Monthly Archives: February 2016

Entertainment’s Whitewash

But not so invisible  The crowd cheered when the speaker slammed the entertainment industry, charging that, when Americans tune into television, they see a “virtual whitewash in programming.” The timing was perfect: lack of diversity in entertainment programs was high … Continue reading


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Landmark Judgment Returns Bones to Tribes

California Kumeyaay Win the Dispute  The US Supreme Court has declined to weigh in on a lower court ruling that will, in effect, allow ancient bones to be returned to American Indians in California. The judgment means a landmark legal decision … Continue reading

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Politics, Trump and the Black Swan

Insanity Diagnosis Politics, Trump and the Black Swan I wrote recently about how the metaphor of The Black Swan—not the film but the metaphor in decision-making—describes how random events rivet our attention. Writer and scholar N. N. Taleb notes The … Continue reading

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Zika Virus: The New Black Swan

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish A new fever is helping us examine how human foibles frame our behavior. I’ve just read about The Black Swan—not the film—but the rare event that startles us and captures our attention. Like a car-wreck, our … Continue reading

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