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Thinking on my feet

March 28, 2011

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I went to Cambridge on Friday with a visiting friend, who wanted to see the windows of Kings College Chapel. On the way from the train station, I bought new shoes to replace the winter boots. A small exhibition inside the chapel described the life of John Argentein, a 15th century academic, and the teaching methods of his time. One was the ‘disputation’, defined as the ‘art of thinking on one’s feet’. It sounded like something we could still use.

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