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Month: March 2010

My Norwescon schedule

Friday, 1:00 p.m., Evergreen 1 Are Vampires Just for Tweens? Friday, 3:00 p.m., Cascade 10 Did the Revolution of the `60s Succeed? Friday, 10:00 p.m., Cascade 4 Zombies: How Do They Happen? Saturday, 11:00 a.m., Cascade 5 Old-Fashioned Horror Saturday, 8:00- 10:00 p.m., Evergreen 2 Talebones Live! Saturday, 10:00 p.m., Cascade 8 Voodoo Science

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Going naked

Back during the Clinton years (remember those?) when Democrats failed to pass "Hillarycare," Paul and I had a debate with my parents about health care reform. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Clinton plan, I thought it was weak and vague. But the conflict with my parents wasn’t about the specifics of that plan, per se. It was really more about whether some kind of sweeping health care insurance reform was needed at all. Their attitude seemed to be: they had good insurance (through Boeing) and didn’t see the need for a change and were afraid that any change…

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Depression theories

I was interested in this article, which is about the pet theory Andy Thomson (psychiatrist at the University of Virginia) has that there is overall an evolutionary advantage to depression: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/magazine/28depression-t.html?pagewanted=1&em Like most evolutionary psychology theories, it has some interesting stuff but a strong whiff of just-so story about it. (The article writer even uses the phrase “just-so story,” which makes me happy.) The part I was most suspicious of was his attempt to find an evolutionary advantage to the worst and most severe symptoms of depression — you know, the can’t-get-out-of-bed kind. Oh, it give you time alone to…

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