Solitary Nation | Reflections

April 23, 2014

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http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/locked-up-in-america/   Solitary confinement began in the United States in the 1800s as a progressive experiment to see if isolation would reform criminals. It was soon largely abandoned because prisoners didn’t reform, they lost their minds. But in the 1980s, solitary re-emerged as a way to stamp out prison violence. The United States now has […]

Posted in: Justice

TED | David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé … or your eulogy?

April 18, 2014

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So I’ve been thinking about the difference between the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the ones you put on your résumé, which are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that get mentioned in the eulogy, which are deeper: who are you, in your […]

Posted in: Life, Philosophy, TED

TED | Steven Pinker & Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The long reach of reason

March 18, 2014

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Steven Pinker (SP): Okay. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (RNG): Reason appears to have fallen on hard times: Popular culture plumbs new depths of dumbth and political discourse has become a race to the bottom. We’re living in an era of scientific creationism, 9/11 conspiracy theories, psychic hotlines, and a resurgence of religious fundamentalism. People who think […]

Chasing Ice | Notes & Review

March 2, 2014

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Chasing Ice. (2012) PG-13. Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Carbon and temperature vary together. Over the last 800,000 years or so, the amount of atmospheric carbon in the air was never more […]

Posted in: Environment

Generation Like | Notes & Reflections

March 2, 2014

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http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/generation-like/ Are we asking the right questions about our teens and technology? Today’s teens don’t need to be chased down. They’re putting themselves out there online for anyone to see, telling the world what is cool, starting with their online profiles. “Likes” are the social currency of our time. The more likes you have, the […]

TED | David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence

March 1, 2014

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I wanted to talk to you today about creative confidence. I’m going to start way back in the third grade at Oakdale School in Barberton, Ohio.   I remember one day my best friend Brian was working on a project. He was making a horse out of the clay that our teacher kept under the […]

TED | Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?

February 26, 2014

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I want to talk a little bit today about labor and work. When we think about how people work, the naive intuition we have is that people are like rats in a maze — that all people care about is money, and the moment we give people money, we can direct them to work one […]