Category Archives: Psychology & Sociology

Unlike: Why I’m Leaving Facebook | Decision Time

Decision Time I’m leaving Facebook. I hesitantly got a Facebook (FB) account many years ago after being peer-pressured to do so. I’m a naturally private person, and so posting on a “worldwide web” about my life was absolutely repellant. As

Unlike: Why I’m Leaving Facebook | Decision Time

Decision Time I’m leaving Facebook. I hesitantly got a Facebook (FB) account many years ago after being peer-pressured to do so. I’m a naturally private person, and so posting on a “worldwide web” about my life was absolutely repellant. As

Uncivil Agreement | Reflections & Notes

Lilliana Mason. Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity. University of Chicago Press, 2018. (183 pages) REFLECTIONS Allow me to sum up the most important takeaways if we are going to have a civil society: Do not identify with a

Uncivil Agreement | Reflections & Notes

Lilliana Mason. Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity. University of Chicago Press, 2018. (183 pages) REFLECTIONS Allow me to sum up the most important takeaways if we are going to have a civil society: Do not identify with a

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Keynote Address at ADL’s 2019 Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate | Transcript, Highlights, and Reflections

  TRANSCRIPT & HIGHLIGHTS Thank you, Jonathan, for your very kind words. Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry. And to be clear, when I say “racism, hate and bigotry” I’m not

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Keynote Address at ADL’s 2019 Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate | Transcript, Highlights, and Reflections

  TRANSCRIPT & HIGHLIGHTS Thank you, Jonathan, for your very kind words. Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry. And to be clear, when I say “racism, hate and bigotry” I’m not

Democracy Devouring Itself | Reflections and Paper

REFLECTIONS I have felt for a long time that the problems we are facing in America (and around the world) are fundamentally epistemological and that everything else is symptomatic of what we think, how we know, and our perception of

Democracy Devouring Itself | Reflections and Paper

REFLECTIONS I have felt for a long time that the problems we are facing in America (and around the world) are fundamentally epistemological and that everything else is symptomatic of what we think, how we know, and our perception of

Biased | Reflections & Notes

Jennifer Eberhardt, Ph.D. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. Viking, 2019. (340 pages) A journey is called that because you cannot know what you will…do with what you find, or what you find will

Biased | Reflections & Notes

Jennifer Eberhardt, Ph.D. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. Viking, 2019. (340 pages) A journey is called that because you cannot know what you will…do with what you find, or what you find will

TEDx | Paula Stone Williams: I’ve Lived as A Man & A Woman

[select quotes] “There is no way a well-educated white male can understand how much the culture is tilted in his favor. There’s no way he can understand it because it’s all he’s ever known, and all he ever will know.

TEDx | Paula Stone Williams: I’ve Lived as A Man & A Woman

[select quotes] “There is no way a well-educated white male can understand how much the culture is tilted in his favor. There’s no way he can understand it because it’s all he’s ever known, and all he ever will know.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor | Reflections

“The greatest thing we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.” “Love is at the root of everything. All learning. All relationships. Love, or the lack of it.” – Fred Rogers Won’t You Be

Won’t You Be My Neighbor | Reflections

“The greatest thing we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.” “Love is at the root of everything. All learning. All relationships. Love, or the lack of it.” – Fred Rogers Won’t You Be

Man’s Search For Meaning | Reflections & Notes

Viktor E. Frankl. Man’s Search For Meaning. Beacon Press, 2006. (165 pages) Teacher’s Guide: (9780807014295.pdf) REFLECTIONS This may be one of the most important books I’ve read, ever. Why? Exactly. Everything from love as grounded in being, tragedy as overcome by

Man’s Search For Meaning | Reflections & Notes

Viktor E. Frankl. Man’s Search For Meaning. Beacon Press, 2006. (165 pages) Teacher’s Guide: (9780807014295.pdf) REFLECTIONS This may be one of the most important books I’ve read, ever. Why? Exactly. Everything from love as grounded in being, tragedy as overcome by

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor | Reflections & Notes

Tren Griffin. Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor. Columbia University Press, 2015. (209 pages) REFLECTIONS I have always considered money to be a reflection of something more than mere dollars and cents. Add to that Yuval Noah Harari’s description of money as

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor | Reflections & Notes

Tren Griffin. Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor. Columbia University Press, 2015. (209 pages) REFLECTIONS I have always considered money to be a reflection of something more than mere dollars and cents. Add to that Yuval Noah Harari’s description of money as

The Amygdala Song

Brilliant. The Amygdala Song lyrics the amygdala’s a button in my limbic brain it’s really not complicated, i’ll explain: if something happens suddenly to do me harm my amygdala rings like a tiny alarm if a sabre-tooth tiger’s jumpin’ out

The Amygdala Song

Brilliant. The Amygdala Song lyrics the amygdala’s a button in my limbic brain it’s really not complicated, i’ll explain: if something happens suddenly to do me harm my amygdala rings like a tiny alarm if a sabre-tooth tiger’s jumpin’ out

Believed podcast | Reflections

REFLECTIONS This series is one of the most insightfully disturbing, tragically illuminating, and piercingly convicting podcasts I’ve listened to. The Larry Nassar case and story is no doubt about one man’s serial abuse of children and young women. It is

Believed podcast | Reflections

REFLECTIONS This series is one of the most insightfully disturbing, tragically illuminating, and piercingly convicting podcasts I’ve listened to. The Larry Nassar case and story is no doubt about one man’s serial abuse of children and young women. It is

Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children

Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children Robert D. Sege, Benjamin S. Siegel, COUNCIL ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH. Online article; Download PDF; Download PDF REFLECTIONS If reading How To Traumatize Your Children

Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children

Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children Robert D. Sege, Benjamin S. Siegel, COUNCIL ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH. Online article; Download PDF; Download PDF REFLECTIONS If reading How To Traumatize Your Children

Why Buddhism Is True | Review & Notes

Robert Wright. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Simon & Schuster, 2017. (321 pages) REVIEW There still exists in some fundamental circles a fight for the validity of one’s religion over another. This “apologetic” ethic is quite

Why Buddhism Is True | Review & Notes

Robert Wright. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Simon & Schuster, 2017. (321 pages) REVIEW There still exists in some fundamental circles a fight for the validity of one’s religion over another. This “apologetic” ethic is quite

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no

Enlightenment Now | Critical Reflections, Critical Reviews, & Notes

Steven Pinker. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Penguin Random House, 2018. (556 pages) CRITICAL REFLECTIONS There are several possible approaches to the dilemma of this juncture in human history. Some panic. Some celebrate. Some hope and

Enlightenment Now | Critical Reflections, Critical Reviews, & Notes

Steven Pinker. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Penguin Random House, 2018. (556 pages) CRITICAL REFLECTIONS There are several possible approaches to the dilemma of this juncture in human history. Some panic. Some celebrate. Some hope and

Disunity in Christ | Reflections & Notes

Christena Cleveland. Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart. IVP Books, 2013. (220 pages) Reflections Reading this book was an exercise in feeling a continuous sense of despairing hope. First, this book was published in 2013, which means

Disunity in Christ | Reflections & Notes

Christena Cleveland. Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart. IVP Books, 2013. (220 pages) Reflections Reading this book was an exercise in feeling a continuous sense of despairing hope. First, this book was published in 2013, which means

Talking Across The Divide | Review & Notes

Justin Lee. Talking Across The Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World. Tarcher Perigee, 2018. (259 pages) geekyjustin.com/tatd/; Penguin Random House publisher page REVIEW Oh how I wish that everyone who thinks arguing

Talking Across The Divide | Review & Notes

Justin Lee. Talking Across The Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World. Tarcher Perigee, 2018. (259 pages) geekyjustin.com/tatd/; Penguin Random House publisher page REVIEW Oh how I wish that everyone who thinks arguing

The Power Paradox | Review & Notes

Dacher Keltner. The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. Penguin Books, 2016. (196 pages) REVIEW This is perhaps one of the most important books I’ve read on the behavioral sciences, a thesis that has the potential to transform virtually

The Power Paradox | Review & Notes

Dacher Keltner. The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. Penguin Books, 2016. (196 pages) REVIEW This is perhaps one of the most important books I’ve read on the behavioral sciences, a thesis that has the potential to transform virtually

The Rachel Divide | Reflections

The Rachel Divide, 2018 [TV-MA] IMDB page. Reviews and Commentaries First, here are a few noteworthy reviews and commentaries: The Rachel Dolezal Documentary Isn’t Going To Change Anyone’s Mind by Kovie Biakolo of BuzzFeed; ‘Rachel Divide’ Director Says Dolezal ‘Has Remained Resolute

The Rachel Divide | Reflections

The Rachel Divide, 2018 [TV-MA] IMDB page. Reviews and Commentaries First, here are a few noteworthy reviews and commentaries: The Rachel Dolezal Documentary Isn’t Going To Change Anyone’s Mind by Kovie Biakolo of BuzzFeed; ‘Rachel Divide’ Director Says Dolezal ‘Has Remained Resolute

Robert Waldinger: What Makes A Good Life? Lessons From The Longest Study on Happiness | Transcript & Highlights

What keeps us healthy and happy as we go through life? If you were going to invest now in your future best self, where would you put your time and your energy? There was a recent survey of millennials asking them what their most important life

Robert Waldinger: What Makes A Good Life? Lessons From The Longest Study on Happiness | Transcript & Highlights

What keeps us healthy and happy as we go through life? If you were going to invest now in your future best self, where would you put your time and your energy? There was a recent survey of millennials asking them what their most important life

Julie Lythcott-Haims: How To Raise Successful Kids–Without Over-Parenting | Transcript and Highlights

You know, I didn’t set out to be a parenting expert. In fact, I’m not very interested in parenting, per se. It’s just that there’s a certain style of parenting these days that is kind of messing up kids, impeding their chances to

Julie Lythcott-Haims: How To Raise Successful Kids–Without Over-Parenting | Transcript and Highlights

You know, I didn’t set out to be a parenting expert. In fact, I’m not very interested in parenting, per se. It’s just that there’s a certain style of parenting these days that is kind of messing up kids, impeding their chances to

The Hacking of the American Mind | Reflections & Notes

Robert Lustig. The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains. Avery, 2017. (344 pages) REFLECTIONS The well-marketed title of this book is a bit of hypocritical irony. The tone of the phrase

The Hacking of the American Mind | Reflections & Notes

Robert Lustig. The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains. Avery, 2017. (344 pages) REFLECTIONS The well-marketed title of this book is a bit of hypocritical irony. The tone of the phrase

White People | Reflections

MTV’s documentary, White People [2015] by Jose Antonio Vargas. Wikipedia page; race.lookdifferent.com; The Trouble With “White People” by Hua Hsu, The New Yorker; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: White People Gets It Right About Being White, Time; White People 101 by Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic. You can read

White People | Reflections

MTV’s documentary, White People [2015] by Jose Antonio Vargas. Wikipedia page; race.lookdifferent.com; The Trouble With “White People” by Hua Hsu, The New Yorker; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: White People Gets It Right About Being White, Time; White People 101 by Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic. You can read

The Primal Wound | Notes & Critical Review

Nancy Newton Verrier. The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. Gateway Press, Inc., 1993. (225 pages) Preface …it was easier for us to give her love than it was for her to accept it. (xiii) At the same time that she

The Primal Wound | Notes & Critical Review

Nancy Newton Verrier. The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. Gateway Press, Inc., 1993. (225 pages) Preface …it was easier for us to give her love than it was for her to accept it. (xiii) At the same time that she

TED | Lisa Feldman Barrett: You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions, your brain creates them

My research lab sits about a mile from where several bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon in 2013. The surviving bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of Chechnya, was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Now, when a jury has to make the decision between life in

TED | Lisa Feldman Barrett: You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions, your brain creates them

My research lab sits about a mile from where several bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon in 2013. The surviving bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of Chechnya, was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Now, when a jury has to make the decision between life in

Tribe | Notes & Reflections

Sebastian Junger. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. HarperCollins, 2016. (167 pages) Introduction I wanted the chance to prove my worth to my community and my peers, but I lived in a time and a place where nothing dangerous ever really happened.

Tribe | Notes & Reflections

Sebastian Junger. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. HarperCollins, 2016. (167 pages) Introduction I wanted the chance to prove my worth to my community and my peers, but I lived in a time and a place where nothing dangerous ever really happened.

The Mind Of God | Review & Notes

Dr. Jay Lombard. The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and A Search for the Soul. Harmony Books, 2017. (197 pages) REVIEW In sum, I haven’t read a book in a long time of which I had so much appreciation, wonder, and

The Mind Of God | Review & Notes

Dr. Jay Lombard. The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and A Search for the Soul. Harmony Books, 2017. (197 pages) REVIEW In sum, I haven’t read a book in a long time of which I had so much appreciation, wonder, and

Whose In Charge? | Notes & Reflections

Michael S. Gazzaniga. Who’s In Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain. HarperCollins, 2011. (260 pages) INTRODUCTION We all feel the tug of an insatiable desire to carry on the quest to know more about the situation in which

Whose In Charge? | Notes & Reflections

Michael S. Gazzaniga. Who’s In Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain. HarperCollins, 2011. (260 pages) INTRODUCTION We all feel the tug of an insatiable desire to carry on the quest to know more about the situation in which

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

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

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

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

A Failure Of Nerve | Review & Notes

Edwin H. Friedman. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. Seabury Books and The Edwin Friedman Trust, 1999, 2007. (260 pages) Greg Wiens review; All Is Grist review; Todd Noren-Hentz book notes; Todd Hiestand summary; 10th

A Failure Of Nerve | Review & Notes

Edwin H. Friedman. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. Seabury Books and The Edwin Friedman Trust, 1999, 2007. (260 pages) Greg Wiens review; All Is Grist review; Todd Noren-Hentz book notes; Todd Hiestand summary; 10th

Hillbilly Elegy | Notes & Reflections

J. D. Vance. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. HarperCollins, 2016. (264 pages) Introduction So I didn’t write this book because I’ve accomplished something extraordinary. I wrote this book because I’ve achieved something quite ordinary, which

Hillbilly Elegy | Notes & Reflections

J. D. Vance. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. HarperCollins, 2016. (264 pages) Introduction So I didn’t write this book because I’ve accomplished something extraordinary. I wrote this book because I’ve achieved something quite ordinary, which

Option B | Notes & Reflections

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,

Option B | Notes & Reflections

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,

TED | Robb Willer: How To Have Better Political Conversations

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

TED | Robb Willer: How To Have Better Political Conversations

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

Divided States Of America | Review & Reflections

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

Divided States Of America | Review & Reflections

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

Becoming Sons And Daughters | Reflections

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%

Becoming Sons And Daughters | Reflections

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%

The Righteous Mind | Notes & Review

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. –

The Righteous Mind | Notes & Review

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. –

Michelle Higgins: Seeing Past the Color Line in the Bay Area | Notes

The following are a few notes from a talk that Michelle gave at the University of AME Zion church in Palo Alto, November 12, 2016 hosted by TBC. You can see her talk here, read her CT article here, and

Michelle Higgins: Seeing Past the Color Line in the Bay Area | Notes

The following are a few notes from a talk that Michelle gave at the University of AME Zion church in Palo Alto, November 12, 2016 hosted by TBC. You can see her talk here, read her CT article here, and

I Am Not Your Guru | Reflections

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

I Am Not Your Guru | Reflections

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

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 | Notes

Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves. Emotional Intelligence 2.0. TalentSmart, 2009. (255 pages) Talent Smart’s site. 1. The Journey The communication between your emotional and rational “brains” is the physical source of emotional intelligence. The pathway for emotional intelligence starts in

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 | Notes

Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves. Emotional Intelligence 2.0. TalentSmart, 2009. (255 pages) Talent Smart’s site. 1. The Journey The communication between your emotional and rational “brains” is the physical source of emotional intelligence. The pathway for emotional intelligence starts in

The Happiest Toddler on the Block | Reflections & Notes

Dr. Harvey Karp. The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old. Bantam Books, 2008. (303 pages) REFLECTIONS Who has time to read a parenting book? They’re all too long, and there’s

The Happiest Toddler on the Block | Reflections & Notes

Dr. Harvey Karp. The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old. Bantam Books, 2008. (303 pages) REFLECTIONS Who has time to read a parenting book? They’re all too long, and there’s

Freakonomics, The Movie | Review & Quotes

Freakonomics. Magnolia Pictures, 2010. Review When I read the book several years ago, a whole new world opened up to me. It was an experience of feeling like scales had fallen from my eyes and I could see things that

Freakonomics, The Movie | Review & Quotes

Freakonomics. Magnolia Pictures, 2010. Review When I read the book several years ago, a whole new world opened up to me. It was an experience of feeling like scales had fallen from my eyes and I could see things that

Ex Machina | Reflections

Ex Machina. [R] (2015) The prospect of AI reaching the level of passing the Turing Test is intriguing in and of itself, a scientific inquiry that titillates the geek in all of us. But what I believe to be the

Ex Machina | Reflections

Ex Machina. [R] (2015) The prospect of AI reaching the level of passing the Turing Test is intriguing in and of itself, a scientific inquiry that titillates the geek in all of us. But what I believe to be the

Prophet’s Prey | Reflections

Prophet’s Prey. October, 2015 [TV14] Watch trailer here. “Showtime documentary revealing the shocking life of notorious cult leader Warren Jeffs, and the FLDS Church, who through brainwashing and abuse seized control of his followers’ lives and an organization worth hundreds

Prophet’s Prey | Reflections

Prophet’s Prey. October, 2015 [TV14] Watch trailer here. “Showtime documentary revealing the shocking life of notorious cult leader Warren Jeffs, and the FLDS Church, who through brainwashing and abuse seized control of his followers’ lives and an organization worth hundreds

12 Angry Men | Reflections

12 Angry Men. 1957 [NR] 12 Angry Men is a dramatic depiction of a jury whose deliberations about a murder case set the stage for a variety of group dynamics and realities that emerge out of the human spirit. In

12 Angry Men | Reflections

12 Angry Men. 1957 [NR] 12 Angry Men is a dramatic depiction of a jury whose deliberations about a murder case set the stage for a variety of group dynamics and realities that emerge out of the human spirit. In

Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance | Review

“All that I have behind me is, smoke, death, desolation, and damnation.” Aside from the low production quality, and some bad acting in the film, this voyeuristic view into the life and mind of Panzram is fascinating, even if it

Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance | Review

“All that I have behind me is, smoke, death, desolation, and damnation.” Aside from the low production quality, and some bad acting in the film, this voyeuristic view into the life and mind of Panzram is fascinating, even if it

TED | Tony Fadell: The first secret of design is … noticing

In the great 1980s movie “The Blues Brothers,” there’s a scene where John Belushi goes to visit Dan Aykroyd in his apartment in Chicago for the very first time. It’s a cramped, tiny space and it’s just three feet away

TED | Tony Fadell: The first secret of design is … noticing

In the great 1980s movie “The Blues Brothers,” there’s a scene where John Belushi goes to visit Dan Aykroyd in his apartment in Chicago for the very first time. It’s a cramped, tiny space and it’s just three feet away

TED | Laura Schulz: The surprisingly logical minds of babies

Mark Twain summed up what I take to be one of the fundamental problems of cognitive science with a single witticism. He said, “There’s something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling

TED | Laura Schulz: The surprisingly logical minds of babies

Mark Twain summed up what I take to be one of the fundamental problems of cognitive science with a single witticism. He said, “There’s something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling

The Whole-Brain Child | Notes & Review

Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. Bantam Books, 2012. (176 pages) WholeBrainChild.com; Dan Siegel’s page; Empowered To Connect (handouts, etc.); ParentMap; iBooks; Nichole Huff, NC University; Introduction:

The Whole-Brain Child | Notes & Review

Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. Bantam Books, 2012. (176 pages) WholeBrainChild.com; Dan Siegel’s page; Empowered To Connect (handouts, etc.); ParentMap; iBooks; Nichole Huff, NC University; Introduction:

Parenting Our Teens Though the Challenges of Life | Notes & Critical Reflections

Parenting Our Teens Though the Challenges of Life: 
A conference on adolescent mental health Opening with John Ortberg Why are we doing this conference? There is no greater gift in the world and no greater burden than being a parent.

Parenting Our Teens Though the Challenges of Life | Notes & Critical Reflections

Parenting Our Teens Though the Challenges of Life: 
A conference on adolescent mental health Opening with John Ortberg Why are we doing this conference? There is no greater gift in the world and no greater burden than being a parent.

Her | Reflections

Her. 2013 [R] “Are these feelings really real, or are they just programming?” For the sensible, this movie may prove disturbing. For the sociologist, technologist, and humanist, Her is intriguing, inspiring, captivating, insightful, and touching. The discussion of human and robot/AI

Her | Reflections

Her. 2013 [R] “Are these feelings really real, or are they just programming?” For the sensible, this movie may prove disturbing. For the sociologist, technologist, and humanist, Her is intriguing, inspiring, captivating, insightful, and touching. The discussion of human and robot/AI

Nurture Shock | Notes

Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman. Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children. Twelve, 2009. (336 pages) Preface When everything is all dressed up as entertainment–when it’s all supposed to be magical and surprising and fascinating–the Real Thing may be perceived as

Nurture Shock | Notes

Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman. Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children. Twelve, 2009. (336 pages) Preface When everything is all dressed up as entertainment–when it’s all supposed to be magical and surprising and fascinating–the Real Thing may be perceived as

TED | Stella Young: I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much

I grew up in a very small country town in Victoria. I had a very normal, low-key kind of upbringing. I went to school, I hung out with my friends, I fought with my younger sisters. It was all very

TED | Stella Young: I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much

I grew up in a very small country town in Victoria. I had a very normal, low-key kind of upbringing. I went to school, I hung out with my friends, I fought with my younger sisters. It was all very

TED | Dan Gilbert: The psychology of your future self

At every stage of our lives we make decisions that will profoundly influence the lives of the people we’re going to become, and then when we become those people, we’re not always thrilled with the decisions we made. So young

TED | Dan Gilbert: The psychology of your future self

At every stage of our lives we make decisions that will profoundly influence the lives of the people we’re going to become, and then when we become those people, we’re not always thrilled with the decisions we made. So young

TED | Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness

I grew up in Europe, and World War II caught me when I was between seven and 10 years old. And I realized how few of the grown-ups that I knew were able to withstand the tragedies that the war

TED | Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness

I grew up in Europe, and World War II caught me when I was between seven and 10 years old. And I realized how few of the grown-ups that I knew were able to withstand the tragedies that the war

Daring Greatly | Notes & Review

Brené Brown. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Gotham Books, 2012. (287 pages) What It Means to Dare Greatly Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the

Daring Greatly | Notes & Review

Brené Brown. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Gotham Books, 2012. (287 pages) What It Means to Dare Greatly Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the

TED | David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence

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.

TED | David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence

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.

TED | Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

When I was seven years old and my sister was just five years old, we were playing on top of a bunk bed. I was two years older than my sister at the time — I mean, I’m two years

TED | Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

When I was seven years old and my sister was just five years old, we were playing on top of a bunk bed. I was two years older than my sister at the time — I mean, I’m two years

Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media | Notes

Carrie James with Katie Davis, Andrea Flores, John M. Francis, Lindsay Pettingill, Margaret Rundle, and Howard Gardner. Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media: A Synthesis from the GoodPlay Project. MIT Press, 2009. (127 pages, free in .pdf) (Locations,

Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media | Notes

Carrie James with Katie Davis, Andrea Flores, John M. Francis, Lindsay Pettingill, Margaret Rundle, and Howard Gardner. Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media: A Synthesis from the GoodPlay Project. MIT Press, 2009. (127 pages, free in .pdf) (Locations,

Amusing Ourselves to Death | Notes & Review

Neil Postman. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Penguin Books, 1985. (183 pages) Forward This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right. (viii) Part I 1. The Medium Is the

Amusing Ourselves to Death | Notes & Review

Neil Postman. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Penguin Books, 1985. (183 pages) Forward This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right. (viii) Part I 1. The Medium Is the

The Big Disconnect | Notes & Review

Catherine Steiner-Adair. The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. Harper, 2013. (374 pages) Introduction: The Revolution in the Living Room All the wisdom in the world about child-rearing cannot, by itself, replace intimate human ties,

The Big Disconnect | Notes & Review

Catherine Steiner-Adair. The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. Harper, 2013. (374 pages) Introduction: The Revolution in the Living Room All the wisdom in the world about child-rearing cannot, by itself, replace intimate human ties,

TED | Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles”

Mark Zuckerberg, a journalist was asking him a question about the news feed. And the journalist was asking him, “Why is this so important?” And Zuckerberg said, A squirrel dying in your front yard may be more relevant to your

TED | Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles”

Mark Zuckerberg, a journalist was asking him a question about the news feed. And the journalist was asking him, “Why is this so important?” And Zuckerberg said, A squirrel dying in your front yard may be more relevant to your

The Shallows | Notes & Review

Nicholas Carr. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains.  W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2010. (276 pages) Prologue: The Watchdog and the Thief What both enthusiast and skeptic miss is what McLuhan saw: that in the long

The Shallows | Notes & Review

Nicholas Carr. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains.  W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2010. (276 pages) Prologue: The Watchdog and the Thief What both enthusiast and skeptic miss is what McLuhan saw: that in the long

TED | James Flynn: Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents

(Transcript hopefully to come. For now, read Beyond the Flynn Effect, a lecture by Professor James Flynn at the University of Cambridge.) We are going to take a quick voyage over the cognitive history of the 20th century, because during

TED | James Flynn: Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents

(Transcript hopefully to come. For now, read Beyond the Flynn Effect, a lecture by Professor James Flynn at the University of Cambridge.) We are going to take a quick voyage over the cognitive history of the 20th century, because during

TED | Daniel H. Cohen: For argument’s sake

My name is Dan Cohen, and I am academic, as he said. And what that means is that I argue. It’s an important part of my life, and I like to argue. And I’m not just an academic, I’m a

TED | Daniel H. Cohen: For argument’s sake

My name is Dan Cohen, and I am academic, as he said. And what that means is that I argue. It’s an important part of my life, and I like to argue. And I’m not just an academic, I’m a

Moonwalking With Einstein | Notes & Review

Joshua Foer. Moonwalking WIth Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. The Penguin Press, 2011. (307 pages) There were no other survivors. Family members at the scene of the fifth-century-B.C. banquet hall catastrophe pawed at the debris for signs

Moonwalking With Einstein | Notes & Review

Joshua Foer. Moonwalking WIth Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. The Penguin Press, 2011. (307 pages) There were no other survivors. Family members at the scene of the fifth-century-B.C. banquet hall catastrophe pawed at the debris for signs

TED | Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what

Even in purely non-religious terms, homosexuality represents a misuse of the sexual faculty. It is a pathetic little second-rate substitute for reality — a pitiable flight from life. As such, it deserves no compassion, it deserves no treatment as minority

TED | Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what

Even in purely non-religious terms, homosexuality represents a misuse of the sexual faculty. It is a pathetic little second-rate substitute for reality — a pitiable flight from life. As such, it deserves no compassion, it deserves no treatment as minority

TED | Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue

I’m going to share with you a paradigm-shifting perspective on the issues of gender violence — sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship abuse, sexual harassment, sexual abuse of children. That whole range of issues that I’ll refer to in shorthand as

TED | Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue

I’m going to share with you a paradigm-shifting perspective on the issues of gender violence — sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship abuse, sexual harassment, sexual abuse of children. That whole range of issues that I’ll refer to in shorthand as

How Do You Kill 11 Million People | Notes & Review

Andy Andrews. How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why The truth Matters More Than You Think. Thomas Nelson, 2011. (84 pages) The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under

How Do You Kill 11 Million People | Notes & Review

Andy Andrews. How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why The truth Matters More Than You Think. Thomas Nelson, 2011. (84 pages) The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under

TED | Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other’s minds

  Today I’m going to talk to you about the problem of other minds. And the problem I’m going to talk about is not the familiar one from philosophy, which is, “How can we know whether other people have minds?”

TED | Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other’s minds

  Today I’m going to talk to you about the problem of other minds. And the problem I’m going to talk about is not the familiar one from philosophy, which is, “How can we know whether other people have minds?”

The Sociopath Next Door | Notes & Review

Martha Stout. The Sociopath Next Door. Broadway, 2005. (241 pages) Introduction Minds differ still more than faces. – Voltaire Imagine — if you can — not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter

The Sociopath Next Door | Notes & Review

Martha Stout. The Sociopath Next Door. Broadway, 2005. (241 pages) Introduction Minds differ still more than faces. – Voltaire Imagine — if you can — not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter

The Killer At Thurston High | Review & Reflections

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/kinkel/ In September 1998, Kip Kinkel confessed to killing his parents in their home on May 20, 1998 and the next day, walking into the Thurston High School cafeteria and spraying students with 50 rounds from a semiautomatic rifle, killing

The Killer At Thurston High | Review & Reflections

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/kinkel/ In September 1998, Kip Kinkel confessed to killing his parents in their home on May 20, 1998 and the next day, walking into the Thurston High School cafeteria and spraying students with 50 rounds from a semiautomatic rifle, killing

TED | Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

So, I’ll start with this: a couple years ago, an event planner called me because I was going to do a speaking event. And she called, and she said, “I’m really struggling with how to write about you on the

TED | Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

So, I’ll start with this: a couple years ago, an event planner called me because I was going to do a speaking event. And she called, and she said, “I’m really struggling with how to write about you on the

TED | Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain

    Fifteen years ago, it was widely assumed that the vast majority of brain development takes place in the first few years of life. Back then, 15 years ago, we didn’t have the ability to look inside the living

TED | Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain

    Fifteen years ago, it was widely assumed that the vast majority of brain development takes place in the first few years of life. Back then, 15 years ago, we didn’t have the ability to look inside the living

Endgame: AIDS in Black America | Notes & Reflections

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/endgame-aids-in-black-america/   Transcript with my underlines, and annotated reflections: ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY Renata Simone ANNOUNCER: Tonight on FRONTLINE, an intimate journey. MARVELYN: I was a heterosexual all-American teenager. HIV and normal didn’t go

Endgame: AIDS in Black America | Notes & Reflections

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/endgame-aids-in-black-america/   Transcript with my underlines, and annotated reflections: ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY Renata Simone ANNOUNCER: Tonight on FRONTLINE, an intimate journey. MARVELYN: I was a heterosexual all-American teenager. HIV and normal didn’t go

TED | Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life

I’m a gamer, so I like to have goals. I like special missions and secret objectives. So here’s my special mission for this talk: I’m going to try to increase the life span of every single person in this room

TED | Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life

I’m a gamer, so I like to have goals. I like special missions and secret objectives. So here’s my special mission for this talk: I’m going to try to increase the life span of every single person in this room

TED | Jonathan Haidt on the Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives

Suppose that two American friends are traveling together in Italy. They go to see Michelangelo’s “David,” and when they finally come face to face with the statue, they both freeze dead in their tracks. The first guy — we’ll call

TED | Jonathan Haidt on the Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives

Suppose that two American friends are traveling together in Italy. They go to see Michelangelo’s “David,” and when they finally come face to face with the statue, they both freeze dead in their tracks. The first guy — we’ll call

TED | Marco Tempest: A Magical Tale (with Augmented Reality)

Marco Tempest: What I’d like to show you today is something in the way of an experiment. Today’s its debut. It’s a demonstration of augmented reality. And the visuals you’re about to see are not prerecorded. They are live and

TED | Marco Tempest: A Magical Tale (with Augmented Reality)

Marco Tempest: What I’d like to show you today is something in the way of an experiment. Today’s its debut. It’s a demonstration of augmented reality. And the visuals you’re about to see are not prerecorded. They are live and

TED | Marco Tempest: The Magic of Truth & Lies

So the type of magic I like, and I’m a magician, is a magic that uses technology to create illusions. So I would like to show you something I’ve been working on. It’s an application that I think will be

TED | Marco Tempest: The Magic of Truth & Lies

So the type of magic I like, and I’m a magician, is a magic that uses technology to create illusions. So I would like to show you something I’ve been working on. It’s an application that I think will be

TED | Sherry Turkle : Connected But Alone?

Just a moment ago, my daughter Rebecca texted me for good luck. Her text said, “Mom, you will rock.” I love this. Getting that text was like getting a hug. And so there you have it. I embody the central

TED | Sherry Turkle : Connected But Alone?

Just a moment ago, my daughter Rebecca texted me for good luck. Her text said, “Mom, you will rock.” I love this. Getting that text was like getting a hug. And so there you have it. I embody the central

The Brain On Love

The following article was too good to simply post on Facebook. I’ve highlighted my favorite lines that I believe are most telling to the human experience, elements of behavior and choice we should all pay attention to. March 24, 2012,

The Brain On Love

The following article was too good to simply post on Facebook. I’ve highlighted my favorite lines that I believe are most telling to the human experience, elements of behavior and choice we should all pay attention to. March 24, 2012,

TED | Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

  The Book, the Website, the Press, and the TED talk: When I was nine years old I went off to summer camp for the first time. And my mother packed me a suitcase full of books, which to me

TED | Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

  The Book, the Website, the Press, and the TED talk: When I was nine years old I went off to summer camp for the first time. And my mother packed me a suitcase full of books, which to me

TED | Bryan Stevenson: We Need to Talk About an Injustice

http://www.eji.org/eji/ | http://jjie.org/founder-of-equal-justice-initiative-greeted-standing-ovation-at-ted/76755 Bryan Stevenson spends most of his time in jails and prisons and on death row. He’s a lawyer, and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. So he’s found it very energizing at TED, and wanted to start by

TED | Bryan Stevenson: We Need to Talk About an Injustice

http://www.eji.org/eji/ | http://jjie.org/founder-of-equal-justice-initiative-greeted-standing-ovation-at-ted/76755 Bryan Stevenson spends most of his time in jails and prisons and on death row. He’s a lawyer, and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. So he’s found it very energizing at TED, and wanted to start by

TED | Kathryn Schulz: Don’t Regret Regret

So that’s Johnny Depp, of course. And that’s Johnny Depp’s shoulder. And that’s Johnny Depp’s famous shoulder tattoo. Some of you might know that, in 1990, Depp got engaged to Winona Ryder, and he had tattooed on his right shoulder

TED | Kathryn Schulz: Don’t Regret Regret

So that’s Johnny Depp, of course. And that’s Johnny Depp’s shoulder. And that’s Johnny Depp’s famous shoulder tattoo. Some of you might know that, in 1990, Depp got engaged to Winona Ryder, and he had tattooed on his right shoulder

TED | Chris Bliss: Comedy is Translation

Gabriel García Márquez is one of my favorite writers, for his storytelling, but even more, I think, for the beauty and precision of his prose. And whether it’s the opening line from “One Hundred Years of Solitude” or the fantastical

TED | Chris Bliss: Comedy is Translation

Gabriel García Márquez is one of my favorite writers, for his storytelling, but even more, I think, for the beauty and precision of his prose. And whether it’s the opening line from “One Hundred Years of Solitude” or the fantastical

Milk | Notes & Review

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_%28film%29 Here is the closing line of the movie: If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door… And that’s all. I ask for the movement to continue. Because it’s not about personal gain, not

Milk | Notes & Review

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_%28film%29 Here is the closing line of the movie: If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door… And that’s all. I ask for the movement to continue. Because it’s not about personal gain, not

Incognito | Notes & Review

[additional graphic notes forthcoming] David Eagleman. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. Pantheon, 2011. (304 pages; 5809 locations) 1. There’s Someone In My Head, But It’s Not Me A vocalization seems ephemeral and ineffable: it is like opening a

Incognito | Notes & Review

[additional graphic notes forthcoming] David Eagleman. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. Pantheon, 2011. (304 pages; 5809 locations) 1. There’s Someone In My Head, But It’s Not Me A vocalization seems ephemeral and ineffable: it is like opening a

TED | Alain deBotton: Atheism 2.0 – Notes & Review

One of the most fascinating talks on religion and secularism, a programme of bringing both forward. My notes and review below. — NOTES — I would like to inaugurate a new way of being an atheist. PREMISE: Of course, there

TED | Alain deBotton: Atheism 2.0 – Notes & Review

One of the most fascinating talks on religion and secularism, a programme of bringing both forward. My notes and review below. — NOTES — I would like to inaugurate a new way of being an atheist. PREMISE: Of course, there

The World According to Mister Rogers | Notes & Review

Fred Rogers. The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember. Family Communications, Inc., 2003. eBook Edition. (701 locations) — VIA — One of my heroes. This collection is simple, straightforward, frequently a gentle reminder, occasionally a poignant insight,

The World According to Mister Rogers | Notes & Review

Fred Rogers. The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember. Family Communications, Inc., 2003. eBook Edition. (701 locations) — VIA — One of my heroes. This collection is simple, straightforward, frequently a gentle reminder, occasionally a poignant insight,

TED | Philip Zimbardo: The Heroic Imagination Project

At HIP, we believe everyone has the potential to transform the private virtue of compassion into the civic virtue of heroic action, and we are dedicated to helping individuals internalize and express their ‘heroic imagination’ in service to humanity. Phil

TED | Philip Zimbardo: The Heroic Imagination Project

At HIP, we believe everyone has the potential to transform the private virtue of compassion into the civic virtue of heroic action, and we are dedicated to helping individuals internalize and express their ‘heroic imagination’ in service to humanity. Phil

TED | Kathryn Schulz: On Being Wrong

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. The present tense is where we live. … We all end up trapped in this bubble of feeling right about everything. I think this is a problem. Why is this a problem?

TED | Kathryn Schulz: On Being Wrong

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. The present tense is where we live. … We all end up trapped in this bubble of feeling right about everything. I think this is a problem. Why is this a problem?

To Die In Jerusalem | Notes & Review

http://www.todieinjerusalem.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayat_al-Akhras http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Levy To Die in Jerusalem follows Avigail Levy–Rachel’s mother–in her search for answers and reasons behind the suicide bombing of Palestinian Ayat al-Akhras that killed the two of them on March 29, 2002. While the primary narrative is

To Die In Jerusalem | Notes & Review

http://www.todieinjerusalem.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayat_al-Akhras http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Levy To Die in Jerusalem follows Avigail Levy–Rachel’s mother–in her search for answers and reasons behind the suicide bombing of Palestinian Ayat al-Akhras that killed the two of them on March 29, 2002. While the primary narrative is

TED | William Ury: The Walk From “No” to “Yes”

Find The Eighteenth Camel There is this Middle Eastern story of a man who willed to his three sons his 17 camels. To the first son 1/2 of the camels, to the second son 1/3, and to the third son

TED | William Ury: The Walk From “No” to “Yes”

Find The Eighteenth Camel There is this Middle Eastern story of a man who willed to his three sons his 17 camels. To the first son 1/2 of the camels, to the second son 1/3, and to the third son

Race To Nowhere | Notes & Review

http://www.racetonowhere.com/ NOTES Some QUOTES and SENTIMENTS from the film: Many of the symptoms our kids are experiencing–headaches, stomachaches, depression, etc.–are stress-induced. Much of what we are doing in education is “de-humanizing.” “Some of the pressure is real.” Our systems have

Race To Nowhere | Notes & Review

http://www.racetonowhere.com/ NOTES Some QUOTES and SENTIMENTS from the film: Many of the symptoms our kids are experiencing–headaches, stomachaches, depression, etc.–are stress-induced. Much of what we are doing in education is “de-humanizing.” “Some of the pressure is real.” Our systems have

Stress: Portrait of a Killer | Notes & Review

http://www.pbs.org/stress/. http://www.amazon.com/National-Geographic-Stress-Portrait-Killer/dp/B001D7T460 Available on Instant for Netflix. While stress is a natural response, we humans are unable to turn it off. This keeps us wallowing in a corrosive bath of hormones. After a while, the stress response is more damaging

Stress: Portrait of a Killer | Notes & Review

http://www.pbs.org/stress/. http://www.amazon.com/National-Geographic-Stress-Portrait-Killer/dp/B001D7T460 Available on Instant for Netflix. While stress is a natural response, we humans are unable to turn it off. This keeps us wallowing in a corrosive bath of hormones. After a while, the stress response is more damaging

Revenge of the Introvert

This article caught my eye in the grocery story today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201008/revenge-the-introvert. (Here Revenge of the Introvert – Psychology Today, 2010-08-23 is a .pdf of the article). Reading it was like therapy for me. While not everything characterized my personality, a

Revenge of the Introvert

This article caught my eye in the grocery story today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201008/revenge-the-introvert. (Here Revenge of the Introvert – Psychology Today, 2010-08-23 is a .pdf of the article). Reading it was like therapy for me. While not everything characterized my personality, a

Guerilla Art

The recent TED Prize winner is named “JR.” JR creates “Pervasive Art” that spreads uninvited on buildings of Parisian slums, on walls in the Middle East, on broken bridges in Africa or in favelas in Brazil. People in the exhibit

Guerilla Art

The recent TED Prize winner is named “JR.” JR creates “Pervasive Art” that spreads uninvited on buildings of Parisian slums, on walls in the Middle East, on broken bridges in Africa or in favelas in Brazil. People in the exhibit

American Teen | Notes & Review

http://www.americanteenthemovie.com [PG-13] — VIA — A bit voyeuristic, this documentary may be more accurately entitled “White Mid-Western American Teen.” I mean no disregard to the producers or the subjects of the film by that qualification, but simply as an observation

American Teen | Notes & Review

http://www.americanteenthemovie.com [PG-13] — VIA — A bit voyeuristic, this documentary may be more accurately entitled “White Mid-Western American Teen.” I mean no disregard to the producers or the subjects of the film by that qualification, but simply as an observation

Radical Evolution | Notes & Review

Joel Garreau. Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies — and What It Means to Be Human. Broadway Books, 2005. (384 pages) http://www.garreau.com/index.cfm Prologue: The Future of Human Nature Confusion is a word we have

Radical Evolution | Notes & Review

Joel Garreau. Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies — and What It Means to Be Human. Broadway Books, 2005. (384 pages) http://www.garreau.com/index.cfm Prologue: The Future of Human Nature Confusion is a word we have

Modify | Notes & Review

[NOTICE: Extremely Graphic] Modify. [NR] 2005. I’m extremely fascinated by human behavior…all of it. By perusing this blog, one will discover that I am a person of faith, which may seem as if to conclude that movies and documentaries like

Modify | Notes & Review

[NOTICE: Extremely Graphic] Modify. [NR] 2005. I’m extremely fascinated by human behavior…all of it. By perusing this blog, one will discover that I am a person of faith, which may seem as if to conclude that movies and documentaries like

Drive | Notes & Review

Daniel Pink. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Riverhead Books, 2009. (242 pages) INTRODUCTION Pink starts with the stories and experiments of Harry Harlow and Edward Deci. Harlow’s experiment (lab monkeys solving a puzzle) offered a novel theory–what

Drive | Notes & Review

Daniel Pink. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Riverhead Books, 2009. (242 pages) INTRODUCTION Pink starts with the stories and experiments of Harry Harlow and Edward Deci. Harlow’s experiment (lab monkeys solving a puzzle) offered a novel theory–what