Planet Rationalist

November 01, 2014

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A New Lease on the City: Rethinking Affordable Housing

A New Lease on the City: Rethinking Affordable Housing
Mike Alvidrez, Executive Director, Skid Row Housing Trust
Vishaan Chakrabarti, Principal SHoP
Ben Hecht, President and Chief Executive Officer, Living Cities
Jonathan Woetzel, Director, McKinsey & Company (Moderator)

Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, CA, J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/09/29/A_New_Lease_on_the_City_Rethinking_Affordable_Housing







Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:33 Instapaperify

One Click at a Time: Civic Innovation in the Digital Age

One Click at a Time: Civic Innovation in the Digital Age
Clara Brenner, Chief Executive Officer, Tumml
Paras Desai, Director, Innovation Deliver Team, Office of the Mayor, City of Chicago
Rose Broome, Co‐Founder and Chief Executive Officer, HandUp
Alex Kapur, Chief Executive Officer, OpportunitySpace, Inc.
Sommer Mathis, Editor, CityLab (Moderator)

Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:30:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, CA, J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/09/30/One_Click_at_a_Time_Civic_Innovation_in_the_Digital_Age







Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:16 Instapaperify

Insight junkie

I need to know your opinions on hotness




Asking because, as usual, I'm curious about psychological universals, and this is one of the areas where I suspect I deviate from typical. For myself, there's a large set of people/situations/etc that I think are hot but which don't do anything for my level of arousal. Examples: the guy who plays Kal Drogo in Game of Thrones, couples (of any gender combination) being emotionally intimate with each other, Halle Berry.

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:13 Instapaperify

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Water Works: Sustainable Urban Water Management

Water Works: Sustainable Urban Water Management
Esther Feldman, President, Community Conservancy Solutions
Bob Bailey, President, Water Business Group, CH2M Hill
Christine Boyle, Founder, Valor Water Analytics
Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic (Moderator)

Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, CA, J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/09/29/Water_Works_Sustainable_Urban_Water_Management







Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:12 Instapaperify

Boomer Metropolis: How to Design a City for the Ages

Boomer Metropolis: How to Design a City for the Ages
Jennie Smith‐Peers, Executive Director, Elders Share the Arts                                                                 
M. Scott Ball, Principal, Commons Planning                                                                        
Fernando Torres‐Gil, Professor, UCLA
Xavier Trias, Mayor, Barcelona                                                               
Ronald Brownstein, Senior Editorial Director, Atlantic Media Company (Moderator) 

Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, CA, J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/09/29/Boomer_Metropolis_How_to_Design_a_City_for_the_Ages







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October 31, 2014

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Can Smarter City Planning Make Citizens More Active?

Can Smarter City Planning Make Citizens More Active?
Gabriella Gomez‐Mont, General Director, Lab for the City, Mexico City
Esther Dyson, Founder, HICCup
Pam O'Connor, Mayor, Santa Monica
Tim Blumenthal, President, PeopleForBikes Coalition
Richard Florida, Senior Editor, The Atlantic (Moderator)

Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, CA, J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/09/30/Can_Smarter_City_Planning_Make_Citizens_More_Active







Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:59 Instapaperify

Beyond the Buzz: Citizen Engagement Strategies that Work

Beyond the Buzz: Citizen Engagement Strategies that Work
Myung Lee, Executive Director, Cities of Service
Benjamin de la Pena, Director, Community & National Strategy, Knight Foundation
Peter Levine, Director, Tisch College, Tufts University
Philip Colligan, Executive Director, Nesta Innovation Lab (Moderator)

Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, CA, J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/09/30/Beyond_the_Buzz_Citizen_Engagement_Strategies_that_Work







Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:54 Instapaperify

How Big Data Can Anticipate Disaster and its Aftermath

How Big Data Can Anticipate Disaster and its Aftermath
Brian Wolshon, Professor, Louisiana State University
Brian Fishman, Lead, Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Work, Palantir Technologies
Lucy Jones, Science Advisory for Risk Reduction, U.S. Geological Survey
Warren Olney, Host, Executive Producer, KCRW (Moderator)

Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, CA, J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/09/29/How_Big_Data_Can_Anticipate_Disaster_and_its_Aftermath







Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:47 Instapaperify

Why Evidence Matters in Government

Why Evidence Matters in Government
Michele Jolin, Managing Partner, America Achieves – Results for America
Beth Blauer, Director, Socrata
Greg Fischer, Mayor, Louisville
Rick Cole, Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation, Office of the Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Stephen Goldsmith, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School (Moderator)

Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:30:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, CA, J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/09/30/Why_Evidence_Matters_in_Government







Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:20 Instapaperify

The Next Generation of Urban Manufacturing

The Next Generation of Urban Manufacturing
Kate Sofis, Founding Executive Director, SFMade/Urban Manufacturing Alliance
Matthew Burnett, Chief Executive Officer, Maker's Row
Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute (Moderator)

Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, CA, J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/09/30/The_Next_Generation_of_Urban_Manufacturing







Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:16 Instapaperify

Inclusive Approaches to Building Better Neighborhoods

Inclusive Approaches to Building Better Neighborhoods
Ronald J. Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University
Rudy Espinoza, Executive Director, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network
Tom Barrett, Mayor, Milwaukee
Betsy Hodges, Mayor, Minneapolis
Amanda Burden, Principal, Bloomberg Associates (Moderator)

Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, CA, J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/09/29/Inclusive_Approaches_to_Building_Better_Neighborhoods







Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:09 Instapaperify

Doctor Stu's Science Blog

It’s ‘mo’ joke – moustache month is here!

Moustaches are a bit like flares, perms and tie-dye t-shirts – they only come into fashion once a generation. Now I don’t care what the fashionistas tell me, or how many glossy fashion mags feature models sporting ‘hipster moustaches’ – moustaches are anything but hip. Surely the last person who looked cool with a tash … Continue reading

by Stuart Farrimond at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:48 Instapaperify

Mind Hacks

Spike activity 31-10-2014

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:

Nautilus has an interesting piece on how artificial intelligence systems are getting better at strategy.

Two neuroscientists explain why zombies have so much trouble walking in Slate

Vice magazine talks to a psychologist working in the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

Neuroscientists manage to get past the blood-brain barrier for the first time potentially opening the way for getting new sorts of drugs to the brain. Covered in New Scientist.

The Neurocritic has an excellent piece on neuropsychological disorders involving mirrors.

The British are born to be miserable, according to a dreadful science story published in The Indepedent. Please note: The fact the conclusion happens to be true doesn’t mean it’s automatically good science.


by vaughanbell at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:44 Instapaperify

Bulletproof

Bo Eason: Being the Runt of the Litter & The Power of Your Personal Story – #167

Bo Eason is a former NFL player, acclaimed Broadway playwright and performer, and an international presence/story coach. He has trained with some of the world’s most brilliant performance and movement coaches, and has logged over 20,000 hours on stage crafting and presenting his personal story. His play, Runt of the Litter, has toured in over […]

by Dave Asprey at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:46 Instapaperify

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Conversation: Joseph O'Neill and Gary Shteyngart

Conversation: Joseph O'Neill and Gary Shteyngart
  • Joseph O'Neill, Author, Netherland
  • Gary Shteyngart, Author, Little Failure

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:55:00 -0700
Location: Washington, D.C., Harman Center for the Arts, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/29/Conversation_Joseph_ONeill_and_Gary_Shteyngart







Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:29 Instapaperify

Conversation: Shane Smith and Jay Carney

Conversation: Shane Smith and Jay Carney
  • Shane Smith, CEO, VICE
  • Jay Carney, Former Press Secretary, The White House

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:35:00 -0700
Location: Washington, D.C., Harman Center for the Arts, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/29/Conversation_Shane_Smith_and_Jay_Carney







Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:10 Instapaperify

Conversation: Walter Isaacson and Steve Crocker

Conversation: Walter Isaacson and Steve Crocker
  • Walter Isaacson, President, Aspen Institute
  • Steve Case, Founder and Partner, Revolution
  • Steve Crocker, CEO and Co-Founder, Shinkuro, Inc.

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:15:00 -0700
Location: Washington, D.C., Harman Center for the Arts, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/29/Conversation_Walter_Isaacson_and_Steve_Crocker







Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:05 Instapaperify

Overcoming Bias

Philosophy Between The Lines

Seven years ago I raved about a Journal of Politics article by Arthur Melzer that persuaded me that ancient thinkers often wrote “esoterically,” e.g., praising their local religions and rulers on the surface, while expressing their true atheism, rebellion, etc. between the lines. Melzer has just come out with a very well written and persuasive book Philosophy Between The Lines, that greatly elaborates this thesis.

Melzer’s book emphasizes the puzzle that while ancient thinkers were quite open about esotericism, modern thinkers have mostly forgotten it ever existed, and are typically indignantly dismissive when the idea is suggested. Below the fold I give an extended quote on a fascinating transition period in the late 1700s when European intellectuals openly debated how esoteric to be.

While Melzer’s last chapter is on implications of esotericism, he really only talks about how it can somewhat undercut cultural relativism, if we can see intellectuals from different times and places as actually agreeing more on God, politics, etc. Yet he doesn’t mention the most obvious implication, at ...

by Robin Hanson at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:00 Instapaperify

Scott H Young

Build Your Morning Habits First

There’s a small, but significant, online population devoted to waking up early. As a former convert, I can say it’s easy to understand the appeal. Whenever I made the habit to wake up early, I’d end up getting a lot more done.

The problem is that if you’re young, your peers probably won’t be joining you to wake up at 5am. And, if you want to have a social life, you’ll end up staying awake long enough to make getting eight hours of sleep impossible. It only took me a month of university for my 5am wake-up habit to unravel.

In the years since, I’ve done some personal experiments to seek a compromise between being productive and not being the bore that goes to bed at 9pm. The results of those trials seem to tell me that it isn’t so much the earliness that makes the habit productive, but that it creates a ritual for the morning. It’s this ritual, not the pre-dawn timing, that cascades ...

by Scott Young at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:27 Instapaperify

99U

Innovation Requires Failure

Falling by Juan Pablo Bravo from The Noun Project

Falling by Juan Pablo Bravo from The Noun Project

LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman famously said, “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” Failure isn’t fatal, yet many creatives get caught up trying achieve perfection, often at the expense of innovation.

The author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future, Dorie Clark, urges us to stop believing that we have to be perfect:

Innovation of any sort entails risk and trying new things — and that mandates failure.  A 100% success rate implies you’re not doing anything new at all… It’s not so much that you’re creating something (such as a product or service) that failed; it’s that you’re steadily improving a series of drafts.

Recognize that innovation requires failure. As paradoxical as it may seem: if you’re failing, you’re doing something right.

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by Hamza Khan at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:45 Instapaperify

Life by Experimentation

Mindhacks to Increase Happiness using Science

Much of the latest psychological research is yielding surprising, even counter-intuitive insights into how the mind works (which is why we have wonderful books like Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational). A common thread underlying much of this research is that the mind can be easily “tricked.” This has led to new fields, like neuromarketing, but also a variety of “mind hacks” which can be practiced by anybody to exploit the basic ways in which our brains work.

I’m most interested in developing happiness and productivity through these mind hacks. Much of the time, modern science is a bit wary of approaching such a grand (and hard to define) topic as “happiness.” Yet, the research touches on this topic in many ways, and as a society we are treating the disease of being unhappy with drugs and other treatments which can tell us more.

This post, then, is about the science of tricking your brain into being happy.

 

The Environment Tricks the Mind

Holding a cup of warm coffee during a conversation can make you ...

by Zane Claes at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:12 Instapaperify

99U

Andy Didorosi: What Detroit Taught Me about Getting Things Done

About this presentation 

Detroit’s plight has been making headlines for years, and to outside observers the situation can seem hopeless. But Andy Didorosi is one of Detroit’s many concerned citizens that have refused to wait for outside help.

In this talk, Didorosi reveals how to take matters into your own hands despite government bureaucracy, lack of funds, and other obstacles—and why difficult situations are just opportunities for great and meaningful work.  He shares how he built his own bus company to augment crumbling public transportation infrastructure and why you need to call the world’s bluff when doing great things.

About Andy Didirosi

Andy Didorosi is a 27-year old entrepreneur and Detroit native. As a college dropout with only a high school diploma, he became the founder of The Detroit Bus Company, Eight & Sand, Paper Street, Thunderdrome! racing series, and a handful of other successful small businesses. He currently lives in Detroit in the Boston Edison neighborhood. The Detroit Bus Company is an innovative transit company based in Detroit.

Founded in 2011 ...

by behanceteam at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:53 Instapaperify

Point of Inquiry

Halloween Extra: 18th Annual Houdini Séance with Joe Nickell

Harry Houdini, the most famous illusionist the world has ever known, spent the later part of his career fascinated with spiritualists and mediums. This led him to became a dedicated skeptic and investigator. 

In this special Halloween episode for 2014, Point of Inquiry’s new producer Nora Hurley chats with Joe Nickell, the world’s leading paranormal investigator, and a former professional magician himself. Together, they conduct the Center for Inquiry’s 18th Annual Houdini Séance. Listen in as Nickell follows traditional séance protocol to call upon the spirit of Houdini to communicate with us beyond the grave. 

While summoning the dead, Nickell explains how Houdini’s background as a magician allowed him to expose fraudulent mediums and spiritualists, who were using illusions and trickery to profit off the grief of innocent people. Joe Nickell continues to honor Harry Houdini, not just with annual séances, but more importantly by carrying on his investigative work.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:22 Instapaperify

Risk: Reason and Reality | Big Think

Why We're So Easily Manipulated by Political Appeals to Fear

Be afraid. Be VERY afraid! Of Ebola. Of ISIS. Of immigrants threatening to bring both threats across a porous border that can’t be protected by a President who can’t even protect his own house. Be afraid! Vote Republican. As the midterm elections near, the latest version of “they can’t keep you ...

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by David Ropeik at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:00 Instapaperify

Andrew Gelman

Boo! Who’s afraid of availability bias?

Just in time for Halloween:

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I came across this 2-minute video by Brian Zikmund-Fisher, a professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan, and I took a look because I was curious what he had to say. The video is called “Why aren’t we more scared of measles?” and has the following description:

Measles is one of the leading causes of death amongst children worldwide. In 2012, an estimated 122,000 people died of the disease according to the World Health Organization – equivalent to 14 deaths every hour. Yet talk to parents about this highly infectious disease, and the response is often a resounding “meh”. Why is this?

My first thought was most of the estimated 122,000 deaths are occurring in other countries but he’s looking at attitudes in the U.S., so it’s not clear how relevant this global figure is. So what are the numbers here?  I did a quick google and found that there has been a sharp increase in measles in the U ...

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:36 Instapaperify

PsyBlog

NeuroLogica Blog

Brain Size and Intelligence

I was recently asked about the relationship between brain size and intelligence. This is a question I get every now and then, because the relationship is not an obvious one. In this particular case, the questioner was curious about the fact that Neanderthals had a larger cranial capacity on average than modern Homo sapiens.

For the sake of this discussion I am going to avoid a detailed treatment of the concept of “intelligence.” It’s important to note that intelligence is a multifaceted phenomenon, there is no single way to measure it, and it cannot be captured by any single number. Having said that, we can use various markers or measures of cognitive ability to loosely represent overall intelligence. Problem solving, for example, is one measure, and can be used in multiple species. I will come back to this later, for for the sake of this discussion I will be referring to intelligence as overall cognitive ability without getting specific.

Once scientists figured out that the brain is the seat of intelligence, we were quick ...

by Steven Novella at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:32 Instapaperify

Lifehacker

The Difference Between Shame and Guilt, and Why It Matters

Although shame and guilt may seem similar, shame is highly correlated with addiction, depression, and aggression. In contrast, guilt is linked to empathy and understanding other perspectives.

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by Herbert Lui at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:00 Instapaperify

Doctor Stu's Science Blog

Holy Frijoles! Swearing is a natural pain-killer

Stubbing your toe has to rank as one of the most painful experiences ever. Beaten only, perhaps, by a bonnet lid falling on your head or trying to pass a kidney stone. Such agonies momentarily wrack the senses, making us see red while focusing our entire being on our toe – or head – or … Continue reading

by Stuart Farrimond at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:30 Instapaperify

mathbabe

Tailored political ads threaten democracy

Not sure if you saw this recent New York Times article on the new data-driven political ad machines. Consider for example, the 2013 Virginia Governor campaign won by Terry McAuliffe:

…the McAuliffe campaign invested heavily in both the data and the creative sides to ensure it could target key voters with specialized messages. Over the course of the campaign, he said, it reached out to 18 to 20 targeted voter groups, with nearly 4,000 Facebook ads, more than 300 banner display ads, and roughly three dozen different pre-roll ads — the ads seen before a video plays — on television and online.

Now I want you to close your eyes and imagine what kind of numbers we will see for the current races, not to mention the upcoming presidential election.

What’s crazy to me about the Times article is that it never questions the implications of this movement. The biggest problem, it seems, is that the analytics have surpassed the creative work of making ads: there are too many segments of populations to tailor the ...

by Cathy O'Neil, mathbabe at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:54 Instapaperify

Science-Based Medicine

Infinite Variety?

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale. Her infinite variety.
- William Shakespeare

This is not a typical post for me, but something I have been meaning to do to satisfy my own curiosity. I have wondered, how many variations of acupuncture are there? I suspected a lot, but I thought I would go looking and make a list. Since acupuncture is not based in reality but is instead a collection of pseudo-knowledge, there is no reason for acupuncture to have fidelity to fundamental concepts. I suspect in the US that in the future acupuncture will become less heterogenous as schools start teaching to the test that allows for acupuncture licensure. For now variation rules.

Acupuncture needling

So this will be a list, with description and commentary. If a missed form of acupuncture is noted by others, and I am sure I have, I will expand the list in an addendum.

Chinese acupuncture

The Granddaddy of acupuncture. Readers of this blog are well aware of the underlying fantasy of meridians and acupoints that comprise classic Chinese acupuncture.

If ...

by Mark Crislip at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:03 Instapaperify

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Tribute to Ben Bradlee

Tribute to Ben Bradlee
Shelby Coffey and Bo Jones remember long-time editor of the Washington Post, Ben Bradlee.
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:45:00 -0700
Location: Washington, D.C., Harman Center for the Arts, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/30/Tribute_to_Ben_Bradlee







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Slate Star Codex

Michigan Meetup 11/9

There will be a Michigan rationalist/LW/SSC meetup at my house, halfway between Detroit and Ann Arbor, on Sunday, November 9th at 2 PM. You can find my address and directions here. If you’re reading this and interested in rationality and transhumanism, you’re invited.

I know some people in Ann Arbor were going to try to arrange transportation, so you can do that in the comments if you want.

[Unrelated PS: Ozy has a blog again and has politely volunteered to host all the race and gender open thread discussion I'm not allowing here.]

by Scott Alexander at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:46 Instapaperify

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Interview: Mike Froman, U.S. Trade Representative

Interview: Mike Froman, U.S. Trade Representative

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0700
Location: Washington, D.C., Harman Center for the Arts, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/30/interview_mike_froman_us_trade_representative







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Interview: Annise Parker, Mayor, City of Houston

Interview: Annise Parker, Mayor, City of Houston

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:00:00 -0700
Location: Washington, D.C., Harman Center for the Arts, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/30/interview_annise_parker_mayor_city_of_houston







Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:24 Instapaperify

Mind Hacks

Social psychology has lost its balance

Images by DeviantArt user bakablue08. Click for source.The New Yorker has an interesting article about a lack of political diversity in social psychology and how that may be leading to a climate of bias against conservative researchers, ideas and the evidence that might support them.

Some of the evidence for a bias against conservative thinking in social psychology goes back some years, and the article gives a good account of the empirical work as well as the debate.

However, the issue was recently raised again by morality researcher Jonathan Haidt leading to a renewed reflection on the extent of the problem.

There is a case to be made that, despite the imbalance, no formal changes need to be made, and that, on the whole, despite its problems, social psychology continues to function remarkably well and regularly produces high-quality research. Controversial work gets done. Even studies that directly challenge the field—like Haidt’s—are publicized and inspire healthy debate…

And yet the evidence for more substantial bias, against both individuals and research topics and directions, is hard to dismiss—and the hostility ...

by vaughanbell at Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:11 Instapaperify

October 30, 2014

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Conversation: Dmitri Alperovitch and Morgan Marquis-Boire

Conversation: Dmitri Alperovitch and Morgan Marquis-Boire
  • Dmitri Alperovitch, CTO and Co-Founder, CrowdStrike
  • Morgan Marquis-Boire, Director of Security, First Look Media

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:15:00 -0700
Location: Washington, D.C., Harman Center for the Arts, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/30/Conversation_Dmitri_Alperovitch_and_Morgan_Marquis-Boire







Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:59 Instapaperify

CONTRARY BRIN

An Unstable World: Part III: Tyranny's Logic and the Dilemma of "Reasonable Men"

Continuing our discussion of recent global crises from Parts I and II, I want to say a few words about the current ISIS-Crisis.  But -- typically -- I will get to the "new caliphate" only after taking an intellectual detour!  

Starting with a look at a couple of brilliantly dark explorations of the human potential for tyranny. Then distinguishing among many types of "reasonable" and "unreasonable" men.

== Food for thought ==
Let's start with a fascinating quotation from George Orwell's classic "Nineteen Eighty-Four" -- 
1984"...it was also clear that an all-round increase in wealth threatened the destruction — indeed, in some sense was the destruction — of a hierarchical society. In a world in which everyone worked short hours, had enough to eat, lived in a house with a bathroom and a refrigerator, and possessed a motor-car or even an aeroplane, the most obvious and perhaps the most important form of inequality would already have disappeared. If it once became general, wealth would confer no distinction. 

"It was possible, no doubt, to imagine a society in which wealth, in ...

by David Brin at Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:33 Instapaperify

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Interstitial: David Brooks, Columnist, The New York Times

Interstitial: David Brooks, Columnist, The New York Times

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0700
Location: Washington, D.C., Harman Center for the Arts, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/30/interstitial_david_brooks_columnist_the_new_york_times







Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:48 Instapaperify

Session IX

Session IX
Helen Fisher Sonos Studio featuring Richard Reed Parry
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:00 -0700
Location: Camden, Maine, Camden Opera House, PopTech
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/10/24/session_ix







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