In-Between Thoughts 12.11.19: are ideas real?

Awww, Wednesday was my last philosophy class for the semester. I didn't expect to say this going into a class dedicated to studying Marx, Freud, and Deleuze & Guattari, but it was my favorite class so far. I KNOW. Who'd a thunk I'd become a semi-Marxist at the ripe old age of 37? Now I … Continue reading In-Between Thoughts 12.11.19: are ideas real?

Your Brain on Philanthropy: Cognitive Ease

I was chafing a bit the other day over the realization that in order to be most effective at my job, I need to talk about giving and gifts in the simplest way possible. I've learned so much about the complexities of ways to donate, of why people donate, of the great scientific work being … Continue reading Your Brain on Philanthropy: Cognitive Ease

In-Between Thoughts 11/20/19 — New reading and rereading

Workin' on them boulder shoulders! Goodness, it's been a hot minute since I've lifted weights. I've been doing Insanity 4-5 times a week and running 9 miles every Sunday, so I'm moving and challenging my body, but now that I'm no longer working on campus it's hard to get to the Rec Center consistently. I've … Continue reading In-Between Thoughts 11/20/19 — New reading and rereading

Your Brain on Philanthropy: Denomination Effect

Fundraisers tend to categorize donors in three ways, either as annual donors, major gift donors, or legacy donors. Annual donors are those who give smaller amounts more frequently -- monthly, annually, or when a giving campaign comes calling (think United Way or the Girl Scouts). These gifts usually go to the general fund or support … Continue reading Your Brain on Philanthropy: Denomination Effect