Losing my religion…

2000px-Religious_symbols-4x4.svgReligion is a difficult question for many people in the 2016 Irish Census. In 2011, 84.2% ticked the box as “Catholic” but it’s quite clear that figure is far higher than the number of actual practising and believing Catholics in the Republic. How can people navigate their way to marking an appropriate box on April 24th?  Q. 12 is based on an assumption that most people have not thought about, and many no longer share: that spirituality must be structured by an organised religion. Continue reading “Losing my religion…”

You know you’re old when..

Your son is old enough to run in a general election. Even though he is an outsider, I feel it’s good because

People who support Green policies should be able to vote for them, even in constituencies where the odds are against winning a seat. It all contributes to the national debate.

Participation by young candidates is important to sustain democracy. His

Alexander Cosgrave, Green Party candidate
Alexander Cosgrave, Green Party candidate

generation will face a radically different future, volatile and unpredictable, and they need to know that they can assert their ownership of public policy to build their future, and not feel alienated from politics.

So from here until polling day, I get to drive the car, hang some posters, hand out leaflets and shut up, mostly, probably, apart from the odd rant!

One of his candidate profiles is here – have a look.

Mind Mapping, Knowledge Cartography 2015

I originally started requiring students to use mind minds as a tool to visualise  the structure of single articles, separating argument and analysis from supporting evidence. Over time, our use of mindmaps has grown, to encompass mapping debates across multiple sources in order to construct a literature review, and from an essay planning tool to a tool to plan sharing of knowledge in a range of output formats – essay, poster, infographic, website, podcast and so on. As time has passed, the tools I’ve recommended have change: this is this years list of my favourites Continue reading “Mind Mapping, Knowledge Cartography 2015”

That $5 trillion isn’t gone away you know…

The $5 trillion wiped off the value of global equities as the Chinese market collapse spreads hasn’t all vanished – it’s just gone somewhere else in search of a different bubble.  What is really spectacular is not the collapse of Chinese markets, but the capacity of people to ignore the obvious indicators that it was on the way. Continue reading “That $5 trillion isn’t gone away you know…”

Reading into Digital Humanities (Summer 2015)

New Semester in Six Weeks! The summer is flying by, this years cohort of Masters students are deep in writing their dissertations, most of the places for next year have been filled, BA offers will be going on in a few weeks,  and new students are asking “What should I read before we start”.  Reading into DH is a moving target, but here I suggest some of my favourite entry points. Most of this is freely available on the open web. Continue reading “Reading into Digital Humanities (Summer 2015)”