Philosophy

There's no 'good' divorce - The Boston Globe

There's no 'good' divorce - The Boston Globe
Many experts and parents embrace the idea, confident that it's not divorce itself that harms children but simply the way that parents divorce. If divorced parents stay involved with their child and don't fight with each other, they say, then children will be fine.

There's only one problem. It's not true.

Speed of technological progress and social effects

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Models in professional knowledge

Unexpected countenance of change - The Boston Globe
SOMEONE, a psychiatrist, discouragingly once said that people don't change very much, but the little ways they change, when they do change, are enormous. It seemed a dour but accurate assessment.

It was practical wisdom -- the kind someone would acquire after being in the business many admirable years. Just recently, a patient proved to me that it is utterly wrong.
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On some mental representations of personal identity

Who would have thought that a simple misspelling of a person's name would cost me so much time. But it did happen and it was an entirely my fault. A friend whose name is pronounced by all and sundry Maia or Myra, spells her name (as a consequence of Welsh blood in her East Anglian veins) 'Mair' (the correct pronunciation of which is m-ay-rr, as I learned). Recently, on an occasion of no consequence to this story, I unthinkingly misspelled her name as Myra. I could simply berate myself for sloppiness and go on to do better next time.

Marx's and Darwin's accomplishments: Finding the mechanism of evolution and social change?

Here's definitely a podcast worth listening to! Niles Eldredge and Edward J. Larson discuss the upcoming Darwin exhibit and Darwin's legacy. Particularly their discussion of Darwin's contribution of the mechanism of 'natural selection' to an existing idea of 'evolution' is illuminating.

Laws of social and natural sciences

Senators are blowing smoke on gas - Los Angeles Times  Unless they can repeal the law of supply and demand, they can't do a thing about prices.
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Gas, like everything else, has its price set by supply and demand. No company charges what it thinks is fair. They charge as much as they can get away with.
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Prices fluctuate. That's the deal with this capitalism thing.
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Oral vs. written tradition and new technologies

Portable Media Expo and Podcasting Conference Saturday Sessions
Audible's CEO Don Katz's keynote address at the Podcast Expo brought together very many interesting points regarding the relationship of the oral and written tradition and the role of new technologies in giving new importance to the ultimate pre-technological medium: storytelling. (Audio here)

More on theory and fact (medicine and ritual)

There was an interesting discussion on the BBC's Today Programme (click for audio) over some recent Lancet-published study doubting the efficiency of homeopathic treatments vs. a study conducted at the Bristol homeopathic hospital showing that about 70% of patients report some improvement in how they feel.

Some misconceptions by the defenders of the Theory of Evolution

Evolution is, in fact, the foundation of the entire science of modern biology and much of modern medicine. No, there is no absolute ''proof" of evolution, but that's not how science works. The evolutionary theory of origin of species is supported by abundant evidence from the fossil record and genetics research—indicating, for instance, that both humans and modern apes are related to primates who lived millions of years ago or that modern birds are related to dinosaurs.

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