NOTE: My statements are not necessarily my opinions. I often post point-counterpoint essays in which I strongly take one side of an issue and later counter that with antithetical views. This intellectual exercise helps me see the merit in opposing opinions and augments my creativity.

Declaration of Independence (lasered onto a wood plaque)

I woodburned the Declaration of Independence onto a wood plaque using my laser cutter-engraver, which uses a laser beam to cut or engrave a wide variety of materials (plastic, wood, leather, stone, glass, paper, rubber, foams, and metal).

Declaration of Independence, engraved in wood
The views expressed on this page may or may not reflect my current opinions, nor do they necessarily represent my past ones. After reading a slice of what I wrote in my various websites and books, you may conclude that I am a liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican. Wrong; there is a better alternative. Just as the primary benefit from debate classes results when students present and defend opinions contrary to their own, I use a similar strategy as a creative writing tool to expand my brainpower—and yours. Mystified? Stay tuned for an explanation. PS: The wheels in your head are already turning a bit faster, aren't they?

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reference: Imagining dialogue can boost critical thinking: Excerpt: “Examining an issue as a debate or dialogue between two sides helps people apply deeper, more sophisticated reasoning …”

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Comment #85 by Gloria Dale
December 28 2010 08:54:20 PM

Your work...

very nice surprise and gift for the New Year...thank you Kevin...look forward to your blog..Gloria

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