Irrationally speaking

To Mary, who encouraged me to share more personally. The problem with arguing rationally about issues of identity is that one risks missing the forest for the trees. In a formal sense, a position should stand exclusively on the merit of its arguments. But often the central reason for arguing is personal and irrational. In … Continue reading Irrationally speaking

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Talk about Deafhood: Treating Hearing Status

I recently had the honor of sharing my experiences with Deaf culture in a classroom of students interested in being involved in the Deaf community. A lot of discussions have come from the visit, which is exactly what I hoped for. Below is a lengthier response to a few key ideas that have been raised, … Continue reading Talk about Deafhood: Treating Hearing Status

Language with a bionic ear

Last week I wrote about a very specific notion, deafhood, which I thought would help clarify the debate that exists over cochlear implants. Since then I've realized from talking with people that many aren't familiar with the debate itself. Rather than restate objective information that is published elsewhere, or attempt to characterize information I don't … Continue reading Language with a bionic ear