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#072: Geekery!!!

November 14th, 2009 by Mary Leong

Currently listening to: “Ordinary Day” – Great Big Sea

This is what’s up.

November 20, 2009 – Philip Zimbardo at UBC!!!!!!!!

Cue excited arm-flailing, incoherent exclamation allsorts, unsuspecting roommates being biffed over the head with copies of his book, et cetera. You might know him as the man behind the Stanford Prison Experiment, and the narrator of the educational television series, Discovering Psychology. For the record, I’m only mildly obsessed with his book, The Lucifer Effect – an absolutely brilliant discussion of his experiment, accompanied by an almost-philosophical musing upon the goodness and evil humans have a capacity for. All in all, a rather fascinating, albeit disconcerting read.

The Lucifer Effect

…and that is my book update for the moment; I’ve been falling behind on my literary recommendations, mea culpa. But really, would anyone listen if I tossed out recommendations for books on the World Bank and IMF?

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  • 1 Tyler Nov 14, 2009 at 9:24 am

    I’d probably check out the books eventually :P

  • 2 Mary Leong Nov 14, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    @Tyler: I knew you’d cave! By the way, I am muchly missing your book recommendations too.

  • 3 Eastwood Nov 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I scheduled his visit into my calendar back in September. I’ll see you there!

  • 4 Mary Leong Nov 16, 2009 at 12:43 am

    @Eastwood: Excitement!! I am ridiculously stoked for this. Bringing the book and everything. Eeeee!

  • 5 Eastwood Nov 17, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Don’t forget about his Ted Talk (I’ll carry my intro psyc/soci texts!) ;)