Sins of Science
Aug16

Sins of Science

Racism is man’s greatest threat to man–the maximum of hatred for the minimum of reason. — Abraham Heschel I am outraged by the explicit racism that transpired this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and I am livid at hearing others defend it. To quote Marco Rubio: “The organizers of events which inspired and led to the Charlottesville Terrorist Attack are 100% to blame…When [an] entire movement [is] built on anger...

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Questioning Our Beliefs
Oct06

Questioning Our Beliefs

The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion draws all things else to support and agree with it. — Sir Francis Bacon If humans could answer one question to solve the world’s problems, it would be this: How do you persuade someone to believe something other than what they do? Or so begins my free course on the psychology of persuasion. But I stand by that claim: if we could convince political parties to compromise...

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Xtreme!
Sep21

Xtreme!

Perfect good sense shuns all extremity, content to couple wisdom with sobriety. — Moliere As gray as the world really is, people are seeing it more and more as black and white. Acts are either good or evil. Opinions are either right or wrong. You’re either Team Edward or Team Jacob. Is that joke too dated? You probably thought either yes or no. Although there are plenty of issues that arise from viewing the world in these...

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Nighttime Hallucinations
Aug03

Nighttime Hallucinations

A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it. — Bertrand Russell Alongside 30% of the population, sometimes I struggle with insomnia. Like last night, for example, I couldn’t locate the Sandman till well past 5:00AM, neither my thoughts nor my heart rate able to slow to slumbering speeds. One useful sleep technique that received some national attention (though only anecdotally...

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The Formula for Charisma
Apr06

The Formula for Charisma

Charisma is not just saying hello. It’s dropping what you’re doing to say hello.  — Robert Brault People have told me I’m charismatic. And by people, I mean my mother. And in that moment, she was being sarcastic [the waitress just didn’t understand the complexity of my pun]. Even still, I have clung to that compliment to this day, using it as objective evidence that I am in fact charismatic. However, this faulty use...

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