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KARMA TSUNAM 3d Animation Short film from Film Nation. Karma. 9 Famous Women With the Perfect Response on Why They've Ditched Religion. Atheists consistently rank as one of America's "most hated" groups. In fact, a 2014 Pew Research showed that the only religious group Americans dislike more than atheists (who, technically, are not a "religious" identity) is Muslims. Could it possibly be because some of the most prominent atheists also have a problem hiding their misogyny? Two years ago, Salon pointed out the glaring fact that the foremost leaders of atheism have been men, particularly Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris. In fact, Harris told the Washington Post that atheism's gender disparity is simply a product of the the ideological movement being "to some degree intrinsically male. " Also remember that Hitchens was the guy who started the whole "women aren't funny" in a Vanity Fair piece he wrote in 2007.

If these guys are, collectively, the face of atheism, it is no wonder it's in dire need of a makeover. Julianne Moore Thandie Newton Emma Thompson Keira Knightley Beth Ditto Helen Mirren Ayaan. Foucault That Noise: The Terror of Highbrow Mispronunciation. Speaking Bingo. This idea came up in our two-weekly Friday seminar, nearly two weeks ago now (how time flies…). The seminar was about teaching teenagers, and at this point were were discussing the difference between games and adding game-like challenge, and sharing ideas for how to add game-like challenge.

Our YL coordinator suggested Speaking Bingo. Aim: Encourage learners to incorporate target language into their speaking. Procedure: Prior to a speaking activity, have students make up a bingo card for themselves. Variation: Instead of ticking off the words they use themselves, you could get them to start a timer and tick off any target language their partner uses. An example I made for my Level 9s (Upper Intermediate) It worked really well with my adult Level 9’s, gave them that added push to use the target language and they enjoyed it! Like this: Like Loading... Kaboom! The Explosive Team Review Game (With an added twist…) I am sure most of you are already familiar with the review game of Kaboom (also known variously as Tornado, Earthquake, and any other non-context-sensitive natural disaster). In this post, I am going to share the adaptations, or tweaks, that I’ve made to it in order to: cut down on preparation timemake it more student-centredmake it more challenging The Regular Version In the regular version, prior to heading to class, the teacher pre-prepares a grid (size decided at discretion – depends how long you want the game to take!).

The grid is made of squares, to each of which is allocated one of the following: A question mark – signifies, funnily enough, a question.A flashing B – signifies a bonus (which means 50 free points to the recipient team)The arrows of change – two arrows one above the other, each pointing in opposite directions, signifies the team changes points, either with the other team, or if more than two teams, the chosen team (which is going to be the team with the most points!) Small talk advice for gentlemen: Conversational etiquette and intelligence. Please send your questions for publication to gentlemanscholarslate@gmail.com. (Questions may be edited.) When you’re trying to have a conversation with someone you just met, and the conversation is not getting off the ground, what’s a good topic or question to bring up to try to get some momentum going?

Sometimes I find myself talking to people and simply not knowing what to say next, after the usual small-talk topics have been exhausted. Photo by Christina Paige Thank you for your question. When next you find yourself in this awkward spot, try a time-tested line: “I’m going to refresh my drink. I don’t mean to issue a blanket condemnation of meteorological murmurings. Entering a conversation with a stranger, one’s first impulse is to speak in a way that maximizes the potential for romantic enchantment, career advancement, status enhancement, so on.

May I trace a reciprocal of the tangent? *Correction, Aug. 7, 2014: This article originally misspelled Encyclopédie Moderne. UserFiles/File/resources/teacher_debate_guide.pdf. Guidelines for Conducting a Debate. Debate can be an effective instructional method for helping participants to present and evaluate positions clearly and logically. Debate begins with the debaters having developed or been assigned a position on an issue. The intention is to persuade others that their position is the proper one. In this way debate differs from discussion, which often calls for the cooperative thinking of members of a group in search of a solution or approach to a problem or issue. A specific example of a way in which debate might be a useful method is as a follow-up to a policy-making exercise. Participants who do not agree with the adopted policy might use the debate as an effective means of trying to change public opinion, which might in turn lead to a change in policy.

How to Proceed Decide, or help participants decide upon a subject for debate. Principal Responsibilities of the Instructor Select, or help participants select, a subject or question for debate. UserFiles/File/resources/teacher_debate_guide.pdf. Www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/cur/socstud/frame_found_sr2/tns/tn-13.pdf. Essential Tips for Conducting a Class Debate. 3 Little Words You Should Never Say. You’re in a meeting, just wrapping up your status update, and things are going well. The group seems reassured that you’re on top of things. Then, just as you’re about to close your laptop and head for the door, your boss’ peer asks, “How are projections looking for Q2?” Your boss nods in your direction and suddenly, all eyes in the room are back on you. Blurting out a panicked “I don’t know!” May seem like the path of least resistance in an uncomfortable moment—but if you want to be taken seriously as an emerging leader, you should ditch that phrase and learn what experienced leaders say when they don’t know the answer.

Saying “I Don’t Know” Costs You Credibility and Influence I once spoke with a woman who was truly an expert in her field—the only engineer on her software team with a PhD. Just like that, she had inadvertently trained people to go to her boss with their tough technical questions. “I Don’t Know” is Not an Answer—or an Option! Prepare a More Powerful Response. 5 Secrets That Will Help You Master Conversation Skills.

Small talk advice for gentlemen: Conversational etiquette and intelligence. How to turn small talk into smart conversation. Imagine almost any situation where two or more people are gathered—a wedding reception, a job interview, two off-duty cops hanging out in a Jacuzzi. What do these situations have in common? Almost all of them involve people trying to talk with each other. But in these very moments where a conversation would enhance an encounter, we often fall short. We can’t think of a thing to say.

Or worse, we do a passable job at talking. We stagger through our romantic, professional and social worlds with the goal merely of not crashing, never considering that we might soar. We at What to Talk About headquarters set out to change this. Ask for stories, not answers One way to get beyond small talk is to ask open-ended questions. Instead of . . . Try . . . Break the mirror When small talk stalls out, it’s often due to a phenomenon we call “mirroring.”

Mirrored example: James: It’s a beautiful day! See? Non-mirrored example: James: It’s a beautiful day! See? Leapfrog over the expected response. Barbara Walters on the Art of Conversation, How to Talk to Bores, and What Truman Capote Teaches Us About Being Interesting. By Maria Popova “Things being what they are in the world today, we are more and more driven to depend on one another’s sympathy and friendship in order to survive…” What The Paris Review has done for the art of the interview in print, Barbara Walters has done for it on television. By the time she was forty, Walters was seen by more people than any other woman on TV and had grown famous for her ability not only to land interviews with seemingly unapproachable guests — presidents and politicians, actors and writers, tycoons and entrepreneurs — but also to crack open even the hardest shells and coax into the open the tender humanity within. Walters, never one to shy away from strong opinions, begins by debunking a common myth about the key to great conversation: I happen to disagree with the well-entrenched theory that the art of conversation is merely the art of being a good listener.

Walters goes on to outline a number of conversation strategies for different situations. Thanks, Ruth Ann.