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‘Tis the Season

“Buy, Baby, Buy” (No, that’s not Buy Buy Baby©) We are fast approaching the 2018 holiday season, when for decades the emphasis in America has been increasingly more on shopping than on thanksgiving, reflection, contemplation, and relationships. It’s been a slow … Continue reading

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Life in the Time of Postmodernism

“(It) may be the most loathed concept ever to have emerged from academia” – Aaron Hanlon A right nice recommendation, one might say.  Even the title of this recent article from Quartz, “Everyone hates postmodernism – but that doesn’t make … Continue reading

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When Truth Isn’t Truth

“This is going to become a bad meme.“ – Chuck Todd (NBC interview) A bad meme, indeed.  It’s bigger, way bigger than that.  On the good side, the meme throws a spotlight on the fact that we really do live … Continue reading

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The Way We Think (2): Authority versus Power

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence” – Leonardo da Vinci An earlier post presented an overview of Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind and a description of the development of Moral Foundations Theory (MFT), which seems to be a fairly … Continue reading

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The Way We Think: Culture, Values, and a Righteous Mind

“Attitudes become Behaviors by Choice” While it may seem reasonable to attribute our (or other’s) behaviors to our (or their) attitudes and to assume that these attitudes are simply conscious expressions of subconscious values, a harder question is, “Where do … Continue reading

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The Grim Consequences from Studying Fake News

“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it” – Jonathan Swift The recent recognition that false or fake news propagates isn’t new, and the idea that it travels faster than truth isn’t either. Jonathan Swift knew this in 1729, … Continue reading

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The Weinstein and Kalanick Syndromes

“If I don’t know it, it doesn’t matter because it doesn’t exist. If I don’t understand it, it’s wrong.” I’m all in on respecting Gap Theory, so in the time after Harvey Weinstein was, well, revealed for who he was, … Continue reading

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