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Julia Galef: Why you think you’re right — even if you’re wrong

Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs — or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France. When your steadfast opinions are tested, Galef asks: “What do you most yearn for? Do you yearn to defend your own beliefs or do you yearn to see the world as clearly as you possibly can?”

Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.

Diploma Reception Photos

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Commencement Photos by Lisa Coffey Mahoney

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O’Dowd Wins Prestigious NCS Elmer Brown Excellence Award

Bishop O’Dowd High School has been awarded the prestigious Elmer Brown Excellence Award, an honor bestowed by the North Coast Section in memory of former NCS commissioner Elmer Brown, who was a longtime head coach at Santa Rosa High School. Brown was known to be a strong advocate of combining passion for athletics along with […]

Commencement Photos by Donovan Rittenbach

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Commencement 2016

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Bishop O’Dowd High School’s 62st Commencement, held on Sunday, June 5, at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre of the Arts. Read more…

Pam Shay Celebrated by Faculty and Staff

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Retiring Principal Pam Shay was celebrated by faculty and staff last week at a reception held in her honor in the Center for Environmental Studies.

President Steve Phelps and Chief Financial Officer Chris Garavaglia spoke about the special gifts Shay brought to O’Dowd and the indelible mark she has left on the school, while Office Manager Jeanne Dupont presented Shay with a hand-made scrapbook that included sweet notes from faculty and staff. Read more…

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Julia Galef: Why you think you're right -- even if you're wrong

Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs — or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France.

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