Uma teoria das idéias excêntricas

Selon Wikipedia: Crank magnetism is a term popularized by physiologist and blogger Mark Hoofnagle to describe the propensity of cranks to hold multiple irrational, unsupported or ludicrous beliefs that are often unrelated to one another. Crank magnetism may be considered to operate wherever a single person propounds a number of unrelated denialist conjectures, poorly supported […]

Bryan Burrough’s Days of Rage

The following is a relatively long collection of quotes from the recent David Hines‘ Status 451 post on Bryan Burrough’s book “Days of Rage”. “People have completely forgotten that in 1972 we had over nineteen hundred domestic bombings in the United States.” — Max Noel, FBI (ret.) Recently, I had my head torn off by […]

Abandonando toda música

É claro que me senti estranho escrevendo este texto. Afinal, me sinto tentado (“racionalmente”) a assumir uma posição desconfortável, compartilhada apenas por certos tipos de fundamentalismos cristãos (puritanismo) e muçulmanos (Taliban). Minha posição é, de fato, radical: Música é como um parasita. Naturalmente, não tenho qualquer motivação “espiritual” ou “religiosa” pra chegar à essa conclusão […]

On why I hate the news

The New York Times subsists on, and sells, a toxic brew of incompetence, arrogance, and bad faith. Incompetence: this is a near-universal of journalism, seems like the nature of the thing. To understand, try this exercise. Keep your eyes open for newspaper and magazine articles on things you have direct personal knowledge of – things you actually saw […]

Procreation and Suicide

On the pressing issue of suicide among the youth, I have already seen too many posts and comments all over the web to the effect that once a person knows/accept that history/others’ experiences point to the fact that parents almost never “move on” with their lives following a kid’s suicide he should not consider suicide […]

Theory of Instruction

There can be real science behind Education. Ziegfried Engelmann’s followers (or: enthusiasts of his work) and collaborators would even say that education is a solved problem[1]. What follows is based mainly on the first chapter of Engelman’s “Theory of Instruction”, first published in 1982 – a dry theoretical tome I’m actually still reading. The Theory […]