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An amazing moment in the history of the USA

All morning I've been receiving emails from my friends around the world congratulating me on the election of Barack Obama as the next President.


This truly is a wondrous moment in American history. To see that chart of past Presidents that Brian Williams was holding up last night, with 43 white faces, and to think the next face on that chart will be Obama's, is truly remarkable.

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Trying to perceive things that aren't true

David Brooks in today's NYT : "My sense is that this financial crisis is going to amount to a coming-out party for behavioral economists and others who are bringing sophisticated psychology to the realm of public policy. At least these folks have plausible explanations for why so many people could have been so gigantically wrong about the risks they were taking.

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Crossing over

Eric Hirshberg in the Huffington Post: "There are a number of people in my life -- some family, some friends, some colleagues -- with whom I have never agreed upon anything political. Ever. These are my political opposites. My bizarre-o twins. And they have been my adversaries in countless debates; the kind nobody ever wins, but nobody ever seems to tire of, either.

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Early hormone exposure and later political inclinations

Olivia Judson in the NYT: "First, according to a report published last month in the journal Science, strong political views are correlated with distinct physiological responses to startling noises and threatening images. Specifically, the study found that people who support warrantless searches, wiretapping, military spending and so on were also likely to startle at sudden noises and threatening images. Read more about Early hormone exposure and later political inclinations

Ideology > facts

Jonathan M. Gitlin on Ars Technica: "We like to think that people will be well informed before making important decisions, such as who to vote for, but the truth is that's not always the case. Being uninformed is one thing, but having a population that's actively misinformed presents problems when it comes to participating in the national debate, or the democratic process. Read more about Ideology > facts

How to stop it

Via my good friend Sanjana, some observations from Jonathan Zittrain's new book The Future of the Internet (and How to Stop It): "Though these two inventions—iPhone and Apple II—were launched by the same man, the revolutions that they inaugurated are radically different. For the technology that each inaugurated is radically different. The Apple II was quintessentially generative technology. It was a platform. It invited people to tinker with it. Read more about How to stop it


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