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Evans-Pritchard explores a “closed system of thought”

In a previous post, I’ve discussed an overview of the career of Sherry B. Ortner, an anthropologist that I learned about through reading work by another anthropologist, Marjorie Harness Goodwin. In this post, I will discuss another anthropologist. Ortner has studied the anthropology of the Sherpas of Nepal, the life stories of a 1950s New Jersey […]


What is mindfulness?

The purpose of this post is to highlight a range of definitions for the term “mindfulness.” I’ve written this post primarily to organize my own thinking with regard to how the term is defined, by different people, in different contexts. I believe there is value in precision in the use of language when concepts such […]


The Organized Mind (2014)

I was very pleased to read an Aug. 24, 2014 Globe and Mail article entitled: “Your brain has limited capacity: Here’s how to maximize it.” The article is based on a book, The Organized Mind (2014) by Daniel Levitin. I’ve posted a couple of recent items about the book: The processing capacity of the conscious […]


Do your social networking and email during a designated time, not as constant interruptions to your day

I would describe myself as dubious with regard to efforts to “explain reality” on the basis of neuroscience research. That said, I do read accounts of potential applications of the “latest neuroscience research.” By way of example, the concept that a person needs to “reset” one’s brain from time to time – for example, by avoiding […]


Stage magic and Fair Trade coffee

By way of an introduction: 1) Truthiness refers to sense making in the absence of evidence. 2) What does the work of stage magicians tell us about how the mind works? The link to a May 3, 2008 Boston Globe article about this topic can be accessed at the previous sentence. The article notes that […]