A story from @transpositions on #RoyalWedding memorabilia

Read the story here. An extract: I start with the obvious. Memorabilia primarily serves as an aid to remembering. I start here because memorabilia is often judged as being aesthetically deficient, which then levies judgment upon the person who purchased the item. Rather, an item’s capacity to call up memories of an event, a shared moment, or a life-changing experience is surely its purpose and how it should be considered. For example, the screen-printed tea…

Imitation of life: plaything promises to offer insight into stereotyping

With a fascination for identify, I found this story fascinating: Matthew Reisz reports on an old parlour game that has become an innovative research method. Researchers at Cardiff University believe that a new version of an old parlour game can provide us, for the first time, with a tool to "quantify cultural understanding". In the Imitation Game, a man and a woman leave a room and respond in writing to a series of questions. People…

The Psychology of Facebook

"Given the online forum of Facebook to create whatever public persona you'd like, it would seem logical that people might portray an idealized version of themselves—putting up their most attractive photos, editing down their thoughts to the most clever and pithy before posting them in a status update, carefully choosing favorite books and movies to portray a certain sophistication. Not so, say researchers from the University of Texas at Austin. Instead of using Facebook to…

[BOOK REVIEW] Don Matzat, Christ Esteem: Where the Search for Self-Esteem Ends, 1990

Simply, this extract: The Christian’s Personal Identity I believe that in Christ Jesus my sins have been fully and freely forgiven, and I am a new creation. I have died with Christ to my old identity in Adam. I have been raised with Christ to a new life. I am seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. God has given me the full righteousness of Jesus Christ. I am joined with angels, archangels, and…