I have read many things. Let’s start with a few books.
The New Jim Crow was a great read, a very detailed accounting of how the refusal to acknowledge race within the criminal justice system has led to a new form of racial discrimination. Of course, the criminal justice systems doesn’t only hate black and brown people – it also hates poor people. But the data are clear that it’s horribly biased against racial minorities.
Make it Stick was a great guide to utilizing the science of learning as a learner and teacher. It will definitely change how I do what I do, starting with my Intro to Evolution class in a couple of weeks. I should really be working on that class… Most important lessons from the book: make learning hard, stop re-reading, quiz yourself frequently, don’t cram, try to answer before learning the answer, utilize multiple examples.
The Buried Giant was a fun novel. It was confusing, deliberately, I think, but it was filled with beautiful, sad images, metaphors, and allegory. I recommend this to my contemplative, fantasy-obsessed nerd friends.
Wow, I have been avoiding writing up those books because I thought it would be a lot of work. Nope. Onward to popular (?) media.
Republicans don’t like their choices for a Presidential candidate. I have something in common with Republicans. Maybe it’s because there is no longer an actual Republican establishment. Mitt doesn’t like Trump? Well, Rush Limbaugh doesn’t like Mitt! The New Yorker really doesn’t like Trump, of course, and why should they. But it’s going to be interesting to see what happens when Trump is the GOP’s option. Of course, it’s a problem of the party’s own making – not President Obama’s fault! And Republicans should feel bad, and they kinda deserve it in this case. I just don’t think the rest of us do, too. I’m holding fast to the unlikeliness of a Trump general election victory.
I get that Clinton needs to appeal to moderates (although, see my earlier post, neither they nor independents are real), but why would she need to say demonstrably false compliments about Nancy Reagan, who was pretty horrible on the AIDS issue?
People got all riled up about the “Creator” paper in PLoS regarding hand morphology, when really it was probably just a bad translation. Scientists are not the tolerant, thoughtful bunch that they think they are.
Coverage of the Apple-FBI lawsuit has been terrible. I don’t own, let alone wear, a tinfoil hat. But people should be more concerned about what it would mean for our private information – information that 30 years ago would not have existed in any form other than individuals’ memories – to be permanent and publicly available.
I like the idea that Utopianism might be a combination of optimism and verve.
Lake Street Dive is awesome.
As good as it might be to look like the Rock, it takes a lot of work.
Phew! I feel all cleaned out. Until next time!