Nelson Dec 2015

I am a Professor of Economics; a writer on gender, ethics, economics, and ecology; a dharma teacher in the Boundless Way Zen school; mother of two grown children; and an avid dancer.

These might seem like wildly different activities, but I’ve found more and more interconnections between them. A major theme on this blog is “mixing it up.” In fact, one of the commonalities I’ve found is how certain habits of rigid, categorical, oppositional thinking tend to mess things up, no matter whether we are talking about spirituality  or statistics. You’ll see this theme throughout most of my blog posts.

If you’re interested in my professional qualifications, or in contacting me, you can easily find that info elsewhere on the web. I hesitated in starting this wide-ranging blog at least in part because professional economists don’t write about “squishy” things like emotions and dance. At least they don’t if they want to maintain the pretense of being detached scientists. I’ve never agreed with that image of what science is about, though. I believe that good science is open-minded investigation, and that it advances with thinking outside the box.

And, I’m going to turn 60 later this year. What people think of me just isn’t so important anymore.


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