Nation of Beancounters


Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on August 3, 2014


Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on February 24, 2013

1. The downside of police sensitivity to women’s issues. Trade-offs everywhere.

2. Scambaiting.

3. How does the language you speak affect the way you think?

4. Rituals and bonding.

5. A portrait of Napolean Chagon, controversial anthropologist. “Indiana Jones has nothing on me.” Also, the portrait of a discipline under postmodernism. And people wonder why we use so much math!

A puzzle for post-modern cultural theorists

Posted in Culture by Navin Kumar on January 17, 2013

Why don’t real life New York Chinese restaurants look like the ones you see in movies?

This is a Hollywood Chinese restaurant:

Hollywood Restaurant

This is a real Chinese restaurant:

Real Restaurant

Why isn’t life imitating art? Why isn’t the portrayal of restaurants in movies affecting the construction of restaurants in real life? Is it that these effects are stochastic, and might or might not happen? Or is there some threshold of over the top restaurant portrayal that must occur before these effects start becoming obvious? Please drop your answers in the comments.

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