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I imagine that I am starting to drive my friends crazy by constantly talking about how profoundly frames shape our thinking.  This morning my friend Kevin shared an Onion article that hilariously illustrates ways in which unexamined racism shaped our cultural viewpoint 50 years ago.  However, at the same time if one steps around the corner and looks at that...

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...