In Defense of Baseball: Adam Gopnik Replies

May 11, 2010

As a book critic, I make it a policy never to reply publicly to letters or comments about my columns and essays. As it turns out, my friend and colleague Adam Gopnik has always held strictly to the same rule. Now, however, because, he says, “baseball is different,” Adam has kindly elected to continue our […]

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The Honest Liar, Episode #11

May 7, 2010

Deirdre Barrett talks about supernormal stimuli, which are exaggerated versions of natural stimuli to which there are existing instinctual responses. She discusses how our evolved instincts are overwhelmed by technological advances and other facets of modern society. She explores how pornography, unhealthy diets, and even the quest for nuclear energy as opposed to wind or […]

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Edward Tufte

March 11, 2010

My friend, information design maestro Edward Tufte, is in the news: How Master Information Designer Edward Tufte Can Help Obama Govern Edward tells me that “The internet stories greatly over-estimate the possible results of my work,” but I know the nature of Edward’s patient and powerful commitment to principle and ideas, and I suspect – […]

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