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Juan Enriquez: Beyond the crisis, mindboggling science and the arrival of Homo evolutis

Somehow this is the first time I’ve come across Juan Enriquez who brings a fascinating and very funny perspective on where we are (as a species) in the grand scheme of things.

Emergency MC Hammer


Behold the prosaic power of the internet. Via BoingBoing

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University of Maine at Presque Isle, A College Baseball Team, Always on the Road


The college baseball team in my home town inexplicably showed up on the New York Times last week. Despite having grown up there it was the first time I had run across their slogan: “The University of Maine at Presque Isle: North of Ordinary.” Indeed. That may be the most appropriate slogan I’ve ever heard.

It’s a great story though and a powerful contrast to the state of college athletics in the rest of the country:

The nation’s prominent college sports of basketball and football are flashed across television screens around the clock, a big-money, high-stakes enterprise awash in excess. Unseen but nonetheless part of the same intercollegiate athletic community are teams like Presque Isle, bumping along the quiet country back roads of Virginia looking for a game. “Believe me, we know the difference between them and us,” first baseman D.J. Charette said the next day as the bus rolled down Interstate 81. “Their sport got them an athletic scholarship, and they might see it as a career. We aren’t in that world. We just want to play.”

Philip Zimbardo discusses The Lucifer Effect: How Good People Turn Evil

The Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School (PLMS) has been diligently offering up some of the most interesting lectures regarding the influence of psychology, cognitive neuroscience and others in the social sciences on the understanding of law, policy making, and legal theory. By making these materials available on YouTube, they are creating nothing less than a treasure trove. See their YouTube Channel for more.

I’ve previously blogged on Philip Zimbardo‘s talk at the TED Conference. His talk at Harvard is longer and more in depth, elucidating the findings of his book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil in the context of Abu Ghraib. See below for the videos in 11 parts. Read the rest of this entry »