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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time | Reflections

July 19, 2017

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Wikipedia entry. With similarities to Next To Normal, (one of my favorite productions of all time), The Curious Incident put on stage the mind of Autism, and drew the audience in to the head space through lights, and actors. It was a thoughtful presentation, though obviously, it falls short of one’s real experience. The boldness of the […]

Option B | Notes & Reflections

May 11, 2017

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Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. (226 pages) OptionB.org; Sheryl Sandberg’s Advice for Grieving, by REBECCA J. ROSEN, The Atlantic; In Option B, Sheryl Sandberg Takes the Hacker Way Through Grief, by Davey Alba, Wired; Life After Death, BY BELINDA LUSCOMBE, Time; Jenny Anderson review, Quartz; […]

TED | Robb Willer: How To Have Better Political Conversations

February 7, 2017

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So you probably have the sense, as most people do, that polarization is getting worse in our country, that the divide between the left and the right is as bad as it’s been in really any of our lifetimes. But you might also reasonably wonder if research backs up your intuition. And in a nutshell, […]

Divided States Of America | Review & Reflections

January 22, 2017

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PBS Frontline. Divided States of America. 2017. Synopsis: FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship that gridlocked Washington in the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president. —review— In good Frontline fashion, this two-part documentary is a measured journalistic journey that charts through the history of the development of recent politics that have […]

Becoming Sons And Daughters | Reflections

December 16, 2016

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Becoming Sons and Daughters [2012] Plot summary from IMDb: Every major social problem that plagues our nation today can be traced back to one root cause: Fatherlessness. For instance, 71% of pregnant teenagers live in a fatherless home. Additionally, 85% of young men in prison grew up without a dad. They are not stats, they […]

The Righteous Mind | Notes & Review

December 14, 2016

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Jonathan Haidt. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. 2012. (419 pages) I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, not to hate them, but to understand them. – Baruch Spinoza, Tractatus Politicus, 1676 Introduction This book is about why it’s so hard for […]

I Am Not Your Guru | Reflections

September 8, 2016

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I Am Not Your Guru. Netflix Documentary (2016). There is perhaps nothing as captivating and mysterious as what influences human emotion and behavior. There is also perhaps nothing that attracts more criticism–as reported by this Newsweek article–than those who claim to hold the secrets of that influence. The greater the master, the larger the, well, […]