I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be an expert. And what it means when we aren’t. Most of us have dozens of topics where we know a bit, but we’re not an expert. We have some experiences, but they’re personal understanding. How we put what we know as individuals into a larger picture, and what that means for evaluating information we get – from both experts and non-experts.’ It’s something that comes up in various Pagan communities all the time: someone says something, sounds like an authority, and yet, when you dig into it, it’s not […]
I spent last weekend not getting much done. Not for want of things on my to-do list. I have 118 things in my writing topics list – and that doesn’t count another two lists at home. A long-term research project I’ve been circling around getting started. Books and webpages to read. This morning, coming into work, I got to thinking about cycles and how they fit into research.
One of the things I love about teaching is figuring out how a given group of people’s reacting to what I’m teaching on that day. There’s plenty that’s challenging about this, of course, but I love seeing what examples work, which topics get a lot of interest. Of course, that’s one of the most complicated things about teaching. You can take the same material, and present it in the same way, to people, and get two entirely different reactions depending on a whole bunch of things, most of which you (as the teacher) can’t control. Teachers who teach several […]
Welcome! One of the things I’ve learned as a librarian is that people have vastly different experiences with how they go about finding information (or not finding it, as the case may be) and that that happens for all sorts of different reasons. That’s particularly true for many Pagans I’ve talked to over the years. Sometimes there are good reasons for that. The methods of research taught in many schools work well for some academic topics and projects, but not nearly as well for personal projects, especially ones that involve emotions, religion, magic, or other things that have an experiential aspect. […]