Saturday, October 18, 2008


Here's an interesting article from a security professional in which he argues that argues that terrorism is more often a social act than a political act; that is, more in the realm of social psychology. If that's so, our methods of fighting terrorists might be completely wrong. Hmmm.....

The Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Terrorists

(originally published on

Marc Sageman, a psychiatrist and CIA veteran, wrote a book called Understanding Teror Networks in which he argued pretty much the same thing - that suicide bombers enter that world through and with friends. No evil recruiters are necessary.

I have used Sageman's book in my class at CASA.

Monday, October 6, 2008

My personality?

Take a look at my scores on the Big 5 (from

Gary Shea's Big 5 -- O96-C10-E22-A83-N14

Second test -- Parents welcome

The second test was not quite as good as the first. Both classes averaged in the low 80s. Among other things, I will continue to emphasize using the study questions, quizlets, and the study questions in the textbook as aids to effective studying. Not to mention time - if you don't do the time, it's a crime.

Tomorrow night is Parents' Night. We have a short lesson in personality theory. Parents and students should bring their Big 5 Personality Inventory with them.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Coffee etiquette?

You've stopped in your favorite bagel/coffee shop on the way to work. You fill your coffee cup from the jug and you reach for a plastic top. The tops are stacked up in the little basket. The last person to take a top touched either the top or the bottom of your top. Do you find it at all disgusting that that person touched your top? Is the top or bottom more disgusting? Do you touch the top or the bottom of the next person's top? Do you care what the next person thinks?