Sunday, April 07, 2013

Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon

A few weeks ago I had a training in communication at work. The most memorable parts were about active listening and I-messages. They are also covered in the first chapters of Parent Effectiveness Training - I guess it is not a coincidence. I loved that book - if we believe in democracy then we should not teach our children that coercion is the way to resolve conflicts.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

I've finished "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don't" by Nate Silver. It was a good read - a systematic introduction to making statistics based predictions, easy to follow and quite interesting.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Why Aaron Swartz is my hero

Morozov recently so described internet activism:
This lack of curiosity about how the world works is the most pernicious feature of Internet-centrism. Armed with the Internet, its proponents do not much care about the larger objective of their reform. They prefer to notice only those elements amenable to Internet interventions and discard all others.
Compare that with Swartz book reviews. I wish in the Pirate Parties there were people like Swartz.