To be controversial, I will take the middle ground…
One of the most powerful forces acting over the past thirty years has been the growth of computing power and prevalence.
Most see this as a good, even great, thing. I am not so sure.
I believe that shame may be one of the most debilitating emotions. Its toxicity arises from the fact that those who feel it strongest may deserve it least. The worst individuals may not feel it all. Feeling shame after committing a dishonorable act is a good thing; it is a lesson from your conscious. Feeling shame for some perceived shortfall of achievement is less so.
Regarding the Occupy Wall Street protests, I have marveled at two things: how more respectful the coverage is compared to the Tea Party, and the recurrent theme of student debt (as compared to government or mortgage debt).
I outline three archetypal males. Which one are you?
The recent Occupy Wall Street and the earlier Tea Party have both generated plenty of discussion. In both cases, their aims are less than perfectly clear. This lack of clarity stems from their diffuse nature. Each group contains many sub-groups. However, both represent a certain populist outcry. What would a populist manifesto look like? I will attempt to list elements that might be part of such a manifesto.
I was trying to figure out a blog post when I saw notes from an earlier post where I offered advice (free advice at that) to young (beta) men. Discovering such notes offered an easy way out of actually writing something from new, so here it is.
[I was probably going to write on the Occupy Wall Street protests, so it is not as if you were going to get anything very original or incisive.]
I have mentioned N-Back training before but I would be interested in hearing the experience or comments of readers.
Have you tried N-Back or similar (e.g. digit span) training? If you have, what are your experiences? What kind of scores did you obtain (you can post anonymously)?
A popular critique of Ron Paul is that he complains about government spending and earmarks, yet votes for such earmarked spending to benefit his Texas constituents. While some of that criticism comes from the left much of it comes from the right. Of course, the starboard side attacks have less to do with any purist intent and everything do with the Paul’s unenthusiastic response to the warfare state. Despite the apparent cynicism, Paul’s tactic is the correct (and ethical) one.
I imagine every writer (or blogger) would love to turn a phrase, or create an idea that becomes part of the zeitgeist: a Gladwellian “Blink” or a Friedmanian “Flat World.” I am not sure who coined the acronym GRIN (genetics Robotics information-tech and nano-tech), but he too earned his moment of zeitgeist notice.
Well at last, I have my grinning, blinking, flat-world idea. Today I unveil the initialism AIR.