Wednesday Round Up #3


The New York Times, How Race Is Lived In America
Series of articles focused on how race relations are defined by “daily experience, in schools, in sports arenas, in pop culture and at worship, and especially in the workplace”

American Anthropological Association, RACE: Are We So Different?
“Looking through the eyes of history, science and lived experience, the RACE Project explains differences among people and reveals the reality – and unreality – of race.”

The New York African Burial Ground
“Return to the past to build the future”

Also check out the lead researcher’s report, “An Examination of Enslaved Lives, A Construction of Ancestral Ties

Jennifer Eberhardt, Imaging Race (pdf)
American Psychologist article on brain imaging and the “social psychological responses associated with race”

Barack Obama’s Speech on Race
Full transcript here; Video, with comments across the spectrum, here

And for those people coming here, seeking more commentary on Obama’s speech, I now have a post on Obama and Race.

Embodiment & Sense Making

20/20, Blind People Who Interact with the World like Dolphins & Bats
Humans can echolocate!  Absolutely amazing.

Mind Matters, Thinking With The Body
, Movement, and Embodied Cognition

CF Kurtz & DJ Snowden, The New Dynamics of Strategy: Sense-making in a Complex and Complicated World
Challenging three basic assumptions—order, rational choice, and intent—in decision making


Matthew Hutson, Magical Thinking
“Magical thinking springs up everywhere”

Neurocritic, Mmm… Donuts… The Sequel
How your brain puts together hunger and food cues

Laurie Taylor/Charles Leadbeater (author of We Think), Mass Collaboration
Radio cast on mass participatory problem solving—for example, Wikipedia and ilovebees from a Halo advert (note: specific program starts 1 minute in)

Kevin Lewis, Uncommon Knowledge: Surprising Insights from the Social Sciences
Another edition from The Boston Globe’s round up

Toni Clarke, Brain Fitness Seen as Hot Industry of the Future
Fitness machines for your brain?

Anahad O’Connor, The Claim: Identical Twins Have Identical DNA
Bottom Line: Identical twins are not genetically identical

Cross-Cultural Work 

Vaughan at Mind Hacks, Exporting Psychological Treatments, Importing Wisdom
Exploring how to do cross-cultural mental health work

Todd’s Hammer, Dialogue to Solve Cross Cultural Problems
Reflective take on relativism in the classroom and out


John I. Nurnberger, Jr., and Laura Jean Bierut, Seeking the Connections: Alcoholism and Our Genes
Scientific American piece: Genetics provide “insight, not destiny”

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