by Tyler Cowen
on December 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm
1. Appreciative thinking
2. The real value of a Senate seat
3. Vending machines for crows
4. What does "science" tell us about the financial crisis: a symposium?
5. What Obama needs to know about drugs
The only thing Obama needs to know is that more drug enforcement -> more human suffering.
The edge piece is pretty cool. Why the scare quotes?
Of course if you interpret someone’s comment to be incorrect, they must certainly be brainwashed by the government thugs.
Or he may have gotten his information from sources such as drugscience dot org, which at least in discussion treatment admissions notes high majority rates beginning under age 18 and minor majority rates beginning at age 15 or under.
I’m all for the legalization of pot, but I can’t for the life of me understand why it’s so difficult to make *any* comment that turns a remotely critical eye on pot use without being attacked for it.
#1. If it hasn’t already been explored, I think we will see more investigation of how affect (mood) affects our judgment. Maybe “critical thinking” gained popularity when there was a surplus of researchers and many of them were trying to con the audience. Now, perhaps we’ve shifted to a relative shortage of researcher bandwidth and we need to be less critical of less polished research, thus an appreciative thinking shift. Kind of like how when you walk into an interview it would be nice to know if they are looking for reasons to accept you or looking for reasons to reject you.
By analogy, it would seem that during a booming economy or bubble inflation, everyone is looking for positives, whereas during the bust everyone returns to thinking critically.
Klein, in his TED presentation linked above, envisions using crows to clean up after stadium events, scouring the parking lot for pieces of common trash and using them in crow vending machines for peanuts. Thus an entire murder of crows doing our work for peanuts on the dollar!
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