Women are more likely to be lied to at the negotiation table
Women are more likely to be lied to at the negotiation table, according to a recent study led by UC Berkeley researchers at the Haas School of Business. The study, published online July 14, determined that women are more likely to be lied to than men from a series of face-to-face negotiations among about 300 MBA students at Haas.…The cultural stereotype is that women are “too nice” to accuse someone of lying, but the study found that whether or not women were lied to was rooted in how their competence was perceived by their negotiating partner, [lead researcher] Kray said. [more inside]
“He’s treating them like street punks, and they view themselves as captains of industry.”
The most exciting article you will read all year about frog genitals, the FDA, and an eccentric
, larger-than-life UC Berkeley scientist navigating class and culture issues while being psychologically profiled and pursued by a pesticide
giant he's locked himself into mortal combat with for the last decade.
"During his days as Harvard’s influential president, Dr. Charles W. Eliot made a frequent assertion: If you were to spend just 15 minutes a day reading the right books, a quantity that could fit on a five-foot shelf, you could give yourself a proper liberal education. Publisher P. F. Collier and Son
loved the idea and asked Eliot to compile and edit the right collection of works. The result: a 51-volume series of classic works from world literature published in 1909 called Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf
, which would later be called The Harvard Classics
." (Via) [more inside]
The oldest known recording of American voice has been restored and replayed for the first time in over 100 years.
Dating to June 22, 1878, the recording was made for an early Edison phonograph on tin foil which had become too fragile and torn to play back. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory optically scanned
the foil and developed a program to replay it digitally. [more inside]
Legendary architect-philosopher Christopher Alexander delivers a fascinating lecture at Berkeley
, in which he criticizes "modular" design and offers a radical new vision of architecture's relation to nature. Alexander is best known for A Pattern Language
, which aimed to make buildings and towns more "alive" through a series of pleasing and comfortable patterns (five sample patterns can be found here
). His most recent work, the four-part The Nature of Order
, theorizes that life, whether organic or inorganic, emerges from a single simple process, which can be found on page 4 of Amazon's preview of the third volume
. In the first volume Alexander lists fifteen properties
that make a structure whole. Also worth reading: Alexander's classic essay A City is not a Tree
- free, online, introductory- to upper-undergraduate level classes in a wide variety of subjects, led by instructors from Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and the University of Pennsylvania
On May 7th, Robert Krulwich
(of WNYC's RadioLab
and accompanying NPR blog Krulwich Wonders
) gave the commencement speech to Berkeley Journalism School’s Class of 2011 on the future of journalism
. (Via) [more inside]
Hate Man. "How a New York Times reporter dropped out and became a hate evangelist in Berkeley." [more inside]
"We don't use the word 'vagina'. Because, it's the Latin word for 'sheath'. Yes, as in a sword.
(Somewhat NSFW) Virgie Tovar
, the writer, blogger, sexuality educator and academic looks at UC Berkeley's Female Sexuality class and asks whether one class can change the way women see their bodies and their educational experience. More on DeCal
at UC Berkeley.
: "When UC Berkeley officials came up with the idea of asking all new students to volunteer a DNA swab as part of an unusual fall orientation program, they expected to stimulate discussion. They weren't quite prepared for how much."
Inside Higher Ed: "Unwinding Berkeley's DNA Test
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have been able to confirm the production of the superheavy element 114, ten years after a group in Russia, at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, first claimed to have made it. The search for 114 has long been a key part of the quest for nuclear science’s hoped-for Island of Stability. [more inside]
Adam Kimmel shares a video of a couple of sane and sedate
runs down Claremont Avenue in Berkeley, California. (The likely route
The Doll Games emerged in Berkeley, California, at a time when race, gender, politics, and sexuality were fiercely and publicly debated... The Doll Games held up a funhouse mirror to their times, and what survives of them are historical documents of a wobbly, comical sort. But the Doll Games transcend their epoch. Intricate, obsessional, moral, violent and sexual, funny and tragic... Obedient to no rules except those its practitioners invented for themselves, completely collaborative, the Doll Games defined a truly interactive art form. In this theater of two, every audience member was a co-creator. [some text and pics NSFW]
“You could almost see their dicks getting hard as they got new ideas."
A Vanity Fair
reporter investigates the chain of command that tossed out the Geneva Conventions and instituted coercive interrogation techniques -- some might call them torture or even war crimes
-- in Bush's Global War on Terror. UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo's now-obsolete 81-page memo to the Pentagon in 2003 [available as PDFs here and here
] was crucial, offering a broad range of legal justifications and deniability for disregarding international law in the name of "self-defense."
that Yoo was just making "a clear point about the limits of Congress to intrude on the executive branch in its exercise of duties as Commander in Chief." [previously here
Founded in Berkeley by artist Jim Mason
, The Shipyard
, a collaborative industrial arts space constructed from recycled shipping containers, has hosted numerous large-scale projects and events including a Survival Research Labs show
, Power Tool Drag Races
experiments and workshops, and various large-scale Burning Man projects such as 2005's Clockworks
. Short documentary here
(quicktime). However, relations with the city of Berkeley have been consistently tense
. Recently, the city shut off the Shipyard's power, to which the Shipyard responded by going off grid
. On May 8, Berkeley issued 3-day vacate and abate notice, with which the Shipyard is attempting
Physics for Future Presidents
is a class taught at UC Berkeley by Physics professor Richard Muller. It's a class specifically for non-physics majors and teaches the real world results of the sometimes impenetrable math involved in university physics. After every lecture, you should come away with the feeling that what was just covered is important for every world leader to know.
I just sat through the entire hour and 13 minute nukes
lecture and was riveted.
Curious about what a college class in Anatomy and Physiology is like?
Here's Berkeley's version on Google Video, complete with adorable professor with a great collection of colorful scarfs.
via Nurse Sean
For Orthodox Jewish mothers with small children, the Shabbat
can be challenging
. The answer, for many communities, is the establishment of an eruv
(discussed previously here
, in passing). This San Francisco Chronicle article
details the history behind Berkeley, California's unique instance
. This isn't the first time an eruv
has been attempted in the Bay Area: the failed effort to create one in Palo Alto was covered by the Chronicle
, as well as the Jewish News Weekly
. Berkeley isn't the only United States city with an eruv
—the Boston eruv
maintains a large list of domestic and international eruvim
—nor is it the city with the most unusual eruv
, or even the largest
. Inevitably, perhaps, there's a blog
entirely dedicated to the subject of eruvim
, and vigorous commentary
on the subject from several others
The Online Archive of California
brings together historical materials from a variety of state institutions
, including museums, historical societies, and archives. These materials include letters, legal documents, manuscripts, works of art, diaries, and historical photographs. Thousands of photographs
the Bancroft Library
at Berkeley: Artistic homes, 1887-1890
, agricultural laborers, 1906-1911
, the San Francisco earthquake and fire
, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge
, San Quentin Prison
, and war relocation camps
. And that's barely scratching the surface.
Channel 4's 100 Greatest War Films
as voted for by their (generally more clued-up than average) viewership has plenty for you to disagree with, but much to recommend. Filmsite.org has a history of war films
(as does Berkeley
) for the completists among you. There are more war films from and about Vietnam
than you can shake a bayonet at (see also the 1999 NYT article, Apocalypse Then: Vietnam Marketing War Films
to learn a little about the Vietnamese government's 1960s and 70s archive of war film). The [British] national archives have archived film from pre-WWI to the Cold War
Fossil records show Biodiversity comes and goes
in a 62 million year cycle
. The analysis, performed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UBC, has withstood thorough testing so that confidence in the results is above 99-percent.
The Birdhouse Man of Berkeley
builds birdhouses from scrap wood, license plates, doorknobs, and other assorted items. SFGate article
"There is a time
when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part
; and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop
How Berkeley Can You Be Parade?
NSFW (unless your work doesn't mind naked men strutting their stuff).
Found during my surf after the debate last night and well worth a peek, the outraged commentary is pretty funny but it might be lost on the intolerant or those who've never been out to visit Berkeley. Among the pics is this true, true gem
(Klingons do NOT ride in golf carts, not even fat Klingons!)
Getting back into the groove
: In the corner of a California university laboratory, two men are battling against time to perfect a machine that will read old recordings - using special microscopes to scan the grooves - and software that can convert those shapes into sound. Their work could bring history to life.
George Lakoff tells how conservatives use language to dominate politics
"Why do conservatives appear to be so much better at framing? - Because they've put billions of dollars into it
. Over the last 30 years their think tanks have made a heavy investment in ideas and in language. In 1970, [Supreme Court Justice] Lewis Powell wrote a fateful memo
to the National Chamber of Commerce....He outlined the whole thing in 1970. They set up the Heritage Foundation in 1973" "So if you go on Fox News....and the question is, 'Are you in favor of the President’s tax relief program or are you against it?' -- it doesn't matter what you say. If you say, 'I’m against tax relief,' you're still evoking that framing. you're still in their frame..."
"George Lakoff, a professor of linguistics and cognitive science at the University of California Berkeley, is a specialist in the technique of "framing," a communication tool that creates a "frame" for a message that defines the terms of the debate." (Interview with Lakoff
gets the ball to the 18-yard line. Mark Harmon (not that Mark Harmon...
) kicks the field goal to bring his team one point ahead with 4 seconds left on the clock. Kevin Moen
catches the ball on the return kick, laterals to Richard Rodgers
, who laterals to Dwight Garner
. Garner laterals back to Rogers who then shovels the ball to Mariet Ford
. Ford then passes back to Moen, who finishes what he started by tackling trombonist Gary Tyrrell
in the end zone. So ends the 1982 "Big Game" between UC Berkeley and Stanford. So begins the legend of the weirdest play in the history of college football
, complete with audio
Images of Native Americans,
from UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library, is comprehensive online exhibit of over 400 years of text and images of Native American history. [via a Berkleyan article that has sample images and more info]
The Conceptual Metaphor Home Page
at Berkeley offers a fascinating compilation of the metaphors underlying our everyday speech, such as Fear is Cold
, Facts Are Points
, Money is a Liquid
, and Sexuality is an Offensive Weapon
Tautology isn't just a good idea, it's also the law.
From the "Berkeley Sure Is Nutty" Department: "In a philosophical effort to come up with a city law that no one could ever break, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats wants Berkeley to legally acknowledge Aristotle's law, commonly expressed as A=A."
The SF Chron's big Sunday story
is a very timely and huge package about a Republican Governor who went on to become president cooperating with overzealous intelligence agencies to quash dissent. Revelations: Reagan plotted with the FBI against the President of UC-Berkeley, he wanted to mount "psychological warfare campaign
" and the old rumor about Reagan getting some fellow Hollywood artists blacklisted turns out to be true. Synposis
Online Audio Recordings: UC Berkeley Lectures and Events
Including speeches by James Baldwin, Walter Blum, Malcolm X, and Noam Chomsky, to name a few.
Man, I need to go back to college!
Berkeley students go to strip clubs and play "The Match Game" in a male sexuality class.
Roboflies. Microbugs. Mesicopters.
No need for a missile defense shield
after all. The future of military defese technology lies with MIT, Berkeley, Stanford, and the US Defense Department. Gives new meaning to the word entomophobia.
, in the wake of the extreme leftist views expressed by the inhabitants of the California town, some are calling for the boycott of the boycotters. I find this ironic and extremely funny. If Berkeley doesn't want to support the US then the US shouldn't support them. (Via OpinionJournal)
Berkeley does it again...
The Berkeley City Council is considering condemning the US attacks on Afganistan as acts of terrorism. The best quote: "Berkeley has always been an island of sanity in terms of the war madness that has prevailed in this country," Spring said. "The U.S. is now a terrorist. According to the Taliban these are terrorist attacks."
(Via the WSJ Opinion Page
These planets are big
Perhaps they are populated by a species of supergiants!