I’ve been trying to steer clear of heavier social and scientific ideas and issues over the holidays because, although interesting, the holidays are more of a lighthearted time. That said, here’s a kind of cool scientific “finding”. I write finding in quotes because this is just an interesting idea far from being scientifically proven but [...]
We’ve been getting a lot of snow here but we can’t really compete with the blizzard that just hit the east coast of the U.S.: December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse from Michael Black on Vimeo.
If you see something more bizarre today, let me know:
Ricky Gervais wrote a piece about atheism in the Wall Street Journal a little bit ago and it elicited a deluge of responses. He answered some of them but–bla bla bla–one answer about how he planned to celebrate Christmas was worth repeating here–it has nothing to do with athiesm: How do you plan on celebrating [...]
An interesting clip by Dan Ariely on how wearing fake sunglasses can make you more likely to cheat at other things:
That’s the eye-catching name of this year’s Dalton Camp Lecture given by the Globe and Mail’s South Asia correspondent Stephanie Nolen. In her current position and from her experience as the Globe and Mail’s Africa correspondent she has covered malnutrition, AIDS, the rise and fall of dictators, rigged elections, corruption and has won a number [...]
Don’t let anyone stifle your creativity:
Not much today but a cool map created by a Facebook intern showing links between Facebook friends in different placex (via: Aid Watch). I don’t find the map particularly compelling mainly because it’s hard to tell where the strongest connections are, but it’s still nice to look at.
One thing I like doing is bringing back old science experiments because, unless you do research in that specific field, how are you ever supposed to hear about the cool stuff that’s been done before? This is an amazingly simple experiment that was done by Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman in 1981. Kahneman is a [...]