Mixing Memory

Marvin

Back to real blogging soon, but before then, I wanted to post this. You probably saw a bit of this during NBC’s Olympics coverage, but the whole thing has to be seen. It’s one of the coolest things ever, though me being a huge Marvin Gaye fan might have something to do with me thinking…

He’s Just a Frackin’ Adolescent Ass

Way, way back in September of 2005, a Danish newspaper published some cartoons depicting Muslims and their prophet, and in response, thousands of Muslim extremists responded with varying degrees of threatened and actual violence. As you all know, this resulted in a storm of media coverage around the world, including pretty extensive coverage in the…

I’ve been meaning to post about this set of studies for a while, but because it’s relevant to Chapter 4 of Lakoff’s The Political Mind, I figured I’d better get around to it before I write the review of that chapter. It’s been a while, but in the past, I’ve talked a lot about new…

I have this friend from New York who, most of the time, speaks in a normal (that is to say, southern) accent that she’s acquired as a result of being surrounded for so long by people who speak the King’s English (’cause Elvis was a southerner). Occasionally, though, usually after she’s been talking to someone…

In Chapter 3, we finally get to read all about the Strict Father and Nurturant Parent. I knew this was coming, of course, but for some reason, when I finally got to this chapter, I still felt surprised. I mean, at some point, you’d think he’d give up metaphors that even his own epigones can’t…

Chapter 2 of Lakoff’s new book is titled “The Political Unconscious, and it’s absolutely terrible. It’s also the first chapter likely to really piss off conservatives, or really anyone who might approach the chapter critically. Oh, and it has plenty of gratuitous neuroscience to top it all off. First, let’s look at what will inevitably…

The first thing to say about Chapter 1 is that it’s much better written than the Introduction. In fact, if you buy the book, I recommend skipping the introduction, and starting with Chapter 1. Chapter 1 is, in fact, the best chapter in the book. That’s because it contains a pretty good discussion of scripts,…

Well, I’ve got Lakoff’s new book, The Political Mind, and I’ve read the first few chapters, so I figured I’d start sharing my thoughts about them. For now, I’ll do it on a chapter by chapter basis, which makes sense, because the chapters are pretty disjointed and, at least after the first few, it’s hard…

There’s an interesting short paper by Paul Bloom and Susan Gelman in the July issue of Trends in Cognitive Science with that title. Unfortunately, it’s not yet available without a subscription (though Bloom tends to put his papers on his website once published, so it might show up there sometime in the near future), but…

The War and Peace Phenomenon

Here’s a little tidbit from my personal life that I thought I’d share, because I find it pretty amusing. I’ve always ridden the bus to work, because as anyone who’s spent time on a college campus knows, it’s impossible to get good parking spots unless you show up at about 4 am. On the bus,…