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A recent article on The Verge describes how a college student recently used an autoregressive language model and deep-learning to produce texts that appear to have been composed by a human. Out of 26,000 viewers of the blog only one was able to identify it as a mechanical algorithm, based on a perceived lack of substance.    One Senatorial committee...

Note: The following blog entry comes to us from our colleague and friend, Betsy K. Brown, who teaches and chairs the humanities program at Cicero Preparatory Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona. A graduate of Seattle Pacific University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, with a focus on creative nonfiction, Betsy loves to share the goodness of words...

A recent article on The Verge describes how a college student recently used an autoregressive language model and deep-learning to produce texts that appear to have been composed by a human. Out of 26,000 viewers of the blog only one was able to identify it as a mechanical algorithm, based on a perceived lack of substance.    One Senatorial committee...

Certainly poetry at its best captures sentiments and human striving with immortal lines. From the tragic battle for Troy (Homer) to the quest to recover Paradise (Milton), poetry speaks to the epic panorama of human experience. Along the way, some shorter lyrics provide us with snippets of experience, wrapped in the sounds and imagery of...

Rob Jackson Director, Institute for Classical Education As we continue our lives in quarantine for the foreseeable future, it seems worthwhile to reflect on how to remain productive while in relative isolation. To start with, this WSJ article provides some tips for telecommuting that might be helpful in structuring our stay-at-home workdays. Then, if you need some inspiration, there...

True confession: I’m feeling the failure of my fifty-two years. You see, William Shakespeare (whose birthday the world celebrated yesterday) died at fifty-two, having penned at least 40 of the world's greatest dramas. And, I haven’t composed even one! But, such is the melodrama of comparing oneself to a genius. Meanwhile, I’m taking note of the...