October 2015

What is Cultural Appropriation?

This Halloween we’ll see kids, college students, and other revelers dressed in costumes ranging from scary to hilarious: Chewbaccas, spandex police officers, Harry Potters, Frodos… even Elvis. But at any party, we have a good chance of seeing cultural appropriation. We might see white people glibly dressed in mock Native American headdresses, frat brothers dressing “ghetto”, people who have no real connection to India wearing red dots on their foreheads, would-be Zulus, Geishas (from Texas), and of course a gringo in a sombrero.

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In Praise of Love - Plato's Symposium meets Bernstein's Serenade

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The Logic of Regret

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Social media, knowledge of others, and self-knoweldge

A recent Radiolab podcast relates an amazing story about Allen Funt, the creator of the television show, Candid Camera.  Funt found himself on a plane that was being hijacked.  However, as Funt was by then well-known as the creator of the show, one of the passengers on the hijacked plane spotted Funt, started to grin and, pointing at Funt, yelled out, “we’re on Candid Camera!”  The rest of the people on the plane began to recognize Funt as well and, despite Funt’s protestations t

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Bioethics – Myths and Realities

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