Philosophy. Just the word sounds a little overly pretentious. When I was a kid I thought philosophy was about creating purposefully vague statements that somehow included deep meaning. I remember hearing the paradox: "Can God create a rock so big that even he can't lift it." To … [Read more...] about What I Learned Reading Plato With My Kids
As a kid I was fascinated by paradoxes and would daydream about them until my mind brought me back to skateboarding. In fact, I used to think solving a paradox was the primary job of a philosopher. Now that I'm older and I have kids, I sometimes like to tease them with variations … [Read more...] about Can Kids Escape the Ship of Theseus Paradox
A couple years ago I was walking down the driveway with my 5 year old daughter to get the mail. As we walked she looked down and noticed 4 or 5 brightly colored Skittles in one of the concrete joints. She stopped and stared down for a minute and then looked up at me. I knew … [Read more...] about What Can Plato’s Ring Tell Kids About Morality?
We all make claims. "This drink is too hot." "The mail is late." "Die Hard is the best Christmas movie ever." Or "the best way to good health is a bowl of Captain Crunch every morning." These are just some of the claims I have made in the past 2 weeks. But how good were my … [Read more...] about How Kids Can Give Strong Reasons For A Claim
I asked my 5 year old what makes a good friend. He told me, "somebody who shares their candy and doesn't hit." I also asked what made HIM a good friend. He thought about it for a minute and said, "well, I don't usually have much candy but I let everybody play with my train set." … [Read more...] about What Qualities Are Required To Be A Good Friend?