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Experts and Cause-and-Effect

January 30, 2010 by


Ever since I’ve been arguing on basketball message boards, I’ve always argued about the causes for the Bulls losing games.  However, it seemed like no matter the outcome, message board posters were citing the same exact causes they were citing every single game, though in varying degrees. This got me interested in the exploring how […]

Learning in High School

January 27, 2010 by


As I was sitting in the Cahuenga library, I was observing a cauldron of tutors working one-on-one with students. One of the pairs was a UCLA student and a high school student in algebra. The UCLA student, a tall, charismatic Latino dude who looks like Antonio Villaraigosa’s football-playing son, if Villaraigosa wanted to have a […]

Ethical Dilemma on the Street

January 26, 2010 by


On a personal/professional note, in addition to editing Mestizo Revelations, I am now focusing my writing efforts on Social Policy in Los Angeles for the LA Examiner, and will probably do so for the next few months. Anyhow, I have a dilemma for people to help figure out with me. The dilemma is whether or […]

What Knowledge Needs to be Embodied, and What Knowledge can be Outsourced to Technology

January 19, 2010 by


Bastard, you took this idea and this idea.* Back in May, I wrote about how we in the globally urbanized American culture have “outsourced” a lot of our knowledge from our bodies to technologies.  With that “outsourcing” to technologies, those technologies become “extensions of our minds.” I’ve been struck by how we continually outsource our […]

How I Remember and How She Remembers

January 16, 2010 by


Memory is a metaphor needed by a ‘handicapped‘ observer who cannot see a complete system…” (Ashby, 1956: 115) – by GC Bowker, Memory Practices in the Sciences An erudite way to say that the more talented you are, the less tools you need.  The more talented you are as an observer, the less you need […]

Metaphors and Decisionmaking

January 14, 2010 by


Cogito, ergo sum doesn’t just mean “I think therefore I am.” It means, “I shake things up, therefore I am.” The TED video below is of James Geary speaking about metaphors. I got off of My Mind on Books. I was drooling over this quote: “We can never ignore the metaphorical meanings of words.” This […]

Social Infrastructure of White Privilege and Bike Lanes

January 12, 2010 by


I felt very aware of my race and ethnicity almost all the time during my most formative years. I knew that I was Filipino before I began going to the “puti” high school. It was going to be different from the more homely Filipino-dominated grade school. I knew that I was one of only a […]