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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 »


Car parking on Crawford Road Kilbirnie needs another look

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

11 December, 2017

Dear Editor:

Crawford Road is the main road between Kilbirnie and Newtown. Bus and other traffic relies on that route.  It seems time to reconsider whether car parking is a good idea on Crawford Road.  As transport in Wellington is re-invented for the future there may a better combination of facilities on Crawford Road in which there are fewer of no car parks.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 18/01/18


Last letter to Wellingtonian

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

08 December, 2017

 Dear Editor:

 It’s a sad day that the Wellingtonian is ceasing publication.. But the best part of it went out earlier this year when the Letters to Editor section was dropped.  Subjects which the readership wants to bring up will generally be the most stimulating and useful for democracy.  We are living in a time when it is most important to bring new perspectives into the conversation because the world has changed fundamentally. Read the rest of this entry »


Wellingtonians for Non-Ridiculous Transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

28 November, 2017

Dear Editor:

It was satisfying to see the cover report in Cook Strait News on some down to earth common sense (Wellingtonians for Non-Ridiculous Transport, 23 Nov). Read the rest of this entry »


The new Labour Government and North Korea / Trump-Land

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

20 November, 2017

Dear Editor:

It is shocking, if not surprizing, that the new Labour government has indicated they might participate in a military option against North Korea while talking gingerly around the issue. 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.