I think we were walking to Aldi for some cheap crackers and cheese; for whatever reason we started talking about the colour of money. In Australia, the $5 note is pink, the $10 blue, the $20 red; the $50 is nicknamed “a pineapple” and only the $100 note is green. Bright bright green. Ivan asked … Continue reading Ghosts in the movie machine
I seem to have developed a strange habit of reading Australian books in the US. The first day I was here (this time around) I read Romulus, My Father, by Raimond Gaita; and then Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. Last year, it was The Great World, by David Malouf - and come to think of … Continue reading Australia…na?
I listened to a Very Bad Wizards podcast the other day; episode 84, which is about "stepping outside of your own perspective in ethics, science, or politics". Given such a topic, I was a bit surprised by the discussion at the start of the episode about "litmus test" books and movies; i.e. about the idea that … Continue reading On (Toothbrush) Standards
1. Emma Sky, and her book The Unravelling. I saw her speak last week (thanks to Sammi!), now she's on Q&A, and I'm reading her book. It's all so... sensible. And amazing. Stay tuned for more in depth review. 2. This blog post about "boring personality psychology", by David Funder. As a social psychologist, arch … Continue reading Some Good Things
Have you ever wanted to live forever? What about having your body (or just your brain) cryogenically preserved before you die, so that once the technology becomes available you can return to life? Whether this sounds appealing or not, I recommend you read this (long but extremely informative) post about cryonics. If you're anything like me, … Continue reading Cryonic Terror Management Theory
1. Moral relativism is not cool. I learnt this the hard way: you shouldn’t hesitate when your friend asks “but killing babies is objectively wrong, right?” “Well...” In my defence, I was thinking about the problems with moral naturalism; about the difficulties of locating “the moral good” somewhere in the natural world; about the book The … Continue reading Absolutely.
What would you do if you won the lottery? My mum asked me today. We threw around a few of the usual things - Go on a holiday! Buy a house! - before we got to the question of work. I would definitely definitely want to keep working; that is, researching. I have so so … Continue reading $1,000,000,000
I'm currently reading Head Strong by Michael D. Matthews, which is about how psychology has helped "revolutionize war". One chapter reminded me a lot of Ender's Game, another good (?) war book I read not long ago - so, since I'm a bit busy these days, here is a re-post of the review I wrote … Continue reading Echoes of Ender
A week-and-a-bit ago I received the table of contents for SPPS in my inbox (gotta love the smell of research in the morning), and on the list was this study by Will Gervais, Jennifer Jewell, Maxine Najle, and Ben Ng. I read it a while ago, and liked it so much that I presented it to … Continue reading Power to the… who?
There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War It's hardly a pacifist book, but in true confirmation-bias style these are the kind of quotes that have been jumping out at me. This ability and tendency (of everyone, not just me) to use or misuse quotes … Continue reading Art, Science