Paul’s Perambulations

November 11, 2013

Big Brother is watching you

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“If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”  I don’t hide and will speak outright. When the rich and powerful (more…)

October 19, 2013

Princeton Graduate School Alumni Conference — and Paul makes some waves

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I wore my “Peace” vest today and it garnered some attention not just for the buttons I wore on the front but particularly for the large OccupyPhilly flag sewn on the back. A few well-honed activists (more…)

September 13, 2013

Reform (gradualism) or Revolution (peaceful, is my goal)

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My post in response to Krugman’s NYTimes article:

You suggest “smaller steps” for now.

Well, perhaps anything is better than nothing. Or perhaps not, if just “anything” is offered as the way to a solution. I have reached the conclusion that I would support a peaceful uprising to replace (more…)

August 17, 2013

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) as a tool for capitalist values and totalitariansm

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The success of capitalist totalitarianism (oligarchy) in America would require the elimination of any significant independent higher education, and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) could provide a means to accomplish this goal. (more…)

April 10, 2013

Princeton Graduate Psychology Reunion after 50 years, with examples of the influence of money/power and of revisionist history

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Fran and I recently attended a Graduate Psychology Reunion at Princeton.  Besides having an enjoyable time at the reunion, the event stimulated re-thinking of my experience there nearly a half-century ago. (more…)

January 2, 2013

Andrea del Sarto (Called “The Faultless Painter”) and Paul’s three-legged stool.

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Andrea del Sarto by Robert Browning

I reread this poem on New Year’s Day 2013. I believe that I had not read it fully since high school, and it is amazing how different it feels to read it in my late 60’s compared to reading it as a teenager. (more…)

November 6, 2012

“This election is bogus”

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This morning I stood outside the polls along with the candidates’ representatives, holding my sign “I will not participate in a presidential election run by mega-corporations and wealthy individuals.”  Instead, for the Presidential election, I did a write-in stating “This election is bogus.”  This is about a particular election and not about the electoral concept.  I did vote at the local level.

July 26, 2012

My venture into comparative sensory capability — with tarantulas

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At one time I was going to do auditory behavioral research with spiders, and chose tarantulas because they were fairly easy to work with (at least you could observe their reflex behavior readily — crouch to an air blast, and they are not web weavers). I would use classical conditioning to check for frequency discrimination associated with an air blast for similar frequencies pairs.  Anyhow, this creepy crawly box arrived while I was on vacation. A graduate assistant was assigned (more…)

Why was Pearl Harbor any surprise?

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War with Japan was not a surprise for most Americans. What was a surprise (more…)

Gradualism and/or revolution in climate change? It’s not just about the whales anymore.

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Although any individual instance does not establish a trend, the pattern of an increasing number of hot days and weather extremes, along with other climate changes, unfortunately makes the climate-change danger irrefutably clear (except for a few in the pay of the 1%). (more…)

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