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Power corrupts, and the most corrupting power is that of the Herd.

One of the most important things anyone can learn in life is to recognize herd behavior and resist it. The herd may happen to be right, but it should always be presumed to be wrong.

Real courage is the willingness to stand alone against the herd.
— Jon Roland


  • HTML Version or Menu Text Version My first day as a schoolteacher— Article: December 8, 2001
  • HTML Version or Menu Text Version My Grandfather on Public Education— Column: Jul. 12, 1998, Revised May 15, 2001
  • HTML Version or Menu Text Version Evolutionism vs. Creationism— Article: Aug. 13, 1999, slightly revised
  • HTML Version or Menu Text Version Propaganda Techniques— July, 1998.
  • HTML Version or Menu Text Version Logical Fallacies— July, 1998.
  • HTML Version or Menu Text Version Introduction to Ethics— Course Outline: May 4, 2001
  • HTML Version or Menu Text Version Diffusion of innovations, Jon Roland— Article: March 17, 2003
  • HTML Version or Menu Reading and Learning Methods and Tools
  • HTML Version or Menu Writing and Publishing Methods and Tools
  • HTML Version or Menu Speaking and Meeting Methods and Tools
  • HTML Version or Menu Mathematical and Logical Methods and Tools
  • HTML Version or Menu Thinking and Creativity Methods and Tools
  • HTML Version or Menu Research and Development Methods and Tools
  • HTML Version or Menu Teaching and Persuasion Methods and Tools
  • HTML Version or Menu Leading and Organizing Methods and Tools
  • Remote Link - HTML PhotoReading— Improved form of speedreading/speedlearning. The webmaster discovered the technique independently.
  • Remote Link - HTML FReader— Computer program designed to improve reading skills, especially speed.
  • Remote Link - HTML AceReader— Reading program to help you read faster while on the computer by utilizing special display modes, such as tachistoscopic rapid viewing.
  • Remote Link - HTML Reading Acceleration Machine (RAM)— Freeware device for presenting word-groups sequentially at a pace chosen by the user. It is a tachistoscope ("rapid-viewer") that supports efficient and rhythmic reading, rehearsal of text-comprehension, and acceleration in reading speed.
  • Remote Link - HTML SpeedMath— Training program to improve mental math skills.
  • Remote Link - HTML SuperLearning— Improve learning skills for all ages.
  • Remote Link - HTML Total Immersion language learning— Many schools do this. Here is one: Berlitz.
  • Remote Link - HTML Memory Techniques and Mnemonics— Collection of methods for improving memory and practicing memorization.
  • Remote Link - HTML Mental Math— Techniques for improving mental math skills. And see
    • Remote Link - HTML BEATCALC: Beat the Calculator!— Techniques and exercises.
    • Remote Link - HTML Curious and Useful Math— Still more techniques.
    • Remote Link - HTML Casting Out Nines, Jim Loy— Useful technique for checking arithmetic calculations.
  • Local Link - HTML Questorming— One approach to the art of asking the best questions.
  • Remote Link - HTML Integrated Scientific Method— One approach to discussion of the subject.
  • Remote Link - PDF Quantitative Analysis History— Survey of the elements of the subject.
  • Remote Link - HTML Origin of Epistemology and Scientific Method— History of the subject.
  • Remote Link - HTML Nonlinear Regression Analysis on a Spreadsheet, by Paul H. Ricketts— Most spreadsheets have the capability of performing a polynomial regression analysis of any order.
  • Remote Link - HTML Multiple Regression— Discussion of tools to analyze the relationship between several independent or predictor variables and a dependent or criterion variable.
  • Remote Link - HTML NLREG— Statistical analysis program that performs linear and nonlinear regression analysis, surface and curve fitting, and serves as a good educational tool for the subject.
  • Remote Link - HTML Guide to Grammar and Writing— See especially their
    • Remote Link - HTML Diagramming Sentences— Essential tool for learning grammar that is being neglected in the public schools today.
    • Remote Link - HTML Basic Sentence Parts, Phrase Configurations— Diagrams of the functional elements of sentences.
  • Remote Link - HTML Grammar Handbook— Writers' Workshop, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Remote Link - HTML Irregular Verbs— Nearly complete list of the English verbs that give people trouble.
  • Remote Link - HTML Exploring English— Instructional material on English grammar and usage.
  • Remote Link - HTML Supervoca Vocabulary Builder— Learn the words likely to appear on standard tests.
  • Remote Link - HTML Soundkeepers Vocabulary Builder— Words likely to appear on the GRE test.
  • Remote Link - HTML Vocabulary Builder— ACT, GRE, SAT, Free Test Prep.
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            Version Zipped WP Version Robert's Rules of Order Revised— Online version of 1915 edition. Essential manual for parliamentarians of deliberative assemblies.
    • Remote Link - HTML Official Robert's Rules of Order Home Page
    • Remote Link - HTML Robert's Rules of Order - Summary Version
  • Remote Link - HTML The Elements of Style, Oliver Strunk (1935)— Classic guide to good writing.
  • Local HTML Rhetoric, Aristotle (350 BCE) — Classic handbook on persuasive communication that remains one of the best.
  • Remote Link - HTML Elements, Euclid (~325-265 BCE) — Classic text on Euclidean geometry, never exceeded.
  • Remote Link - HTML Rules of Debate— Includes the standard Oxford Rules for competitions.
  • Remote Link - HTML— Gateway to public debating.
    • Remote Link - HTML World Debate— Books on debate and public speaking.
  • Remote Link - HTML Meter and Scansion— Poetry Analysis
  • Remote Link - HTML Versification— Poetic Analysis Terms
  • Remote Link - HTML Groupthink Model— Outline of the book Victims of Groupthink by Irving L. Janis (Houghton Mifflin, 1972).
  • Remote Link - HTML Groupthink— Another outline of the concept.
  • Remote Link - HTML Geologic Periods— Listed on one printable page.
  • Remote Link - HTML Tree of Life— Project to put the entire evolutionary descent tree online.
  • Remote Link - HTML Philosophy of Science: An Overview for Educators, by Peter Machamer— Introductory review.
  • Remote Link - HTML Modeling Across the Curriculum— Research project to study the impact of computer modeling tools on secondary-level science learning.
  • Remote Link - HTML Visualization and Modeling— Symposium on the subject.
  • Remote Link - PDF Three Kinds of Statistical Literacy: What Should We Teach?— Survey of what is most important to teach.
  • Remote Link - HTML Information Theory, Lucent Technologies — History and survey of the subject.
  • Remote Link - PDF Approximation methods— Introduction to some of the methods.
  • Remote Link - HTML Error Analysis— Elementary introduction.
  • Remote Link - HTML Error Analysis— Intermediate introduction.
  • Remote Link - HTML Constraint Analysis— Intermediate introduction.

More advanced materials

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            Version Prisoner's Dilemma and Public Choice Theory— Explorations of the conflict between what is rational for the individual and what is rational for the group.
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            Version Counterintuitive Behavior of Social Systems, by Jay Forrester— Classic paper on why public policies produce unintended consequences.
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            Version Evolving Complex Networks in Constitutional Republics, by Jon Roland— Examines how changing network structures can reveal how political and economic processes behave and misbehave.
  • Remote Link - HTML Information Theory, Inference and Learning Algorithms, by David MacKay— Textbook on the subject.
  • Remote Link - HTML Strategy and Conflict: An Introductory Sketch of Game Theory, by Roger A. McCain— Beginnings of a textbook on the subject.
  • Remote Link - HTML Should Scientific Method be EKS-Rated?, by Craig Rusbult— Discusses controversies in scientific method.
  • Remote Link - HTML History and Philosophy of Science, by Ess— Notes for a course on the subject.
  • Remote Link - PDF Positivism— Some very introductory notes— Introduction to positivist instrumentalism.
  • Remote Link - PDF Philosophy of Science, by Alexander Bird— Introduction to the subject.
  • Remote Link - PDF Systems Biology: A return to the scientific method, by Luke V. Schneider— Presents a modern analytic approach to biological questions.
  • Remote Link - PDF Evolution Is Not a Necessary Assumption of Cladistics, by Andrew V. Z. Brower— Makes some interesting points on the theoretical issues.
  • Remote Link - HTML Theory of autoevolution— Attempts to reconcile instrumentalism, realism, and historicism.
  • Remote Link - PDF The Tri-Partite Model of Representation, by Peter Slezak— Makes some interesting points on the theoretical issues.
  • Remote Link - PDF Epistemological problems posed by ecology and environmental management, by G. Wiegleb— Makes some interesting points on the theoretical issues.
  • Remote Link - HTML Set theory and physics— Discusses mathematical foundations of the field.
  • Remote Link - HTML Quantum Logic and Probability Theory — Discusses connection between the fields.
  • Remote Link - HTML Methodological naturalism— One approach to scientific epistomology.
  • Remote Link - PDF Computer Learning and the Scientific Method, by Leonard Ornstein— Makes some interesting points on the theoretical issues.
  • Remote Link - HTML Regression Analysis of Time Series (RATS)— Econometrics/time-series analysis software package used worldwide by economists and others for analyzing time series and cross sectional data, developing and estimating econometric models, forecasting, and much more.

Prime Reading— First of several lists of recommended books.

Online higher education:

  • Remote Link - HTML Concord School of Law— Accredited JD program available.

Self-improvement groups

  • Remote Link - HTML Toastmasters International— Improve your speaking ability and make new friends. Join or form a local toastmasters club in your area.

Speculation & futurism

    • Local Link - HTML Space Development   — Ideas for venturing into space.

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