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Creating better people

Published 1y ago -

I am often accused of being a pessimist and always discard the idea as inexact. People say I am a realist and it is absent still of who I am. Complicated for sure. One of the most significant ways I see the world is through the eyes of many. Somewhere in the m... More »

Death is the ultimate letdown

Published 3y ago -

Mortality is my first real exposure to Christopher Hitchens. I am certain I ran across him before, but this was my first book and if you have read it you know how ironic a place to start this is. It was his last writing before his death on December 15, 2011. T... More »

Setting the stage for insight

Published 7y ago -

Jonah Lehrer’s post this past Friday, Dreaming and Remembering, shares research around the role dreams play in sorting, consolidating and strengthening memories. In a New York Times post from March, Lehrer relates an experiment from Jan Born that showed slee... More »

The state of the art is falling short of dreams

Published 8y ago -

Among the publications of Moses King is a curious postcard titled N.Y.  11 Future New York “The city of skyscrapers”. John Timberman Newcomb, teacher at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, wrote a piece titled The Footprint of the Twentieth... More »

More vocal and alone. Sext me?

Published 8y ago -

Last month I finished authoring a chapter submission on how social artifacts mediate the deluge of content a social network consumes and how diversity of participation is an imperative to keep us from French inhaling our tweets. We are living in a time of cont... More »

Common canvas of distinguishing features

Published 10y ago -

Chris Chase, a neuropsychology professor back in college, enjoyed introducing concepts with the notion that humans are more alike than they are different. It is a useful foundation for deciding what is important to study, fundamentals that apply to everyone or... More »

Compulsive addiction to language

Published 10y ago -

WNYC runs a series called Radio Lab, a curious investigative exploration of the world that distinguishes itself with an immersive layering of sound and narration. I recently listened to the Radio Lab podcast, specifically show number 202, Musical Language, ori... More »

Medicating the future

Published 10y ago -

I am a believer that we are both the creator and observer of our own reality. What does it mean then if you have an overpowering psychological condition like severe depression, schizophrenia, bipolar or obsessive compulsive disorder? The belief can still stand... More »

Have a hug, trust me

Published 11y ago -

I heard today that hugs over twenty seconds create more trust. A little research shows that oxytocin [ok-si-toh-suhn] is at the heart of this thinking – a neurotransmitter in the brain expressed in women during labor, breastfeeding and when males or females ... More »