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At TEDxSF – Neuroscience and willpower

November 13th, 2009, 1:00pm by Sam Wang

I’ll be coming to San Francisco next Tuesday for TEDxSF, a spinoff of the famous TED conference. It’s at the California Academy of Sciences. Mayor Gavin Newsom will launch the event. The event will be LiveStreamed – tune in around 4:00pm Pacific. I’m on a little after 4:30pm to talk about the neuroscience of willpower.

Other speakers on the docket: cellist Zoƫ Keating, planetarium guru Ryan Wyatt, and many more. Check it out at

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  • Hemingway13

    Just before the election last year, I wrote my disagreement with Prof. Wang’s recommendation that the best value for money of our political contributions would be for tight Congressional races.

    I cautioned that it would be no advantage to Democratic Party supporters to divert our contributions away from then Senator Obama’s campaign in order to elect Democratic Congress members if they were going to vote like the “Blue Dogs” on major legislation.

    We are far enough into the Obama/Biden Presidency to see that the “Blue Dog” mentality has been a major factor not only to undermine the Democratic Party House and Senate Leadership, but to assist the ideologically monolithic Republicans (and their pay-tv media channel) in their quest to portray Obama as a weak President.

    If the Republicans had won more of these races, the Democratic Party would not appear nearly as fractured as it is characterised daily in the media.

    Democrats should not strive to be as ideologically “pure” as the Republicans, but the election of too many Blue Dog Democrats has created a solid faction who speak much more passionately and loudly against moderate legislation in order to please to what they consider their conservative “base” than any Republican in a safe district needs to do.

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