Kurt Vonnegut explains drama I was at a Kurt Vonnegut talk in New York a few years ago. Talking about writing, life, and everything. He explained why people have such a need for drama in their life. He said, “People have been hearing fantastic stories since time began. He drew an empty grid on the board, like this: Time moves from left to right. He said, “Let's look at a very common story arc. It starts with her awful life with evil stepsisters, scrubbing the fireplace. “People LOVE that story! He wiped the board clean and said, “Now let's look at another popular story arc: the disaster.” It's an ordinary day in an ordinary town. But the problem is, life is really like this... Our lives drifts along with normal things happening. “But because we grew up surrounded by big dramatic story arcs in books and movies, we think our lives are supposed to be filled with huge ups and downs! That's why people invent fights. We're trying to make our life into a fairy tale.
Unethical Websites Or maybe the century. I guess it might be a parody. I hope it’s a parody. UPDATE (MAY 3): I have been convinced that this post went too far. On Indiegogo, a competitor of GoFundMe, some deranged individuals have actually—can I be really writing this? The text of the appeal is similarly jaw-dropping: We’re campaigning to show our Support for Officer Michael T. Why in the world would anyone want to support a man who has committed a murder and fanned the flames of distrust and racial discord in the process? We believe in all of our LEOs and want to publicly support them! Do you believe in video technology? Although he may have made mis-steps in judgement he was protecting the community. Calling shooting an unarmed fleeing man a misstep in judgement is like calling Jeffrey Daumer a bad chef. Michael is a former Coast Guardsman with two stepchildren and a wife who is expecting a child, served for more than five years with the department without being disciplined. So what? Why? Oh.
40 Superb Psychology Blogs PsyBlog Forty of the best psychology blogs, chosen to give you a broad sweep of the most interesting content being produced online right now. The list is split into three sections: first are more general psychological blogs, followed by those with an academic slant, followed by condition specific and patient perspective blogs. Other than that the blogs are presented in no particular order. Updated Sep 2012 to reflect blogs that are now inactive. General: PsyBlog: The blog you’re reading right now—you should subscribe to PsyBlog here.MindHacks: links to psychological goodness from all around the web. More academic: Dr Petra Boynton: sex educator and academic exposes media misrepresentations of science.Babel’s Dawn: exploring the origins of language.The Neurocritic: anonymous, critical, mischievous.Advances in the History of Psychology: it’s all in the title.Deric Bounds’ MindBlog: biological view of the brain from an Emeritus Professor. Condition specific/patient perspective blogs: Panic!
One Day on Earth: A film shot in every country in the world on a single day... This trailer is the first glimpse of One Day on Earth, an ambitious motion picture shot by thousands of filmmakers in every country in the world on a single day: October 10, 2010. The trailer alone includes footage from 90 individuals and organizations. The producer/director Kyle Ruddick is currently editing down 3,000 hours of film and is asking for help via Kickstarter to complete the project. Henry A. Giroux | Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)Those who fight against neoliberalism must not settle for reforming a system that is as broken as it is dangerous. Any viable, transformative struggle will need a boldly democratic vision; durable, longstanding organizations and strategies that make politics meaningful. To be corrupted by totalitarianism, one does not have to live in a totalitarian country.- George Orwell Central to George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society was a government so powerful that it not only dominated all of the major institutions in a society, but it also was quite adept at making invisible its inner workings of power. To read more articles by Henry A. The American Deep State, or what Colonel Fletcher Prouty called the Secret Team, is a structural layer of political intermediaries: non-governmental organizations (e.g. In addition, the left has to do more than chart out the mechanisms through which neoliberal authoritarianism sustains itself.
WAR Wins Above Replacement (WAR) is an attempt by the sabermetric baseball community to summarize a player’s total contributions to their team in one statistic. You should always use more than one metric at a time when evaluating players, but WAR is pretty darn all-inclusive and provides a handy reference point. WAR basically looks at a player and asks the question, “If this player got injured and their team had to replace them with a minor leaguer or someone from their bench, how much value would the team be losing?” Calculating WAR is simpler than you’d think. ● Offensive players – Take wRAA, UBR & wSB, and UZR (which express offensive, base running, and defensive value in runs above average) and add them together. ● Pitchers – Where offensive WAR used wRAA and UZR, pitching WAR uses FIP. WAR is available in two places: FanGraphs (fWAR) and Baseball-Reference (rWAR). Context: League-average WAR rates vary. For position players and starting pitchers, here is a good rule-of-thumb chart:
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us July 22, 2011 by Akira Hirai Daniel Pink’s book, Drive, explores some misconceptions about what drives human behaviors. For example, one commonly held belief is that if you provide larger monetary incentives, people will perform better. This turns out to be true for simple, mechanical tasks, but false when applied to complex tasks that require conceptual reasoning. For the latter, better outcomes are achieved by providing autonomy, providing people with the opportunity to master the subject matter, and creating a sense of purpose. This brilliantly animated video summarizes some of Dan’s thinking. Other articles by Akira Hirai. Filed under: Economics, Strategy About Cayenne Consulting.
I Bought a Rainforest Copyrighted image Credit: Charlie Hamilton James Wildlife photographer Charlie Hamilton James has just bought 100 acres of the Peruvian Amazon … without even looking at it first. He plans to spend a year photographing the animals on his land, before launching a campaign to protect more of the forest. But it turns out buying a piece of land over the phone isn’t such a great idea. Over three programmes Charlie discovers that the problems facing the Amazon are now all on his doorstep - the drug trade, illegal gold mining, logging and poverty. Intercut with Charlie’s photographs of wildlife and the people he meets during his stay, this is a jungle adventure that takes in everything from poisonous snakes and hallucinogenic shamanic brews to flesh eating diseases. Watch the series on BBC Two I Bought a Rainforest is on Sunday evening at 8pm, starting on 1 June 2014. 7 specifically produced for the TV series. 8.
Themes in Psychology PsyBlog PsyBlog Themes in Psychology Below are collected the series published on PsyBlog which focus on specific areas of psychology over several posts. Social psychology How we are affected by the presence of other people, whether it is actual, imagined or implied. Cognitive psychology Examines cognitive and emotional processes: how we think, perceive, remember, learn and create. Motivation/Emotion Mind and Body Cyberpsychology Top 10s Some top 10 studies ranging across various areas of psychology. Money/Work A series of special articles on our relationship with work, money and consumerism. Happiness What scientists have discovered about what makes us happy and how we can become happier. Text: © All rights reserved. Images: Creative Commons License
The Dalai Lama's 18 Rules For Living - StumbleUpon May 6, 2011 | 42 Comments » | Topics: Life, List At the start of the new millennium the Dalai Lama apparently issued eighteen rules for living. Since word travels slowly in the digital age these have only just reached me. Here they are. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. via OwenKelly Hot Stories From Around The Web Other Awesome Stories