Monthly Archives: July 2015

Improv and Interviews

This is an easy one: “How does improv help you in job interviews?” Duh. We live in a culture that values authenticity and self-actualization, but expects people to also serve as disposable parts of faceless corporate machines. And that’s OK. … Continue reading

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Opinions, Judgements and the Bayesian Revolution

This article on what it means to “have an opinion” is not bad, but it muddles two fundamentally different types of “opinion” and as such fails to get at the root of the problem, and misses important ideas about diversity … Continue reading

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The Mutant Flowers of Fukushima

This picture of deformed flowers near Fukushima is making the rounds today, and I figured it was worth commenting on it. I am physicist who has worked fairly heavily in radiation transport and health physics, as well as genomics. It’s … Continue reading

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Narrative Predictions

The human brain is a machine for leaping to conclusions in a single bound. Activists and political agitators of every stripe use this to promote their nonsense by putting together narratives that appeal to our conclusion-jumping reflex. “Chemicals” are frequently … Continue reading

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Fear and Vulnerability in Improv

The title is a half-nod to Hunter S. Thompson, I guess, because there was no loathing involved. I’ve just completed a two day gym at the Improv Comedy Institute on Granville Island with Janet Davidson of the Second City Training … Continue reading

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Partisan Politics and Confirmation Bias

As wildfires burn in the Canadian province of British Columbia, partisans made a fuss about why the provincial premier isn’t front-and-centre responding to the disaster: Issues once #FindChristyClark locates her: Transit vote, Fires – MARS, Drought – salmon, Health firings, … Continue reading

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The Word vs The World

I’ve made the mistake of arguing with scripturalists recently, and while this won’t convince them of anything it’ll reduce my motivation to engage with them in future because there’ll be no point in just repeating what I’ve said here, which … Continue reading

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Scattered Thoughts on Greece

I had my own reasons for hoping Greece would vote ‘yes’, but that’s not what happened. Given how nonsensical the whole thing is I’m wondering if this is the most likely scenario: “Granddad, how did World War III start?” “Well, … Continue reading

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Improv Game: Absent Friend

Carrie and I were talking about funerals and improv games yesterday and came up with the seed of this idea, which I’ve further embellished. I think very slowly and writing the idea out like this helps clarify it in my … Continue reading

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