Tag Archives: Emergent phenomena

Crud, Weird Again

As part of my research into trickster goddesses, I came across the concept of ideasthesia. As the name suggests, it is related to synesthesia. The term came from the observation by some psychologists and neurologists that many instances that were … Continue reading

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Government is Working For You

I knew that government employees were faring better than private enterprise employees, and that government pensions were a looming burden for us all – but this article in Reason really lays out the situation. Plus, it’s nice to have a … Continue reading

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Datanauts, Man Your Analyses!

Or why I love the internet. Iowahawk has a very good walk-through of regression analysis as applied to climate data – with a detailed how-to for using real NOAA data and creating/replicating some of the temperature graphs in various research … Continue reading

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You might as well say…

why do we have to have evil? This is the best answer I know. As unsatisfying as it may be.

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Stumbling On Happiness…

… or Why Sheryl Crow is right. Ron, a reader of this blog, sent me a copy of Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness. Thanks Ron. Daniel Gilbert is a professor of psychology at Harvard. In a breezy style, his book … Continue reading

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Anarchy in the USA

An excellent essay by Bill Kauffman on what one might call benign anarchy. I’ve been thinking lately about how much wisdom there is compressed into James Madison’s The Federalist Paper #51. In particular the two sentences “If men were angels, … Continue reading

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DIY Prayer Changes Things

I noticed “Prayer Changes Things” written on the front of the van of a local church. I thought that studies had demonstrated the truth of this statement. Whether one wants to draw the conclusion that this proves God’s existence is … Continue reading

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Gratification Delayed isn’t Gratification Denied

I didn’t get to watch Battlestar Galactica last night since my daughter came to me about 15 minutes into the program and wanted to share her thoughts on evolution and racism. Her observation was that animals are often hostile to … Continue reading

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I had a prospective job fall through today, one that would have picked up in August when the school where I teach closes. While I definitely wanted that job, I felt liberated when I didn’t get it. After the disappointment. … Continue reading

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Gordon Brown likes to watch

I was poking around on Twitter, looking for likely twits, and I ran across a feed for Number 10 Downing Street – the official Twitter feed of the PM of Great Britain. So I added it. I noticed a moment … Continue reading

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