Paul’s Perambulations

November 14, 2013

I confess! I did it! I studied polygraphs and taught others about it in General Psychology.

Filed under: Education,Peace,Politics,Work — admin @ 11:24 pm

1) Use of polygraphs was outlawed by our government a few decades ago because of the high error rate, particularly false positives that identified innocent people as likely liars. Significantly, after declaring this, government made an exception for government itself. (more…)

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”

Filed under: Education,Politics — admin @ 12:08 pm

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

Filed under: Education,humor,Work — admin @ 6:00 pm

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…)

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