Friday, January 16, 2015

What Does Football Really Teach Us?

Football replaced baseball as the “national pastime” long ago (despite some arguments to the contrary). The hoopla surrounding the upcoming secular American holiday of Super Bowl XLIX Sunday testifies conclusively to that fact. The trickle down effect of that passion inspires younger and younger people to put on the pads and crash into one another as well as make parents shuttle their charges to practices and games and witness the conflict—all in the name of football’s educational benefits of perseverance, courage, and teamwork. But what does football really teach us? In Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game, author Mark Edmundson recounts his own high school football experience from the perspective of age and asks that very same question in a nuanced, clear-eyed way that might make you think twice about why we love football so much and what that love may be doing to us and our children. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "What Does Football Really Teach Us?"

6 comments:

Unknown said...

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Unknown said...

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Unknown said...

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Unknown said...

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*I second this. As someone who also studied in a Jesuit University, it’s not surprising to see jesuit priests who have earned PhDs in Physics, Math, Sociology, etc. Many Jesuits were composers, psychologists, and lawyers. The guys who built our university even built an observatory in campus cause they were physics nerds.*
*Most of us has this caricature of a priest in our minds. A very limited view on what the role means. But jesuits are a different kind of priests and they harness your talent precisely because it was given by God. They are professionals in their own fields but they’re also priests.*

*I see what you're getting at but you're kinda misunderstanding the point of the butterfly effect.*

*A tiny change can have far reaching consequences that wouldn't have been the same otherwise, but it is IMPOSSIBLE to know what those consequences could be because there are far too many variables and the potential changes just multiply as time goes by. In fiction it's usually shown as bad because that's more interesting. Someone steps on a butterfly and it causes massive destruction in the present. Except maybe instead someone steps on a butterfly 100 million years ago (did butterflies exist that long ago?) and it causes a mutation so that parsley ends up being the cure for cancer.*

*If you plant that tree then it's very likely (especially assuming the tree doesn't die quickly to drought or something) that the world may be very different from one where you didn't plant that tree. Maybe a family of squirrels lives instead of dies because there was an extra tree, and there are hundreds of generations of additional squirrels, and one day one of those squirrels runs into the road and someone swerves to avoid it and crashes their car. The person driving that car, had they not died, would have been President of the United States 30 years later had they lived, but instead a differnet guy gets in and he ends up starting a nuclear war that destroys all of humanity. You'll never know it but YOU destroyed humanity by planting that tree.*

*Or maybe the guy would have been Hitler times 1000 and you prevented untold suffering.*

*The point of the butterfly effect is that small changes van cause big consequences but there's usually no way to know what the alternative might have looked like.*

Unknown said...

*TRULY,TRULY ALL ABSOLUTELY BEYOND UNIMAGINABLY UNIMAGINABLE TRANSCENDENT TRANSCENDENTAL TRANSCENDING BOUNDLESSNESS LEVELS OF AMAZINGLY AMAZING AMAZINGNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*- JAEDEN ABNER D'SA.*

*THE SPARTAN 2 AUGMENTATION PROGRAM.-FANDOM APP WIKI.*

*Any time in history that an advanced civilization has met a more primitive civilization, it didn’t work out very well for the primitive civilization.*

*I second this. As someone who also studied in a Jesuit University, it’s not surprising to see jesuit priests who have earned PhDs in Physics, Math, Sociology, etc. Many Jesuits were composers, psychologists, and lawyers. The guys who built our university even built an observatory in campus cause they were physics nerds.*
*Most of us has this caricature of a priest in our minds. A very limited view on what the role means. But jesuits are a different kind of priests and they harness your talent precisely because it was given by God. They are professionals in their own fields but they’re also priests.*

*I see what you're getting at but you're kinda misunderstanding the point of the butterfly effect.*

*A tiny change can have far reaching consequences that wouldn't have been the same otherwise, but it is IMPOSSIBLE to know what those consequences could be because there are far too many variables and the potential changes just multiply as time goes by. In fiction it's usually shown as bad because that's more interesting. Someone steps on a butterfly and it causes massive destruction in the present. Except maybe instead someone steps on a butterfly 100 million years ago (did butterflies exist that long ago?) and it causes a mutation so that parsley ends up being the cure for cancer.*

*If you plant that tree then it's very likely (especially assuming the tree doesn't die quickly to drought or something) that the world may be very different from one where you didn't plant that tree. Maybe a family of squirrels lives instead of dies because there was an extra tree, and there are hundreds of generations of additional squirrels, and one day one of those squirrels runs into the road and someone swerves to avoid it and crashes their car. The person driving that car, had they not died, would have been President of the United States 30 years later had they lived, but instead a differnet guy gets in and he ends up starting a nuclear war that destroys all of humanity. You'll never know it but YOU destroyed humanity by planting that tree.*

*Or maybe the guy would have been Hitler times 1000 and you prevented untold suffering.*

*The point of the butterfly effect is that small changes van cause big consequences but there's usually no way to know what the alternative might have looked like.*

Unknown said...

*TRULY,TRULY ALL ABSOLUTELY BEYOND UNIMAGINABLY UNIMAGINABLE TRANSCENDENT TRANSCENDENTAL TRANSCENDING BOUNDLESSNESS LEVELS OF AMAZINGLY AMAZING AMAZINGNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*- JAEDEN ABNER D'SA.*

*THE SPARTAN 2 AUGMENTATION PROGRAM.-FANDOM APP WIKI.*

*Any time in history that an advanced civilization has met a more primitive civilization, it didn’t work out very well for the primitive civilization.*

*I second this. As someone who also studied in a Jesuit University, it’s not surprising to see jesuit priests who have earned PhDs in Physics, Math, Sociology, etc. Many Jesuits were composers, psychologists, and lawyers. The guys who built our university even built an observatory in campus cause they were physics nerds.*
*Most of us has this caricature of a priest in our minds. A very limited view on what the role means. But jesuits are a different kind of priests and they harness your talent precisely because it was given by God. They are professionals in their own fields but they’re also priests.*

*I see what you're getting at but you're kinda misunderstanding the point of the butterfly effect.*

*A tiny change can have far reaching consequences that wouldn't have been the same otherwise, but it is IMPOSSIBLE to know what those consequences could be because there are far too many variables and the potential changes just multiply as time goes by. In fiction it's usually shown as bad because that's more interesting. Someone steps on a butterfly and it causes massive destruction in the present. Except maybe instead someone steps on a butterfly 100 million years ago (did butterflies exist that long ago?) and it causes a mutation so that parsley ends up being the cure for cancer.*

*If you plant that tree then it's very likely (especially assuming the tree doesn't die quickly to drought or something) that the world may be very different from one where you didn't plant that tree. Maybe a family of squirrels lives instead of dies because there was an extra tree, and there are hundreds of generations of additional squirrels, and one day one of those squirrels runs into the road and someone swerves to avoid it and crashes their car. The person driving that car, had they not died, would have been President of the United States 30 years later had they lived, but instead a differnet guy gets in and he ends up starting a nuclear war that destroys all of humanity. You'll never know it but YOU destroyed humanity by planting that tree.*

*Or maybe the guy would have been Hitler times 1000 and you prevented untold suffering.*

*The point of the butterfly effect is that small changes van cause big consequences but there's usually no way to know what the alternative might have looked like.*

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*When Federer plays it looks effortless; when Djokovic plays it looks intense; when Nadal plays it looks like life or death.*

*THE DEMONS,THE OGDRU-JAHAD,THE OGDRU-HEMS,THE VAMPIRES,THE VARCOLACS,THE HYBERBOREANS,HECATE,AZATHOTH,YOG-SOTHOTH,NYALARHOTHEP,GORINIUM,PANDEMONIUM,THE PHLEGETHON,THE COCYTUS,THE STYX,THE LYX,THE ARCHERON RIVERS OF HELL.*
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