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Response to Elizabeth Kolbert, psychologist, in her New Yorker article Feb, 2017.

“The Enigma of Reason,” “The Knowledge Illusion,” and “Denying to the Grave” were all written (Elizabeth Kolbert), before the November election. And yet they anticipate Kellyanne Conway and the rise of “alternative facts.” These days, it can feel as if the entire country has been given over to a vast psychological experiment being run either by no one or by Steve Bannon (emphais ed.). Rational agents would be able to think their way to a solution. But, on this matter, the literature is not reassuring. ♦

“This is how a community of knowledge (emphasis ed.) can become dangerous,” Sloman and Fernbach observe.

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My response to Ms Kolbert:

Do you not see that this thought takes your discussion dangerously close to sociology and culture and sliding away from psychology? (“vast psychological experiment”)               It sounds like you do but how is the ‘academic psychology community’ taking this?

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Submission to Let’s Get Wellington Moving

These paragraphs were used in creating my submission (on their form) to the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project.

Scenario A is the place to start and finish. Getting people onto public transport is the top priority.  Providing better public transport must happen.  Light Rail would be the centre of those improvements.   This should be referred to as “Scenario A+”. Read the rest of this entry »


Response to Scoop article on public transport in Wellington.

Keep in mind that the GWRC has majority suburb (Hutt, Kapiti) membership.  Cr Donaldson is anathema to Wellington and should be sacked for the vandalism she has led, but she is representing the suburbs not Wellington.  The burbs are pressing their resentment at Wellington City being a hindrance to them getting to the airport easily.  Mayor Lester should take the lead in fighting back but seems to be acting more a regional mayor than a Wellington mayor.


Response on Scoop article by Infratil on bus tendering and driver wages and conditions in Wellington

One must always bring the Regional Council into the forefront of this type of discussion.  Note that the Regional Council is dominated by the suburbs, generally known as The Hutt and Kapiti, but most transport issues involve Wellington City which is in the minority at the Regional Council.  The Regional Council has been out to get the City for some time because – well, we all know why but it is a taboo subject to actually mention in polite political discussions.


Correspondence with my friend Mike in Columbus, Ohio

(from Mike) – I am anxious to hear about your elections and the new PM. She sounds like someone you would have supported. What is your perspective? Read the rest of this entry »


response to Lindsay Shelton on Scoop

Labour claims to be planet friendly, but what will be their policies and projects which get funded?  Good to remind them of that responsibility.

I notice a few comments on transfers.  Transfers would ideally be kept to a minimum and could be accomplished if routes were retained, looking at light rail as being an addition to the system and less as a replacement.


Response to Kathryn Ryan’s interview about criminal rehabilitation through environmental projects (04/10).

Hi Kathryn,

The use of environmental projects to assist in criminal rehabilitation is an interesting one. Read the rest of this entry »