A Psychological Legitimization of Link Crew


The Boomerang Project (linkable) and it’s Link Crew initiative provide a lot of information on the fact that Link Crew WORKS! But they don’t provide much information explaining WHY it works! Thus,

Task: Your task is to provide a research based psychological legitimization and rationalization for the Link Crew Program at SAS. IN short, WHY DOES IT WORK?

This Research by Professor Walton of Stanford (while he was at YALE) is a great place to start!


Download the document below that is your assignment for this project. The end result will be a keynote presentation!

A Psychological Legitimization of Link Crew: A Psychological Legitimization of Link Crew

Our First Step will be to understand what exactly link crew is. Firstly, we’ll consult our resident link crew leaders as they explain to you the following:

  1.  What are the goals of link crew?
  2. What activities do you engage in to reach your goals?
  3. Has a rationalization for these activities been given to you? if so, what is it?
  4. What “maintenance” activities do you engage in throughout the year?

Next, use the link to the Boomerang Project above to further your understanding of what link crew is.

Those Who Walk Away from Omelas: A meditation on the tyranny of democracy

Awakened Learning


After our conversations yesterday, I immediately thought of the short story, “Ones who walk away from Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin. 

Read the story linked here:

ones who walk away from omelas

And then answer the following questions in your journal as “journal entry #3”:

1.  How does this story relate to our discussion regarding, “a foolish idea held by 50 million people is still a foolish idea”?

2.  Do you think Omelas is a “foolish idea”?

3.  What do you think the metaphor of Omelas represents?  What could this be a parable to?

4.  Identify and discuss some “beliefs” held by the people of Omelas. Also, identify and discuss some “truths” held by the people of Omelas. Are there any? If not, why do you say so?

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Dissecting My Disposition


We’ve discussed the role that SITUATIONAL factors play in determining behavior, however we haven’t discussed the role that dispositional factors play.  Our disposition, includes traits that are own to us. The investigation of such traits is in itself it’s own sub set of psychological inquiry, personality research.

There are different theories regarding personality formation that I will cover here:

Personality Theories

However the most popular measure of Disposition is the Five Factor Model. Also known as the “Big Five” or Trait Theory. Take a Big five Personality test below!



The best way to remember the BIG FIVE traits is via the Acronymn,  CANOE








Is Facebook Making us Lonely? A social psychological analysis


Read the article by Stephen Marche from the Atlantic titled, “Is facebook making us lonely?” linked below:


Reflect on some key quotes below:

We know intuitively that loneliness and being alone are not the same thing. Solitude can be lovely. Crowded parties can be agony.”

social networking might be spreading the very isolation it seemed designed to conquer.”

We have all been in that scene: transfixed by the glare of a screen, hungering for response.”

And then highlights some of your own!! **Side note…if you’re not already using Diigo, you need to be….. http://www.diigo.com …***




Stereotypes: Why are We so Quick to Judge?

There are a variety of theories regarding stereotype formation. Your job is to understand them all and decide which one, based on research and your own analysis of course, is the most valid.

Stereotypes are defined as a social perception of an individual in terms of group membership or physical attributes.  It is a generalization that is made about a group and then attributed to members of that group.  

Complete the learning helper below to facilitate your understanding of stereotype formation and its effects:

Stereotype Formation Evaluated

Belief, Truth and the difference between the two

Awakened Learning

In this course, a goal of ours will be to nurture within you the ability to look at all truth claims with a critical eye. This does not mean that my goal is to turn you into a perpetual contrarian as some believe is occurring:


No, my goals is to develop within you the understanding that claims must be substantiated by evidence and that the Ways of Knowing we use to build that evidence are not infallible, thus, even though a truth claim may be supported by evidence, the evidence used to support that claim may be weak, therefore relegating the truth claim weak as well. This overarching concept of Claim:Evidence:Evaluation has application in too many important realms of your life to list here!

So.  Lets look at some truth claims.  

  1. Christopher Columbus “discovered” america in 1492
  2. If A is bigger than B, and B is bigger than…

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