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February 19, 2009

Video of a Seed salon with Janna Levin and fiction writer Jonathon Lethem.

December 08, 2008

A "scientist's scientist" on stress in tough economic times.

July 22, 2008

New Scientist’s headline “‘Ten Commandments’ of race and genetics issued” possibly falls into the overly-clever-but-unnecessary category of journalistic wordplay. They took the easy way out; ashamedly, it grabbed my attention.

Mapping the human genome has raised many ethical questions about choices — controversial issues ranging from designer babies to personal privacy rights. But, the issue of using this greater level of genetic detail as a basis for racial stereotypes and discriminatory policies, well, that’s a quieter issue that perhaps has more pervasive reprecussions.

Stereotypes, such as the native physicality of African-American athletes, may be born out by such data, but we may not be taking into account the cultural and social factors that contribute to these conclusions. Because the data may feed our preconceptions and appear to be logical, the scientific methodologies may not be scrutinized as critically as they could be.

May 21, 2008

The classic Eames Office video about the Powers of Ten is likened to a "a low budget 70s era educational filmstrip."

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March 19, 2008

Is math a basic need we intuit like hunger, thirst, and love?

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