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“Thinking, Fast and Slow” Review (prefaced with ranting)

I have had a painful move out of psychology. Since I did research while I was still in school, I considered myself reasonably critical of experiments, basically fluent in psychological phenomenon, and quite up-to-date on recent findings. After I left school, I tried to keep in touch primarily through science writing, which I have actually […]

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Discussion Questions for “Alone Together”

For November, my book club* read Sherry Turkle’sĀ Alone Together. In it, Turkle, a professor at MIT, investigates how our relationship with technology has developed. In part 1, she writes about robots, from tamagotchis and furbies to robots for elderly care, and how we interact with and feel about them. In part 2, she writes about […]

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Not All Book Collections Are Made Equal

(If you think this entry might be boring, you can instead check out my review of the new Ike’s Place on Stanford campus at TUSB) You might find many reasons to be in Portland, Oregon, but all friends, family, websites, travel books, and random strangers will recommend you go to Powell’s Books. Add blogs to […]

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A Day in Google Reader

There’s a lot of great content on the internet. Unfortunately, it might take a long time to seek out and trudge through, except for the invention of feed readers. I started on Bloglines a couple years ago, but when they started having severe problems, I switched over to Google Reader. It seems important enough that […]

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Third Times a Charm

(Brownie points if you know what I’m going to write about already, though it only gets second billing) First, thanks tons to everyone who came to the surprise birthday party for me, but Willie in particular. While not mind-blowingly surprising, it was still more than just the moobie I was expecting, and a lot of […]

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Harry Potter… again?

I guess I just kind of go with the flow. No, I haven’t read it yet, so you don’t have to worry about spoilers in here. Surprisingly, people seem to be incredible respectful about this last Harry Potter book. Perhaps my memory has inflated my memory of flagrant spoilers for previous ones and “Revenge of […]