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The Anti-Mentor - Signal v. Noise
"A bad boss shapes our leadership style more than we realize."
management  style  experience 
february 2019 by tsuomela
Ian's Shoelace Site – Introduction
"Fun, fashion & science in the Internet's #1 website about shoelaces. Whether you want to learn to lace shoes, tie shoelaces, stop shoelaces from coming undone, calculate shoelace lengths or even repair aglets, Ian's Shoelace Site has the answer! "
shoes  shopping  style 
february 2018 by tsuomela
There Are More Things on Heaven and Earth Than Dreamt of in Your Critique | Easily Distracted
"overall frustrations I have with large strains and tendencies in work that I want to like more than I do, including issues I sometimes see in the writing of my students. So here are six tendencies that I have a problem with:"
criticism  critique  culture  academia  style  argument 
july 2013 by tsuomela
Study finds students don't learn more from charismatic lecturers | Inside Higher Ed
"Imagine you receive the same lecture twice: once from a charismatic lecturer speaking fluently without notes and maintaining eye contact; and again from a hesitant speaker, slumped over her notes and stumbling over her words. Which is better? In terms of what you learn there is surprisingly little to choose between the two, according to a team of psychologists."
education  pedagogy  lecture  style  presentation  learning  learning-theory  teaching 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Evgeny Morozov attacks internet consensus single-handed | openDemocracy
"Instead of polemical cowboy columns, a systematic approach around key concepts and underlying traditions (such as libertarianism) could have a more devastating effect on the study of the internet and its political and social potential."
book  review  internet  criticism  technology-critique  libertarianism  systematic  rhetoric  style 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Analytic Thinking Promotes Religious Disbelief
Scientific interest in the cognitive underpinnings of religious belief has grown in recent years. However, to date, little experimental research has focused on the cognitive processes that may promote religious disbelief. The present studies apply a dual-process model of cognitive processing to this problem, testing the hypothesis that analytic processing promotes religious disbelief. Individual differences in the tendency to analytically override initially flawed intuitions in reasoning were associated with increased religious disbelief. Four additional experiments provided evidence of causation, as subtle manipulations known to trigger analytic processing also encouraged religious disbelief. Combined, these studies indicate that analytic processing is one factor (presumably among several) that promotes religious disbelief. Although these findings do not speak directly to conversations about the inherent rationality, value, or truth of religious beliefs, they illuminate one cognitive factor that may influence such discussions.
science  religion  psychology  cognition  mental-process  analytic  thinking  style 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Using Less Effort to Think, Opinions Lean More Conservative | Arkansas Newswire | University of Arkansas
“People endorse conservative ideology more when they have to give a first or fast response,” Eidelman said. “This low-effort thinking seems to favor political conservatism, suggesting that it may be our default ideology. To be clear, we are not saying that conservatives think lightly.”
political-science  psychology  cognition  style  bias  effort  conservative 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Lawyer Mind, Judge Mind
"Several recent discussions on a variety of unrelated topics with different people have gotten me thinking about two different attitudes towards dialectical processes. They are generalized versions of the professional attitudes required of lawyers and judges, so I’ll refer to them as lawyer mind and judge mind.

In the specialized context of the law, the dialectical process is structurally constrained and the required attitudes are codified and legally mandated to a certain extent. Lawyers must act as though they were operating from a lawyer-mindset, even if internally they are operating with a judge-mind."
law  mind  habit  professional  thinking  style  dialectic  judicial 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : What Is Econ Advice?
"Imagine that economists were surveyed and had to choose how they’d best like to describe economic policy recommendations, as:

Morals – Arguing for the morality of actions,
Deals – Helping groups find and make deals, or
Showing Off – Academics do hard things in order to be certified by other academics as impressive, so that students, patrons, and readers can gain status by affiliating with them. Economic policy analysis is such a hard thing.

I’d bet that at least 25% would choose option #2, and even more among those whose style leans sci/tech. And #2 seems to me a better public face for economists to present to the world – economists will prosper more overall if they say this is what they are doing."
economics  argument  purpose  genre  academic  communication  style 
february 2012 by tsuomela
Ezra Klein - How the White House cut its deal and lost its base
Instead, the White House disappeared into a closed room with the Republicans and cut a deal that they'd made no effort to sell to progressives. When the deal was cut, the president took an oblique shot at their preferences, saying "the American people didn’t send us here to wage symbolic battles or win symbolic victories." And this came a mere week or two after the White House announced a federal pay freeze. The pattern, for progressives, seems clear: The White House uses them during elections, but doesn't listen to, or consult them, while governing. In fact, it insults them, and then tells them to quiet down, they got the best bargain possible, even if it wasn't the one they'd asked for, or been promised.
politics  progressive  obama  style  negotiating  republicans  taxes  democrats  economics 
december 2010 by tsuomela
The 20th-Century Problem: Needell and Biography « Ether Wave Propaganda
In the history of science, the 20th century is unique in terms of the sheer scale, social importance, and intellectual diversity of the scientific enterprise, and the closeness of its relationship to the development and design of technology.  This can create some intimidating historiographical challenges...
The question, though, is whether the local narrative is revealing or reflective. I like to think of the archive as something like a Greek oracle. It always answers no matter what you ask it, and if you get a cryptic answer, you always think it’s an answer to the question you’ve asked. In a sense, the themes highlighted in Berkner’s work are perennial. Any given organizational decision may reflect these themes, without the problems suggested by them necessarily being in the balance.
sts  science  biography  cold-war  history  historiography  proces  methods  style  archive 
september 2010 by tsuomela
A working hypothesis - Charlie's Diary
Deep craziness: we're in it, and there's probably not going to be any reduction in the prevalence of authoritarian escapism until we collectively become accustomed to the pace of change. Which will, at a minimum, not happen until the older generations have died of old age — and maybe not even then.
future-shock  politics  paranoia  style  eliminationism  rhetoric 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Mind - Research Upends Traditional Thinking on Study Habits - NYTimes.com
Tips like - moving physical locations while studying. Debunking - learning styles. Links directly to some research papers
psychology  study  habit  learning  tips  style 
september 2010 by tsuomela
America First? | The New York Review of Books
Best European Fiction 2010
edited and with an introduction by Aleksandar Hemon, with a preface by Zadie Smith

Why Translation Matters
by Edith Grossman

The Novel: An Alternative History, Beginnings to 1600
by Steven Moore

Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
by David Shields

..aside from superficial markers like names and places, or the fact that it is fairly easy to distinguish translated texts from those in their original tongue..It seems to me rather that as we tackle intriguing stories from Latvia and Lithuania, Bosnia and Macedonia, we are struck by how familiar these voices are, how reassuringly similar in outlook to one another and ourselves.
books  review  translation  foreign-language  novel  literature  purpose  form  modernism  international  style 
july 2010 by tsuomela
LRB · David Bromwich · Diary
Bromwich essay of 13 May 2010
"Off-script, Obama speaks so deliberately – with such compunction lest a misjudged word escape – that he seems a lucid expositor of sentiments and intentions. Yet he lacks the ad lib skill of the born politician, skill at making the explanation that actually explains. He has not yet given an entire speech that unfolds a coherent policy in any area of governance; and all of his speeches bear the impress of his belief in the transparent soundness of his own position. He talks as if by full certification of the relevant establishment, corporate, financial, military, medical, and he never takes the trouble to imagine a strong opponent. He is, by nature, a man of tendencies rather than commitments."
politics  america  obama  personality  character  rhetoric  style  speech  persuasion  power 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Darwin's Literary Models
It may not be structured like a journal paper, but "On the Origin of Species" was written according to classical rules of rhetoric.
darwin  charles  logic  rhetoric  argument  style  writing  science  persuasion  19c  evolution  biology  communication  scholarly-communication 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Taste for Makers
by Paul Graham in 2002. "Good design looks easy. Like great athletes, great designers make it look easy. Mostly this is an illusion. The easy, conversational tone of good writing comes only on the eighth rewrite."
design  creativity  art  philosophy  programming  aesthetics  judgment  style  taste 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Maverick Philosopher: Dennett's Dismissal of Dualism
Daniel Dennett is a brilliant and flashy writer, but his brilliance borders on sophistry. (In this regard, he is like Richard Rorty, another writer who knows how to sell books.) As John Searle rightly complains, he is not above "bully[ing] the reader with abusive language and rhetorical questions. . . ." (The Mystery of Consciousness, p. 115) An excellent example of this is the way Dennett dismisses substance dualism in the philosophy of mind.
philosophy  style  dualism  mind 
december 2009 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Demystifying social knowledge
We might think of these as styles of sociological thinking.  One emphasizes the ordinariness of the phenomena, and looks at the chief challenges of sociology as embracing the tasks of description, classification, and explanation.  The other highlights the inherent obscurity of the social world, and conceives of sociology as an exercise in philosophical theory, involving the work of presenting, clarifying and critiquing texts and abstract philosophical ideas as well as specific social circumstances.
sociology  style  discourse  conventions  history 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Eeyore and the Unintended Consequence « Easily Distracted
..loosely libertarian (e.g., McArdle/Brooksian surface-level libertarianism used mostly to defend fixed programmatic commitments) fears of the unintended consequences of action by the state are empirically and philosophically messed up. They’re not really based on a comprehensive history of the consequences of state action, and they’re not really based on any kind of consistent view of structure-agency interaction.
libertarian  free-markets  ideology  consequences  unintended  silppery-slope  false  arguments  style  government 
august 2009 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Those pearls won't clutch themselves
It's the ritual. This is what we do in America. You're going to have to play along. Stop accusing liars of lying and just say they offend you, like you're supposed to do. This is American politics, it's not about true or false or right or wrong, it's about your feelings. You're just going to have to learn to play by the rules. Those pearls won't clutch themselves.
religion  argument  american  style 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Flarf is Dionysus. Conceptual Writing is Apollo. by Kenneth Goldsmith : Poetry Magazine [article/magazine]
Our immersive digital environment demands new responses from writers. What does it mean to be a poet in the Internet age? These two movements, Flarf and Conceptual Writing, each formed over the past five years, are direct investigations to that end.
poetry  poetics  art  modern  contemporary  style  writing  conceptual  flarf  school  magazine 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Blographia Literaria: On Specialist Realism: Infinite Summer Post #2
At any rate, what I think is important is that this objection to detail is, more specifically, a gripe about detail that has obviously been arrived at by research—as opposed to details that are the result of mere observation. In either case, a certain density is the objective, one that is meant to signal that the artist is, in some sense, a specialist, willing to undertake extensive yet minute pains and labors to get all the details right, whether that's the way light plays on a woman's hair or the way drugs affect the human physiology. The specialist realist is someone who believes heart and soul the Carlyle quote that "Genius… means the transcendent capacity of taking trouble."
about(DavidFosterWallace)  writing  fiction  literature  realism  style  research  ostentation 
july 2009 by tsuomela
FT.com / Arts / Theatre
Recently, however, I have seen a shift away from the traditional model of book readings and for-and-against Oxford Union-style debates and towards a showier kind of speaking event, in which bookish ideas and themes are lifted off the page and into the stuff of rhetoric and performance.
authors  performance  style  story-telling  trends 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Hacker News | I was a theoretical physicist for 13 years, and struggled a lot with this questi...
One unusual but very useful style was to set a goal like reading 15 papers in 3 hours. I use the term "reading" here in an unusual way. Of course, I don't mean understanding everything in the papers. Instead, I'd do something like this: for each paper, I had 12 minutes to read it. The goal was to produce a 3-point written LaTeX summary of the most important material I could extract: usually questions, open problems, results, new techniques, or connections I hadn't seen previously. When time was up, it was onto the next paper. A week later, I'd make a revision pass over the material, typically it would take an hour or so.
reading  methods  academic  style  learning  via:orzelc 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Prose Style, Clear and Simple as the Truth
web site for book Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose, by Mark Turner and Francis-Noel Thomas Annotated link http://www.diigo.cn/bookmark/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.classicprose.com
book  writing  style 
march 2009 by tsuomela
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