EXTREME IRONING

Lynne Kiesling I’m glad that Eugene Volokh is so intrigued by extreme ironing, and it tickles me because the KP Spouse bought the Extreme Ironing 2005 Wall Calendar before Christmas. It’s a riot! Sadly for me, he took it to work. … More EXTREME IRONING

UPCOMING DEADLINE FOR IHS SEMINARS

Lynne Kiesling An offer for all students and recent graduates: The Institute for Humane Studies offers fantastic and free week-long seminars during the summer. Topics range from Environment & Society to Liberty, Art & Culture. I strongly encourage you to attend if you are looking for a week of brain candy, with great lectures, conversations … More UPCOMING DEADLINE FOR IHS SEMINARSMore UPCOMING DEADLINE FOR IHS SEMINARS

EXECRABLE

Lynne Kiesling Today’s word from A Word A Day is one of my favorites: execrable (EK-si-kruh-buhl) adjective Detestable; wretched. [From Middle English, from Latin execrabilis (accursed), from execrari (to curse), from ex- + sacrare (to consecrate). Ultimately from Indo-European root sak- (to sanctify) that is also the source of other words such as saint, consecrate, … More EXECRABLEMore EXECRABLE

RUSS ROBERTS AND BARRY SCHWARTZ ON CHOICE

Lynne Kiesling Russ Roberts was just on NPR with Barry Schwartz, the “choice is debilitating” Swarthmore psychologist. In his gentle, intellectual, nonconfrontational way, Russ spanked him. Russ’s arguments were a powerful combination of focus on the positive and focus on the core, essential point: individuals should always ask themselves “who gets to choose for me?” … More RUSS ROBERTS AND BARRY SCHWARTZ ON CHOICEMore RUSS ROBERTS AND BARRY SCHWARTZ ON CHOICE