Dialectics and Spinoza

“Have you ever wondered why sociologists still study Marx if he was wrong?” (Erik Olin Wright, “Analytical Marxism”) This fragment grew into a series of YouTube videos: Rationalism and Socialism The time has come for socialists to reconsider Spinoza. As Macherey put it in his 1979 book Hegel or Spinoza, “the entire problem is that […]

How to play Robert’s Rules

Robert’s Rules are a way to run meetings democratically. They work a lot like a turn-based RPG. This post is for Dunwoody SAGA. The attached slideshow (PDF) shows how to “play”—that is, how meeting attendees can bring about action and make themselves heard. Robert’s Rules are meant to protect five rights (screenshot from slideshow attached): […]

Workbook for Tannenbaum’s Excursions… (+ RL moore rant)

The linked PDF is a Workbook for a semester-long course using Tannenbaum’s Excursions in Modern Mathematics. I used them as lecture notes at Austin Community College. The general approach is that of “discovery learning”. I’m a recovering fan of the Moore method (see rant below). Topics: Voting theory/Arrow’s Theorem (1 chapter) Fair division (1 chapter) […]

Dear Diary, LF theory of action

You absorb more philosophy than you realize when you study math. Choices, commitments to specific philosophical doctrines, were collectively made long before our modern textbooks were written. As I attempt a transition to social science research, I feel I should revisit some of these choices. This document is a repository for reflections—basically diary entries—undertaken for […]

Calculus 1 applets

In this YouTube video, about a dozen Mathematica applets for Calculus 1 are presented. For sample screenshots, scroll down. If you’re only interested in the applets, skip to the blue title bars: This grant work was sponsored by USG’s Affordable Learning Georgia initiative, which provides funding for creating open source materials. More open source materials […]