Archive for June, 2010

The Modified Coin-Flip

One implication of our limited consciousness is that our brains rely substantially on emotion in making decisions. Kathryn Goetzke’s recent post at PsychCentral provides a simple tool that builds on this insight. You should take a look: it’s easy, since it involves flipping a coin (with an important twist).  I won’t copy what she wrote:  […]

Does the Internet Fry Your Brain?

Nicholas Carr had an interesting article at Wired Magazine last week. It reports on research relating to the potential impact of the internet on human brains.  It’s very provocative, and worth a read. The core notion is that web content, with its many hyperlinks and other potential distractions, may impede, rather than enhance, learning. In […]

Read the Blog Comments!

I hope you are enjoying the blog.  I’m enjoying writing it.  I want to emphasize that my writing is only part of what’s here.  A critical part of any blog is found in its comments. Because this blog is very new, not many readers are commenting.  Those who are, however, include some remarkable thinkers and […]

Facebook: Still Not In the User’s Corner

Last night I walked a friend through the process of setting up a Facebook page for herself and her daughter.  Since I’ve been using the site for a number of years, this role gave me an opportunity to view the process from the perspective of someone encountering Facebook for the first time. It’s a mixed […]

Plenty of Time on Our Hands

Laura Vanderkam has a superb little PowerPoint circulated as part of issue 71 of ChangeThis:  168 Hours:  The Blank Slate.  Her point is simple and powerful, conveyed in nine slides.  In sum, we have much more time available than we think. I won’t take up more time now.  As with so many other things at […]

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