Monthly Archives: October 2009

Small wins, incremental improvement, and cumulative advantage

http://www.dtc.umn.edu/~odlyzko/doc/decline.txt

In this book, Gregory Feist reviews and consolidates the scattered
literatures on the psychology of science, then calls for the
establishment of the field as a unique discipline. He offers the most
comprehensive perspective yet on how science came to be possible in our
species and on the important role of psychological forces in an
individual’s development of scientific interest, talent, and
creativity. Without a psychological perspective, Feist argues, we
cannot fully understand the development of scientific thinking or
scientific genius.

say something about Manfred Kochen and the slow accumulation of intellectual debts reflected in bibliographies

links for 2009-10-28

links for 2009-10-27

Molly’s October coconut squash soup

Recipe adapted from directions and shopping hints from Molly at Farmer's Market.

Molly's October squash soup

Ingredients:

onion

garlic

ginger

winter squash, peeled and diced (I used butternut and delicata)

Saute onion, garlic, and ginger in olive or coconut oil.  Add the squash, cook until everything smells nice and the squash is a little bit browned.   Deglaze the pan with a little wine (I used rice wine), then add

diced tomatoes (canned or fresh, I used canned because tomatoes were $4/box)

coconut milk (I used about 1/2 can)

hot stock (I used vegetable stock, you could use chicken stock)

Bring to a boil then simmer covered for a long time until everything is well cooked and soft.  Next time I'll blend the soup so that it's a puree, but we ate it tonight without doing that, and it was still delicious – much, much better than last year's bland pumpkin soup attempt.  I'm sure it was the coconut!