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Saudade and Bicycles

“There’s a word in Portuguese…” Anyone who’s seen Sarah Ruhl’s play-turned-musical Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical will recognize this line. I programmed and ran this show last spring (saw it about 30 times), so I know it pretty well. 456 more words


Out of control? Online (Twitter) shaming spirals trend. Opposite to democracy?

Out of control? Online shaming spirals

In the early days of Twitter, it was like a place of radical de-shaming.

People would admit shameful secrets about themselves, and other people would say, “Oh my God, I’m exactly the same.” Voiceless people realized that they had a voice, and it was powerful and eloquent. 3,004 more words


"The Color Of Sight": A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Matt Kleiner (2015)

“The Color Of Sight”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Excerpts from Jonah Lehrer’s “Proust Was A Neuroscientist” Directed By Matt Kleiner.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Matt Kleiner… 36 more words

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20. Causality, Feedback and Relations

This is an important episode in the story of graphical linear algebra. We return to our intuitions, the ones we started with all the way back in… 2,253 more words


The Squiggly Problem: On Integrity

Last week, I was working on a story about Shel Silverstein when I came across a lovely phrase by New Yorker writer Ruth Margalit, describing Silverstein’s… 766 more words


How To Train The Brain To Make Better Decisions

How To Train The Brain To Make Better Decisions

I have just finished reading an excellent book “How We Decide” by Jonah Lehrer

The book explains the neuroscience of decision making and how our two brains; the logical and emotional brain, compete and work together when making chooses. 1,151 more words


The Week in Ethics: The Way Forward from Public Shaming

Students in a middle school painted words important to them on rocks placed under a tree. “Patience,” “courage,” “strength,” and “peace” were scattered under the limbs. 713 more words

Ethical Behavior