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Last week I wrote several pieces in response to the reaction to Jonah Lehrer's apology speech.  I published one, the second that I wrote, on my blog last week.  This is the first piece that I wrote. I was told by others that it was too related to our own work to post elsewhere.  As such I combined parts of...

This morning before school, I was talking with some other parents about a funeral for an 8 year old 4th grader that’s taking place tonight.   He died in a fire last week.  I spend a lot of time at the school, and know a lot of kids by sight but not name.  I think it’s pheromones, but when kids see...

  A year and a half ago, as Occupy Wall Street was just starting to take off after some crazy police brutality, I stood outside of a re-naming ceremony for the New Jersey Nets.  A couple of hundred press people had dutifully shown up at this press event to hear the exciting news that the team would now be called...

Last week I heard on BBC radio that the National Health Service in England is instructing doctors to prescribe self-help books.  The radio presenter seemed a little aghast at this idea and pressed a doctor by asking something along the lines of,  “So you’re saying that you think that people will respond well to a doctor basically telling them that...

My father casts a shifting shadow.  It has been 7 years since he was hit by a car; and his influence on my thoughts and actions continues to evolve.  My oldest daughter was still three years old when he died, and my youngest was in utero, 3 months from birth.  I think about him as a father, my father, as...

I think a lot about the unconscious frames that we view the world through.  In fact I would even say that my frame is a “frame skeptical frame”, which tends to slow me down quite a bit.  However, most people ignore the frames and just “go with the flow”, because asking questions can be difficult.  Two articles I saw today...