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Five takeaways from Michelle Obama's new memoir, Becoming | US news | The Guardian
Michelle Obama
The former first lady recalls falling in love with Barack and reveals their darkest hour in the White House

Michelle Obama reveals dread of Trump and how news cycle ‘turns her stomach’
Read an exclusive extract from Becoming

David Smith in Washington

Tue 13 Nov 2018 00.37 GMT Last modified on Tue 13 Nov 2018 15.23 GMT

Michelle Obama on being the first African American first lady: ‘I was ‘other’ almost by default.’ Photograph: Teresa Crawford/AP
In her memoir, Becoming, Michelle Obama:

Recalls falling in love with Barack Obama. At first she was sceptical of the local hype around him. “In my experience, you put a suit on any half-intelligent black man and white people tended to go bonkers.” His photo had a “whiff of geekiness”, she noted, but once she got to know him, she was attracted to “this strange mix-of-everything man” and felt “a toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder”.
guardian  USA  book  review 
1 hour ago by ndf
Norms in the Wild - Paperback - Cristina Bicchieri - Oxford University Press
The philosopher Cristina Bicchieri here develops her theory of social norms, most recently explained in her 2006 volume The Grammar of Society. Bicchieri challenges many of the fundamental assumptions of the social sciences. She argues that when it comes to human behavior, social scientists place too much stress on rational deliberation. In fact, many choices occur without much deliberation at all. Bicchieri's theory accounts for these automatic components of behavior, where individuals react automatically to cues--those cues often pointing to the social norms that govern our choices in a social world

Bicchieri's work has broad implications not only for understanding human behavior, but for changing it for better outcomes. People have a strong conditional preference for following social norms, but that also means manipulating those norms (and the underlying social expectations) can produce beneficial behavioral changes. Bicchieri's recent work with UNICEF has explored the applicability of her views to issues of human rights and well-being. Is it possible to change social expectations around forced marriage, genital mutilations, and public health practices like vaccinations and sanitation? If so, how? What tools might we use? This short book explores how social norms work, and how changing them--changing preferences, beliefs, and especially social expectations--can potentially improve lives all around the world.

--To-do: compare with Ullmann-Margalit's work. Don't remember the exact connections...
book  norms  dynamics  social_behavior  homophily  contagion  social_influence  networks  social_networks  teaching 
3 hours ago by rvenkat
Physically Based Rendering: From Theory to Implementation
Online version of the 3rd edition of Physically Based Rendering
book  3d  graphics 
4 hours ago by PeterErwin
The Life Cycle of Disability in Ancient Greece
I demonstrate that far from being ejected from their families or communities, disabled ancient Greeks were integrated where they could be and accommodated where they couldn’t. I highlight, for example, the ways that parents and midwives assisted infants who were born with conditions like cleft palate, as well as military exemptions for disabled adult men in 4th century BCE Athens. I emphasize how individuals with a variety of somatic realities participated and engaged in their communities. By removing disability from a biomedical frame of reference, with its attendant prejudices and estimations of ability predicated on modern modes of production and interaction, and re-locating it to an active, social context, I demonstrate the contingent and constructed nature of disability and resist generalizations about the universal plight of the disabled in the past.
disability  history  book 
7 hours ago by ablerism
5th Edition of The Lie Behind the Lie Detector Released is pleased to announce the release of the 5th edition of The Lie Behind the Lie Detector. This is the first new edition in 13 years.

Here's what's new:

Previous editions were typeset on a pre-OS X Macintosh computer using software that is now obsolete; thus, the entire book has been redesigned (albeit with a familiar format) on Apple Pages, with a new font. The redesign was a lot of work, but it will make more frequent updates easier in the future;
All of the previous black and white illustrations have been replaced with newer, color ones;
We suggest that applicants for federal positions that require polygraph screening withdraw their applications and not submit to any federal pre-employment polygraph "test." We used to limit this advice to the FBI. We now extend it to all federal agencies;
On the topic of polygraph countermeasures, we no longer suggest making any "throwaway" admissions and instead suggest to make no post-"test" admission(s) of any sort;
We have added to Chapter 4 a brief section on Operation Lie Busters, a federal criminal investigation that targeted polygraph countermeasure instructors for entrapment;
In addition to PDF format, EPUB (suitable for reading in Apple's iBooks or any EPUB reader on iOS or Android) and MOBI (Amazon Kindle) versions are now available. Note that by choice, The Lie Behind the Lie Detector is not available for sale on Amazon. All versions of our book are freely available here.
book  ebook 
8 hours ago by fozbaca

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