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5 truths about character and poverty that David Brooks has too much self-control to grasp

My David Brooks posts tend to be blockbusters (tens of hundreds of viewers!) so I am leaning in and going full listicle for this rant about┬áhis┬álatest column, which in Brooksian fashion puts a modern social scientific sheen on old conservative … Continue reading

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Cedar’s Digest reads “Twilight of the Elites”

This week at the beach I also got a chance to read Chris Hayes’ superb social commentary, “Twilight of the Elites.” Instead of gathering thoughts later to write a blog post, I tweeted some thoughts as they occurred to me. … Continue reading

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Deep and Shallow Arguments in Logos, Cursing and Civil War Memory

Over the weekend I witnessed several seemingly unrelated conversations that held a common thread. On the surface, these might seem to be shallow conversations about logos, style of language, or word usage. However for many having strong feelings about these … Continue reading

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Myths Come From Values, Not From Ignorance

Like many interested in how we apply basic cognitive science to education, I was interested in the recent finding that many teachers still endorse many myths and misconceptions about neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Here is the original paper, and an … Continue reading

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Obama’s Tears and No Voter Left Behind

Like many progressive Obama supporters, I was moved by his tears as he thanked his Chicago staff and volunteers this past week. Whether or not you believe he is a great president, it is pretty clear he is a good … Continue reading

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A Failure of Imagination – Jonah Lehrer is “Nothing more than a schoolteacher”

I have followed with morbid fascination the downfall of Jonah Lehrer. I’ll admit to really enjoying Proust was a Neuroscientist, as well as How We Decide. I still see value in each of these books, and I will continue to … Continue reading

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My first scientific presentation (and my 100th blog post!)

This is my 100th blog post, and I thought it might be fun to return to a point near the beginning of my time in science writing and communication, the summer after my junior year in high school, when I … Continue reading

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A college professor goes back to elementary school

I spent the day today in my sons’ elementary school, as part of the Watch DOGS program. Part of me chafes a little bit at the idea that it is a special thing for dads to come visit and volunteer, … Continue reading

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“Then, they came for the 3rd grade teachers, and I said nothing”

German pastor Martin Niemoller is quoted as saying First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a … Continue reading

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David Brooks: C’mon Feel That Invigorating Moral Culture, baby!

>David Brooks recent column on education reform is not as immediately awful as many of his other columns. It does not make me want to throw it down in disgust (but in the bestest, smirking-est, Taibbi-est way possible). It does not … Continue reading

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