Archived Web Site of Barry Krusch from 1999

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You'll find here 30 files and over 3,000 pages of articles and books on various topics, chiefly psychology, education, politics, film, and media analysis. If you are interested in any of these subjects, you should find at least a few of the writings below worth reading. Some of these links point to books I have on Amazon, others to PDF files on my server.

My latest book is on Amazon.com. It is free for Kindle on the 22nd of every month. Here is the link to the book:

Impossible: The Case Against Lee Harvey Oswald

Chapter 9 of that book is available for free:

Impossible: The Case Against Lee Harvey Oswald, Chapter 9


THINKING

DIALOGUES TO THINK BY

To master the art of thinking, we must first master the art of language. However, language is a tricky business. This collection of dialogues highlights some significant problems in language, and makes for some very confusing reading. Good luck!

THE THINKERS HANDBOOK (DRAFT)

This is a draft of a handbook for those who want to improve their ability to think. Even though this book is frozen in early gestation, and needs lots of rewriting, it contains many helpful pointers.

FRAMEBOUND: NOTES FOR A BOOK

A miscellaneous (and large) collection of notes for a book on how to break out of old ways of thinking.

MUSIC

CLASSICAL CD HALL OF FAME

Dozens of superb CDs in the Classical Music genre.


EDUCATION/COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

THE ROLE OF FRAME ANALYSIS IN ENHANCING THE TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE

Good educators try to teach abstract skills that generalize (transfer) over a wide range of situations. The thrust of this paper is to point out how transfer can be enhanced by use of framing techniques. The article contains much discussion of issues related to frame analysis, including schemas, encoding, and decoding.


PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPEDIMENTS TO A NEW CONSTITUTION (DRAFT)

Destined from the outset to be the first chapter in The 21st Century Constitution, this chapter now finds itself standing alone. A fairly easy introduction to issues in social psychology.

CINEMA

THE KUBRICK FAQ

A FAQ on the films of Stanley Kubrick, with contributions from members of the ALT.MOVIES.KUBRICK newsgroup. Especially invaluable for its analysis and collection of readings regarding 2001: A Space Odyssey.

ANALYZING MEDIA

HOW TO FRAME A PATRIOT

On December 13, 1994, Christopher John Farley of Time magazine invited public comment on his article on the Patriot movement. This document is my line-by-line analysis of Farley’s piece (a textbook example of how the media manipulates issues, evidence, and quotes to railroad its readers into a particular point of view). This CD-ROM version contains Farley’s reply to my analysis, as well as readers’ (and my) counter-reply to Farley.


MASS MEDIA 101

A survival guide for the DisInformation Age, this article contains much hard evidence for media distortion, and dozens of framing techniques are discussed, along with information "behind the scenes" (memoranda, laws, and what not) which serves to explain why this distortion of information is so pervasive.

Before you flip on the newscast tonight, enable yourself to better assess the credibility of the information our broadcasters would like you to see as the "truth".

PROPAGANDA 101

This article, written in the 1950s by an Army Intelligence officer, gives an insider’s view on the art of manipulating public opinion. And not just the foreign public.

GAME THEORY

THE PRISONERS’ DILEMMA

Much of THE 21ST CENTURY CONSTITUTION was written to combat the Prisoners’ Dilemma, a fascinating topic in game theory which explains everything from traffic jams to gang formation to air pollution to nuclear proliferation to that guy butting ahead of you in line. This article is a non-technical introduction to the theory, with many real-life examples.

POLITICS AND UNDERSTANDING THE CONSTITUTION

OUT-OF-PRINT BOOKS ON THE JFK ASSASSINATION

Superb out-of-print books related to the assassination of JFK, some of which have photos and analysis appearing in no other book.

OUT-OF-PRINT BOOKS ON EVOLUTION

Excellent out-of-print books giving a contrary view of evolution.

DAWKINS CHALLENGE

The Dawkins Challenge

THE VOICE VOTING STRATEGY

Make your vote count, with a strategy . . .

IF TRIANGLES ARE SQUARE, AMERICA IS A DEMOCRACY

No, Virginia, America is not a democracy: it's a Republic. Here’s the proof.

HAMILTON’S BUG

Would one of the framers of the Constitution intentionally introduce a bug into that document? Read and see.

THE POLITICAL THEORY OF THE FRAMERS (DRAFT)

This is a draft section for The 21st Century Constitution which I could not include due to lack of space. It contains a thorough discussion of the underlying theory behind the 1787 Constitution, with many quotes from The Federalist and other 18th century sources. A good introduction to political science concepts, and an easy way to get into that obtuse (but important) classic.

THE 21ST CENTURY CONSTITUTION

This document is a digital copy of the book The 21st Century Constitution. According to Richard Bernstein in his book Amending America, this book contains "the most thoughtful and thorough reframing of the Constitution yet attempted . . .". Complete with footnotes and bibliography.

WOULD THE REAL FIRST AMENDMENT PLEASE STAND UP?

That old First Amendment, she ain’t what she used to be. Here are some sample reviews:

GENERAL WRITINGS


THE DAY FATHER NATURE WENT TO WORK

A cautionary tale.

THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PREVENTION DICTIONARY

Handy, easy-to-use guide to vocabulary designed to short-circuit rational analysis, culled from the Congressional Record.


APHORISMS

Over 200 aphorisms, gathered from Ideas (see below).

USEFUL FABLES

A collection of 26 fables, tailor-made for an Information Age. Includes What The Dead Duck Thought Before Approaching The Decoy and The Fable Of The Quicksand.

THE WILD SPACE

Poems.

THE HIDDEN APPEAL OF THE MONA LISA

Some of the most interesting ideas from Ideas 39-65, arranged to flow from one into the other in a unified line of thought. Meant to be read from page 1 to the end in one sitting.