I'm on half-holidays this week - my boyfriend is required(ish) to go to Miami for a continuing medical education conference, and I've tagged along. Since he's at lectures half the day, I'm also working half the day, but the rest of the time it's all palm trees and beaches and mangroves and alligators! At least, … Continue reading Holiday, Recommendation
I'm reading a novel called The Sound of One Hand Clapping, by Richard Flanagan. I thought I had read something by him before and liked it, which is why my parents gave me this book for my birthday. In fact, they gave me this book and two more, all by Richard Flanagan. So you can imagine my dismay, … Continue reading The Inevitable
“But that would be the easy part!” We were on holidays in California, and Ivan’s friend was talking about the different paths he might take to arrive as An Author, having written A Book. “I could drop everything, drink up all my money, and live like a tramp for a year - but that would … Continue reading Easy.
Today is the International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day. What better day to... blog about war? I'm going to stick to my Monday schedule, but I wanted to take this opportunity to share three things: This Spotify playlist, created especially for #PeaceDay. It's a pretty bizarre and eclectic mix, but I'm enjoying … Continue reading Peace One Day
"Ah, Paul Rozin is sort of orthogonal to this whole debate." I can't remember who said it, but I do remember the tone: awestruck, almost reverential, but with a touch of uncertainty as well. Where does Paul Rozin fit in? Let's take a step back. "This whole debate" was referring to the debate about replicability … Continue reading Orthogonal
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?
...to authors, that is. Sometimes I wish I could. Not when I'm a reviewer - all the journals I've reviewed for so far have had blind review, so that's not a problem*. But when I'm a reader; a student; a researcher; just trying to learn about something or other; that's when it would sometimes be … Continue reading Blinding Myself…
Last week, the news was going around that a 94-year old German man, Reinhold Hanning, had been convicted of accessory to murder. And this was not any old homicide; this was the murder of around 170,000 people in Auschwitz, the concentration camp in which Hanning had been a guard during 1944. Quoting the news: The prosecution’s … Continue reading War and Murder
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
I said that some of the posts here would be advice-type, "Don't Make My Mistake"-type, and, well... As far as mistakes go, this one is not so terrible. But still. My research is about war. More specifically, about the morality of war. I came to this topic through reading just war theory (JWT), and since JWT is … Continue reading A Cautionary Tale