Archive for December 2005

If You Are Wondering Why We Haven’t Reached a Point of Autocatalysis Sufficient to Make Up for All the Entrenched Stupidity, Here’s Some New Academic Disciplines Trying to Find the Answer

A long-time friend and colleague valued for many reasons, not the least of which is the expansive range of his scholarly interests, writes:
I often get lost in the soup of new economic titles that try to capture the behavioral side of economics, an area that has languished until recently. Books on neuroeconomics, behavioral economics, [...]

While the Greedy Merchandisers of Children’s Electronic Entertainment Are Counting Their Shekels, Their Viewers—or So It Appears to Grammie and Me—Are Simply Learning to Count

I see by today’s New York Times that there is a hubbub brewing over whether electronic entertainment is a good thing or a bad thing for infants and toddlers.
That there is a hubbub over the issue of whether electronic entertainment is a good or a bad thing doesn’t surprise me one iota. As a society, [...]

Here’s a Book that Supports “The Best Guess I’ve Ever Had”: That No One Really Has Much of a Clue About What’s Supposed to Be Happening Here; That Everyone Is Guessing

Anyone—and it might be anytwo, or at best anyfive or anysix—who has been paying attention to the progressive content of my thinking through the years understands that I’ve been on some sort of journey.
It is my belief that it is not all that remote from a journey that most all who have ever lived participate [...]

Our Reader in Jakarta Reminds Us of Michael Persinger’s Quest for “the God Spot” in the Brain

Alyson Capreol in Jakarta writes:
Per your religion discussion … have you ever read Neuropsychological Bases of God Beliefs by Michael Persinger? I read it many many years ago while at University. The author, a professor at Laurentian University in Canada, got repeated “GOD” experiences while putting an electrical impulse through the temporal lobe [...]

If Everything is Progressing Like the Idea of Progress Suggests It Should Be, Why Does It Feel Like Things Are Going Well for Only A Few?

This past week, I chanced upon two mostly forgotten books, and probably would not have spent much time with either had not both mentioned—on the very first page—an event that itself has been mostly long forgotten: the Century of Progress Exposition that the city of Chicago staged in 1933-34 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of [...]