Latest Kidz Pack April 2019
An Easter Special
Three files for download from google drive here
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Moralities of everyday life from Yale University
This course explores the psychological foundations of our moral lives. Over 6 weeks it looks to explain kindness and cruelty, questions around where our sense of right and wrong comes from and why there is so much disagreement about moral issues.
Beginning with some of the big debates in the field of moral psychology we looked at philosophical approaches eg the roles of reason versus emotion and whether or not disgust influences us. The middle weeks covered the historical origins of morality and where there is diversity and unity. We were given an inside look into some recent human laboratory studies. These were outlined to help us understand how quickly babies began to develop a moral prospect. It was amazing to see how instinctively a toddler went to offer help to an adult struggling with a task. This led us into differences between how societies formed their morals and what roles politics and religion played in morality.
Going a little deeper and on a more personal note we studied how powerfully our groups eg family and friends affected us as apposed to how we treated strangers. What is the correlation between empathy and compassion? Here we looked at stereotypes and considered the accuracy of making moral decisions based on stereotype. This of course included ethnicity, race, bias and strangers. We considered if it was easy to show kindness to strangers. At times the course put us into situations to see how we responded to moral scenarios.
The course finished with an attempt to answer some of the big questions. Here we discussed some clever studies that showed how our moral behaviour is powerfully influenced at an unconscious level by situations we find ourselves in. These findings raised questions about free will and moral responsibility. If our moral actions are determined by our brains, our genes and our situations then in what sense are we moral agents?
This is the 9th course I have completed via Coursera and I have enjoyed every one of them. Firstly because you have access to the brain bank of top international Professors and Researchers. The presenters are all specialists in their field. Secondly because there is always new knowledge to learn and it is only a mouse click and some time away.
Kids Holiday Pack
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We have a series of 25 kids packs that contain tons of ideas for getting bible stories across in an interesting, interactive way. We distribute these around the area to families that can't get to church. All the work and art work is original so you can use and copy and distribute for yourselves. The link above is to our latest pack, but you see all the packs and topics here.
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Nibbles was there - Christmas Story
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I live in the Riverton. The place of beauty in the deep south.
Married to Ernest and with three adult family. Robert and Julia and their families live in Riverton and Sheryl in Auckland.
Four grand children are handy.
I worship with the Limestone Plains Parish.
Interests include study, music and embroidery.
A constant companion is a little papillon dog.
After 28 years in the workforce as a school secretary there was a need to find things to do from home. Study through Trinity College and Coursera have been great tools to keep the brain box working.
Currently a trained Coursera Mentor working with the e-learning programme of the Philosophy Department of Edinburgh University.
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Zine #11 Easter Reflections
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- 07 February 2019, 8:40 PM Rosalie
Hi Dorothy, congratulations on completing another international course, very impressive!
- 17 August 2018, 3:34 PM Rosalie
I love it - story beautifully told with an element of fun all kids can relate to and the illustrations are wonderful.
- 10 June 2016, 11:19 PM David Bell
Hey, hey! Like the Open Badges Dorothy. I think you need to claim the Community Theologian, Muso and 2016 Presenter as well. They should be in your Passport...let me know if I need to resend. Cheers...and what a great set of achievements.