The 3 Rs: Reading, writing and reasoning

The last few weeks have been pretty busy for me. Yesterday I played in a ‘re-enactment’ of the very funny Monty Python ‘Philosopher’s football match’ sketch. The primary purpose of this was to promote the value of teaching philosophy to school children and was organised by the non-profit organisation ‘The Philosophy Shop‘. Read Nigel Warburton’s ‘Referee’s review‘ here.

The other exciting news is the publication of my new book: ‘Critical Thinking for Sports Students’ which, in the same vein, is a resource for teaching and developing reasoning skills. It can be ordered from Amazon here and has already been discounted to £11.85. Bargain!

Finally, on my regular check that nothing suspect comes up on a Google search of my name, I found a blog commenting on my Radio4 appearance with Simon Barnes discussing Theirry Henry’s handball incident in the World Cup qualifiers. Thanks to the author of Moonballs, Prithvi Chandrasekhar, for his kind words about me.

Christmas Break… or not…

This is only going to be a short post just to keep my blog ticking over as I’m well aware that I don’t write posts as much as I ought to.

I would like to say that I’m putting my feet up over Christmas but unfortunately those evil guys at Learning Matters have given me the deadline of December 31st for my book on critical thinking; and they just won’t budge. So that means that I’m frantically trying to get it finished in time, and feel I have been for the past year. It should be okay though. I’m pretty much there, just have a final chapter to write and then have to rewrite the first one and tighten up the other five. Easy!

But come January 2010 I will be partying like a squirrel on steroids. Oh damn it, no I won’t; I’ve got a pile of marking to do and then it’s headlong into the second semester.

Still, can’t really complain since I am fortunate to be able to do this kind of stuff that I love and I’ve still got a job (which I can’t say for all my colleagues at the UoG).

That just leaves me to say Happy Christmas!