Chad Twedt

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Sep 02 2013

Utilitarianism and Deontology Part 2: Hollywood & Dexter

“Do what is right, though the world may perish.” – Kant Any movie that begins with this hard-core deontological quote fading in and out of the center of a black screen is guaranteed to be a great movie (be sure to read Utilitarianism and Deontology Part 1 to familiarize yourself with utilitarianism and deontology). We …

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Aug 15 2013

Utilitarianism and Deontology Part 1: The Subjective Line

Would you kill one person to save five people from dying? Studies (both theoretical and simulated) have shown that around 90% of people would indeed take action to minimize human casualty. That means that 90% of us are, at heart, utilitarians. A utilitarian is a person who favors the good over the right: a person …

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Dec 27 2011

Public School System Changes Needed for the Benefit of Students

There are parts of our public school system that need to change.  My experience in high school gave me as much perspective on this as any, but my experiences as a private piano teacher have compounded this perspective tenfold.  The most common reason that high school students quit music lessons is because school interferes with …

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Oct 12 2011

Consequence Displacement

It has been a while since I coined any new psychology terms.  Too long.  I have another one I’ve been dying to share, because it happens all the time to everyone, and something that happens this frequently always deserves its own terminology.  It has to do with all the times when we feel consequences we …

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Nov 29 2010

Keep Your Goals To Yourself

Contrary to popular belief, repeated studies have shown that sharing a goal with others makes your goal less likely to come true1.  Telling someone about your goals makes you feel Vera Mahler found that when getting validation of our goals from others, these goals feel more “real” in the mind. Also see The Psychology of Action: …

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Nov 11 2009

Environmental Normalization

In Fall 2004, I taught two sections of Math 120 at University of Nevada, Reno.  Before classes began, I spent many hours trying to come up with the fairest and most generous class policy I could possibly conceive, and I took great pride in the fact that it was even more generous than the policies …

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Oct 28 2009

Illusory Gain or Loss

One of the hottest topics that piano teachers talk about when they get together is make-up lesson policy.  The classic conflict arises when a student insists that they are paying for the teacher’s time, while the teacher insists the student is paying for the time slot (tuition), so if that time slot is missed, the lesson …

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Oct 26 2009

Perception Imposition

Immediately after a concert I gave a few years ago, a pianist introduced himself and said he’d be interested in being presented at the same venue in his own concert. He mentioned some difficult repertoire he was working on at the time and said he wanted to tour with a solo piano program. I concluded he must …

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