressed to a Type A new mom), but have definitely leaned more that way that I was 5 or 10 years ago. (Maybe I’ll write more about postpartum planning later, but this is a helpful article for at least getting some thoughts out there.)

“Sure, it’s not very exciting and certainly not very “productive” by Type A personality standards, but it sets you up for a quicker recovery, and is, in the long run,¬†really¬†worth it. Lack of sleep and rest are your worst enemies after giving birth.¬†Invest those first few weeks in concentrated rest.”

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  • Johanna April 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I showed Brian the link of logical fallacies. He is going to show it to his students in his logic class…they will love that!

    As to the postpartum article. Yes, please rest! I did the best with my 3rd and it made all the difference. AS a side note, most cultures actually expect mothers to take a lot of time after they have babies. You could always just say you are being multi-cultural ;).

    • Keren April 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      That’s really cool that Brian is teaching a logic class. (Not that I would have known his classes, but I would have assumed they were music classes.)

      Thanks! Your midwife-cousin gave me helpful instructions not to “go out” immediately and everywhere with both of our girls. I didn’t go out with our first, but was too active too early at home. The second time, I stayed in bed a bit longer (mostly because I needed a specific birth injury to heal), even when I thought I might have had energy to do more. It made a huge difference long-term, and I plan to be even more proactive about it this time. I’d like to think I have a multi-cultural appreciation for a lot of areas in life. ūüėČ