A “Healing Gaze” Comes to Boulder

From the Boulder Daily Camera — $8 will buy you a group session with Braco, a Croation faith-gazer, who will gaze at you. Silently. For $72 you can get a full-day pass to all of the gazing sessions, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, either Wednesday or Thursday. Probably with some breaks so he can rest […]

Another Age of Exploration

French scientists studying the genetic lineage of sweet potatoes in the islands of the South Pacific have found evidence that the food was introduced first from Peru, probably by Polynesian adventurers/explorers. [ScienceNOW]. Previously it was thought that the sweet potatoe was introduced twice, once from Mexico by Spaniards and once from the Caribbean by Portugese, […]

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Principles of Persuasion

A short, well done cartoon illustrates (literally) six scientifically validated principles of persuasion. Those principles are reciprocity, scarcity, authority, consistency, liking, and consensus, but don’t take my word for it — watch the video. Persuasion Science has been a minor interest of mine for several years, starting when I was investigating how to establish credibility […]

What’s So Great About Reality?

Why on earth would I want the stories I read to resemble the life I live? Lee Rourke in The Guardian Books section praises novels that refuse tidy endings, politely oozing a little scorn for our reading tastes — “our” meaning, here, the rest of us lesser folk, who don’t “read a hell of a […]

Liberalism in Multicultural Societies

In a review of 5 books on the subject, Timothy Garton Ash finds some remarkably sensible things to say about “multiculturalism”, like: If, therefore, you want to elaborate a version of multiculturalism that is genuinely compatible with liberalism, as some distinguished political theorists do, you have to spend pages hedging the term about with clarifications […]