UCSB Poets Bring Show to Downtown Audience

Kevin Ferguson performs a poem for a packed house at SOhO. Ferguson took Prof. Kip Fulbeck’s spoken word class as a senior in 2012 and performed at the first “Talking to Strangers” event later that year.

On Jan. 22, SOhO Restaurant & Music Club in downtown Santa Barbara hosted the second annual “Talking to Strangers: An Evening of Spoken Word.”

Fulbeck’s Talented Students Return to SOhO

Next Wednesday, Jan. 22, local spoken word group Right Side Up Poets (RSU) will bring their remarkable performances back to SOhO for the second annual “Talking to Strangers: An Evening of Spoken Word,” starting at 8 p.m.

Better Yourself: Five Steps to Becoming Exceptional

A while back I wrote an article on the human tendency to think we’re above average. In it, I made the obvious point that we can’t all be above average — that doesn’t make sense. This is called the optimism bias. However — even if you can’t know whether you’re above average or not — […]

You’re Not ‘Bad With Names,’ You’re Just Not Using Your Memory Creatively

This past weekend, I attended a function of the highest prestige: the launch party for The Campaign for UC Santa Barbara, an event that celebrated the new phase of funding to further UCSB’s impact in the academic and research world. I say attended, but I really mean I gate-crashed. I found out about it, dressed […]

The Paradox of Choice: Minimizing the Margin of Regret (Why Too Many Choices Are Not Always a Good Thing)

Too many choices — the problem with Baskin-Robbins and why In-N-Out is awesome. Baskin-Robbins is a wonderful little ice cream parlor chain. Also known as “31 Flavors,” it was my ice cream shop of choice as a toddler. Since then, I’ve seen many a Baskin-Robbins close, and it seems that their strength in the ice […]

The Truth About Attitude: Why Happiness Is a Decision, Not An Outcome

If we’re being real with ourselves (which we are, by the way), forgoing the free will/determinism argument, we can agree that most of our lives are ruled by randomness. You are a great example, dear reader — you love Santa Barbara, you made the best friends, you’ve had the greatest experience ever, you would’ve hated […]

When Brains Go Autopilot, It’s Time to Take the Wheel

How often do you argue? All you trim-bearded philosophy majors can go ahead and wipe that superior smirk off your face, please … Yes, you took a class on logic, now stop talking to me. The truth is that we’re arguing constantly — yes, we argue with each other, but most arguing goes on continually, […]

The Distinction Between Genuine Kindness and Excellent Acting

What is it about someone telling you to be nice that makes you want to punch them in the face? We’ve all been there — making fun of someone for something they did, hating a girl because she’s prettier than you. It seems that we do these things instinctually, automatically pushing other people down on […]

Lessons on Skepticism, Learned From a Life of Magic

Growing up, I believed a lot of ridiculous things. For example, I convinced myself that the force was real for a while after watching “Star Wars” — the movie, obviously, was exaggerated, but there were people out there in our world (I imagined Indian men on street corners in India busking by levitating pennies) who […]

Body Language of Liars: How the Face and Feet Can Reveal a Fibber

A few short weeks ago, I wrote an article that leads up to this second part on lying. To have a more complete understanding of the things we do verbally to mask our inevitable lies, I would refer you to that previous article. This week I’ll talk to you about the ways in which we […]