150 years ago today, Lincoln gave his legendary Gettysburg Address. I still owe thanks to my 3rd grade teacher, Mr. Sparks, who required us to memorize this monumental speech. Our class discussed the implications and the impact this short speech had on our nation during a most turbulent,…

An excellent post about the impact of the iPhone on culture by one of our current IRIS students.



This article reminded me of what we talked about in class last Friday. We realized that for something to be truthful, it has to be in agreement with reality. In this case, a radio show (reality) claimed that the water system had been compromised. People who would not have had direct access to the water treatment companies would have no way of verifying this, and so a vast majority of people accepted this radio show prank as the hard truth. 

The two DJs shared a declarative statement that turned out to be false, but I believe it shows how gullible human beings can be. Even if we don’t admit it to others or even ourselves, we usually trust, to some extent, what the media puts out there. Granted, some take that with a grain of salt, but many are quick to believe everything that they hear or read as the absolute truth. 

An insightful article from one of our current IRIS Immersion students. Thanks Haley!



We talked in class recently about how beliefs can be true or false and justified or unjustified. Here’s an example of a justified false belief about a comet destroying a city. (Actually, maybe the goal of all pranks is to induce people into having justified false beliefs).

This video also illustrates the idea that advertising should be entertaining. This whole video is actually an ad for a TV. But it’s entertaining enough that people share it.

Also: I’m guessing this was filmed outside of the United States partially because the prank victims might sue the company here.