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On Looking (Alexandra Horowitz)

Sometimes you can be around something so often you stop seeing it. The opposite can be true as well: you’re expecting to find something, so your senses focus on that something and you miss everything else. How can you be … Continue reading

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The Emerging 2.0 World: Three Book Reviews

I usually review one book at a time in this blog. Not today. These three excellent books go so well together that I can’t help sharing them all at once. Each one examines an aspect of the web 2.0* social … Continue reading

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Come On People (Bill Cosby)

The Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s went a long way toward assuring black equality under the law. So why does actual success elude many African Americans more than forty years later? Racism may still be a factor, … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Crowds (James Surowiecki)

This book is a few years old now, and I read it some 18 months ago, but I want to include my review here since the intriguing concept persists in sociology and culture. What a curious phrase is “wisdom of … Continue reading

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