In-clothed-nito Psychology
Nov08

In-clothed-nito Psychology

What a strange power there is in clothing.  — Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel-Prize winner Let me be the first person to tell you that getting a PhD doesn’t mean you’re smart. Here goes: I needed new basketball shoes, and because my dreams of playing for the Portland Trail Blazers is no longer entertained (I just wouldn’t fit in the rotation), I picked up some discount basketball shoes…which resulted in a flap coming...

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The Clutch
Aug02

The Clutch

Courage is grace under pressure. — Ernest Hemingway At its core, athletics like basketball, football, and fútbol, serve much the same function as the gladiatorial games of ancient Rome. Of course, our versions today possess fewer decapitated heads than those Russel Crowe depicted, but there is nonetheless the same competition, “combat,” and human excellence in full display. So, how do our best “warriors” of today (e.g., LeBron...

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Save the Internet!
Jul12

Save the Internet!

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. — Bill Gates By the end of 1969, four computers worldwide made up the Internet. By the mid-1980s, this “networking system” had expanded to dozens of universities as it let scholars easily search and collaborate on research all across the country. In 1992, the first web browser (i.e., Netscape) was developed, allowing people everywhere to access this...

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Who Helps Whom?
Jul05

Who Helps Whom?

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know. — W.H. Auden In the 5th grade, a nameless young girl saved my life. Well, she saved me $0.75, which is kind of like saving one’s life at that age. At a garage sale, I found a basketball signed by Damon Stoudamire, one of my favorite players at the time. And for this signed ball, the adult was only charging $0.75… Say...

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Are You An Imposter?
May10

Are You An Imposter?

It is because we are all imposters that we endure each other. — Emile M. Cioran It’s no fun feeling like a phony. In fact, for my first semester in graduate school, I was certain a mistake had been made. Everyone was extremely smarter than me; it took forever to get through my homework; reading scientific articles was like deciphering a cookbook (I’m not good at cooking). But after four years in the program—after getting my...

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