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Unlearning the desire for certainty

  It was not until I was teaching anthropology 100 at City College, when I was told to use a text book that had been chosen by the previous teacher, that I was struck by how much of this same curriculum I had been taught and then forced myself to unlearn. The entire range of […]

Erosion TV

  It all started with the Butter-Melt Channel that showed up ten months into the writers’ strike. Pats of butter ever so slowly dissolving into thick slices of fresh hot toast or crusts of warm baguette. Slabs of butter on hunks of grilled Kobe beef. Butter on ears of corn and on stacks of pancakes. […]

So now this bully from high school wants you to vote for him…

School is where we learned a lot of basic truths. Not just algebra and biology, but truths about people and ourselves. School is where we learn about bullies. Grades 1-6 are the open, seeking, questioning years. All our emotions, a whole lot of these, are fleeting, although really powerful. Grade school bullies can be forgiven, […]

Blood-type and Personality-type in Japan…

I ran across an old article I did for the Kyoto Journal on the social psychology of bloodtype in Japan. You can download it here: Transfusions of Modernity Your camera choice is actually determined by your blood type… The piece starts off like this… “MY OWN FIRST ENCOUNTER with a popularized “blood-type knowledge” was in 1983, […]

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