Marathon wrote:What was the source of his anger?
Brandon wrote:At the risk of sounding like I may be defending these people, which I am not, people tend to take any criticism badly, let alone criticism of such deeply held beliefs. It's sure to tick people off. Rather than examine the criticism in a constructive manner to see whether or not it's valid, they take it very personally and it becomes an attack on the person themselves rather than the religion. It's not like most people are taught in church or by their parents how to critically examine their religious beliefs. From their perspective, you might as well be saying, "You believe a bunch of garbage and whoever taught you to believe it is an idiot and you're an idiot too for believing it because it's so painfully obvious that it's bunk. Idiot. Did I mention you're an idiot?"
Sans_Deity wrote:Maybe, instead of looking for debate opponents, I should simply invite folks down to the studio to "punch an atheist for Jesus - live!"
Brandon wrote:I think one of the stronger arguments for the keeping the books thing was that if you do it, you will be getting new (as in, updated) books every year. You may end up saving some money, or you may break even. The benefit then is that every year, specifically with science texts, you will be getting new editions with updated material. The books for the following year then will be smaller and in effect cheaper to produce, because you will only have to print new material rather than review material, as it will be assumed the student will have the previous year's book for that review material.
I think it's a fantastic idea, if only for science texts, and if only because it would allow schools to update their material every year to keep up with new scientific advances.
donnyton wrote:Unfortunately this hasn't even caught on in medicine, where $300 behemoths are published every few years and have to be completely updated.
Thousand wrote:I'm not quite convinced about the keeping your books idea. I have a hard time imagining very many students, especially below the high school level, referring to old text books on their own.
Brandon wrote:My question is, putting the pocket-lining profits of textbook companies aside, why don't students have eBook readers this day in age rather than actual books?
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