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The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman concludes: The Magician’s Land, reviewed.
Very good review of Grossman books which posits that Julia and Alice are the real heroes of the books. Fighting your way through adversity is the real challenge, not trying to stuff your life into a nicely ordered narrative.
book  review  fantasy  story-telling  story  narrative  gender  heroism 
april 2016 by tsuomela
Reflection Stories — Responsible Data Forum
"Through the various Responsible Data Forum events over the past couple of years, we’ve heard many anecdotes of responsible data challenges faced by people or organizations. These include potentially harmful data management practices, situations where people have experienced gut feelings that there is potential for harm, or workarounds that people have created to avoid those situations. But we feel that trading in these “war stories” isn’t the most useful way for us to learn from these experiences as a community. Instead, we have worked with our communities to build a set of Reflection Stories: a structured knowledge base on the unforeseen challenges and (sometimes) negative consequences of using technology and data for social change. W"
data  ethics  big-data  reflection  story 
march 2016 by tsuomela
Welcome to Google Island | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
"I put the glasses back on, and took off my pants. We stood, naked, before each other with no secrets, no rules, and no shame. And I knew I never wanted to leave Google Island. Even if I could. "
google  online  internet  computer  technology  technology-effects  privacy  ethics  future  story 
october 2013 by tsuomela
The Story Collider
"Science surrounds us. Even when we don't notice it, science touches almost every part of our lives. At the Story Collider, we believe that everyone has a story about science—a story about how science made a difference, affected them, or changed them on a personal and emotional level. We find those stories and share them in live shows and on our podcast. Sometimes, it's even funny."
science  audio  story  story-telling 
october 2013 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Missing Work Stories
"Stories need conflict. For stories about soldiers, detectives, politicians, artists, doctors, lawyers, and teachers, we know of socially acceptable types of conflict, which do not challenge key ideals. But stories about conflicts in ordinary jobs more easily violate key ideals, and trigger moral outrage."
business  work  story-telling  story  mortality 
february 2012 by tsuomela
We Are the 99 Percent
We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we're working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.
unemployment  capitalism  america  protests  poverty  class  class-war  online  story  work  labor  recession  depression  crisis  wall-street 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Economics Debunked: Chapter Two for Sixth Graders « naked capitalism
"That means one way to figure out whether mainstream economics makes sense is to see what the assumptions are, and to try to decide whether those assumptions make sense. For example, what were Samuelson’s assumptions? What were Arrow and Debreu’s assumptions?

Samuelson had one big assumption, that economists call ergodicity.

[Teacher pauses to give kids time to stumble over the word.]

When they say ergodicity, they mean that no matter what happens in the world, in the end, everything will reach a point whether things stop changing. That point is called the “equilibrium.” At the equilibrium, everyone will end up with a certain amount of money. The amount of money that everybody gets at the equilibrium depends on how talented they are, and not on anything that happened before. So if you rob a bank, it won’t matter because when you get to the equilibrium, if you’re stupid, you will still have the same amount of money you would have had if you didn’t rob the bank."
economics  history  story  mathematics  modeling  scientism  sts 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Economics Debunked: Chapter Two for Sixth Graders « naked capitalism
"That means one way to figure out whether mainstream economics makes sense is to see what the assumptions are, and to try to decide whether those assumptions make sense. For example, what were Samuelson’s assumptions? What were Arrow and Debreu’s assumptions?

Samuelson had one big assumption, that economists call ergodicity.

[Teacher pauses to give kids time to stumble over the word.]

When they say ergodicity, they mean that no matter what happens in the world, in the end, everything will reach a point whether things stop changing. That point is called the “equilibrium.” At the equilibrium, everyone will end up with a certain amount of money. The amount of money that everybody gets at the equilibrium depends on how talented they are, and not on anything that happened before. So if you rob a bank, it won’t matter because when you get to the equilibrium, if you’re stupid, you will still have the same amount of money you would have had if you didn’t rob the bank."
economics  history  story  mathematics  modeling  scientism  sts 
september 2011 by tsuomela
EnlightenNext - Evolutionary Enlightenment, Awakening Consciousness
EnlightenNext is dedicated to catalyzing evolution in consciousness and culture. We strive to be leaders, examples, and pathfinders in the emerging field of integral and evolutionary spirituality, and to stand for the ultimate relevance of spiritual enlightenment in our time. Through our integrated annual cycle of programs and events and our award-winning publications, we are awakening, connecting, and cultivating a global movement of “evolutionaries”—individuals who feel personally responsible for creating the future.
magazine  evolution  enlightenment  myths  story  consciousness  integral 
february 2010 by tsuomela
The Great Story Website created by Connie Barlow
THE GREAT STORY (also known as the Universe Story, Epic of Evolution, or Evolutionary Epic) is humanity's common creation story. It is the 14 billion year science-based sacred story of cosmic genesis, from the formation of the galaxies and the origin of Earth life, to the development of self-reflective consciousness and human technology, to the emergence of comprehensive compassion and tools to assist humanity in being a blessing to the larger body of life.
evolution  religion  science  spirituality  philosophy  environment  integral  story  cosmos  universe 
february 2010 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Vampires & crosses
Vampire stories tell us, for example, than any of us can have great power if only we are willing to prey on others. Feed off the blood of others and great power will be yours. This is demonstrably true. It's how the pyramids were built. And Standard Oil.
vampires  story  religion  ethics  symbols  symbolism 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Atlantic Online | Fiction 2009 | Telling Tails | Tim O’Brien
The problem with unsuccessful stories is usually simple: they are boring, a consequence of the failure of imagination. To vividly imagine and to vividly render extraordinary human events, or sequences of events, is the hard-lifting, heavy-duty, day-by-day, unending labor of a fiction writer.
writing  fiction  literature  story  creativity  howto  judgment  aesthetics 
august 2009 by tsuomela
elearningpost » Stories that inspire action
Summary of Interactions article: 4 categories for stories - s of fact, contradiction, possibility and revolution, fear and anxiety.
story-telling  story  business  genre 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Clio Bluestocking Tales: Abolition as a Self-Help Movement
More specifically, I find that the students who cling to this achievement narrative are unable to fully comprehend the material of the class. In understanding success and failure as a simple narrative based upon the character of an individual, they fail to understand the connection between the anti-slavery movement and the end of slavery.
self-help  narrative  story  story-telling  history  race  power  education 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Economic Principals » Blog Archive » More Than Two Aspirin
"The heart of hangover theory, wrote Krugman, is the idea of overinvestment — 'the idea that slumps are the price we pay for booms, that the suffering the economy experiences during a recession are the price we pay for the excesses of the previous expansion.'" - seems akin to Lakoff's Moral Politics analysis.
economics  explanation  hangover-theory  story  language  label  framing 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Easily Distracted » Blog Archive » In My Day…
I seriously hate declension narratives. Anything that starts out with, “Once upon a time, there was a golden age, and then the barbarians came and wrecked it all…” gets me going for my guns.
history  narrative  story  declension-narrative 
june 2008 by tsuomela
Robert Reich's Blog: Obama vs. McCain, and The Four Stories of American Life
There are four essential American stories. The first two are about hope; the second two are about fear.
politics  economics  narrative  story  history  america 
february 2008 by tsuomela

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