2. How we decide is this week’s pop book about thinking. I really liked Jonah’s last book about art prefiguring discoveries of the mind. This one seems a little more procedural (You can make better decisions too!) and Gladwellesque, but still some great nuggets. My favorite is his reminder that “Herbert Simon, the Nobel Prize-winning psychologist, famously compared our mind to a pair of scissors. One blade, he said, represented the brain. The other blade was the specific environment in which our brain was operating. If you want to understand the function of scissors, Simon said, then you have to look at both blades simultaneously.”
4. When I was a kid we used to grab some newspaper, heat up the iron (not very much), cut some garbage bags, and iron them together into biodomes, and habitrail passages that would snake throughout the first floor of our house, inflated by a box fan and our seemingly endless desire to see if we could make a world out of ideas. This reminds me of the joy of ironing and the wonders of air.
BigmanJapan looks appropriately odd.