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This movie shows metempsychosis according to the Buddhistic model. The only point of difference is the dog’s cross-incarnation retention of memories. In the Buddhist model, there is no self to retain memories. All else is compliant. Don’t you recall your earliest life memory being “oh, this again? Been here before.” Etc.? I do.

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You might have noticed: many recent TV series are set in the 1980s.

It’s no wonder people want to live in the past and nostalgia - even imagined - is present in so much pop culture. The past is psychologically safer. Its problems and shortcomings can be forgotten and its comforts and certainties trump the challenges and constant uncertainty that mark the present.

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I recently read Walden Two, Skinner's novel about an independent, experimental social value-centred community.

The possibility and appeal of real-life communities comprised solely of volunteer members united by shared interests or values fascinates me. There have also been numerous real-life attempts at such communities.

In this attempt at a real-life Walden Two, gender experiments and environmental friendliness were strong motivators behind the creation and continuation of the community. The recent and fashionable notion of sustainability was very present.

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Been reading BF Skinner. I’ve been interested in this guy's methods ever since my teens, when I bought a book called “The Japanese Kana Workbook”, which teaches the user both systems of Japanese kana in a few days. The book was recommended to me by my first Japanese teacher, who had used it in his undergraduate days at Sheffield University, which in those days was commonly considered the UK's best Japanese-teaching university. He told me that using this book, he and his aspiring fellow Japanologists were able to master the reading and writing of both systems inside a week. That impressed me, so I acquired a copy.

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Some people can't even eat the food, let alone get to grips with the lingo!

Having lived as something of an expat for over a decade (although I was officially "local hire" so never got the perks that were customary in overseas packages), from seeing serious cultural gaffs by guest managers more times than I imagined was even possible, and after hearing hundreds of stories of allegedly competent bosses crashing and burning on foreign soil, I decided to look to the literature for understanding.

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According to Good (1988) and Gulati (1995), trust is the product of the repeated meeting of actors. This claim jeopardizes (or perhaps merely complicates) the distinction between bond and bridge. After how many meetings does a bridge become a bond? And does the transformation entail loss, increase, or maintenance of the bridge’s resources? That a connection cannot be definable as simultaneously bridge and bond seems improbable, if trust – the elemental contribution of social capital – is the product of repetitious interaction alone, regardless of interaction quality.

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