Sunday, February 14, 2010

Is There a Physiology of Politics?

Reading Kristoff's blog, I was struck by how common it is for people to dismiss culture. Regardless of ingrained and hard-wired proclivities, Americans needs to look outside their own sphere, specifically Europe, to see how things could be different. The right-wing extremism of Americans, albeit related to inherited characteristics, has a particular flavor, driven by policies and media, and an outgrowth of our peculiar history. The specific attitudes are not hard-wired.

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A Journey — if You Dare — Into the Minds of Silicon Valley Programmers

My responses in a NY Times comment section for the book, Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World by Clive Thompson ...