Jared Diamond makes a case for an argument I’ve championed for years: we live our lives in fear of distorted perils. Studies have compared Americans’ perceived ranking of dangers with the rankings of real dangers, measured either by actual accident figures or by estimated numbers of averted accidents. It turns out that we exaggerate the [...]
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Farhad Manjoo writes: Most people won’t notice these details, but they add up to a remarkable garment. Before I wore American Giant’s hoodie, I couldn’t ever picture a hoodie looking unslouchy. This one makes it look like you spent a minute considering your wardrobe before you rushed out the door. For a lot of people, [...]
The two subject areas I get called upon most to tutor in are Mathematics and Science. In my own public school education I loved Science for two reasons: I had great teachers (thank you Mr. Max Smith and Mr. Barry Guinn) and I got to discover the way the world worked. I also loved Geometry [...]
From The Associated Press: Older teens and adults with attention deficit disorder are much less likely to commit a crime while on ADHD medication, a provocative study from Sweden found. It also showed in dramatic fashion how much more prone people with ADHD are to break the law – four to seven times more likely [...]
Those who know me understand that I’m the worst person in the world to talk sports with, but this story on All Things Considered caught my ear and lead me to the above video. Anxiety is not about being shy in the same way that depression is not about being sad. Those of us who [...]
Chris Mooney wrote in 2007: Even as we act immediately to curtail short term vulnerability, every exposed coastal city needs a risk assessment that takes global warming scenarios into account…Scientists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York have been studying that city’s vulnerability to hurricane impacts in a changing world, and [...]
0615: Why is there something rather than nothing?
I’ve been enjoying Xkcd for several years, but somehow I missed the offshoot What If? which answers hypothetical questions about physics every Tuesday. This week the question is: If every person on Earth aimed a laser pointer at the Moon at the same time, would it change color? Previous questions include: What if a rainstorm [...]
David Randall writes: Typically, mention of our ever increasing sleeplessness is followed by calls for earlier bedtimes and a longer night’s sleep. But this directive may be part of the problem. Rather than helping us to get more rest, the tyranny of the eight-hour block reinforces a narrow conception of sleep and how we should [...]
1621: Great moments in marketing
Be Careful Where You Click! Google’s Deceptive Ads Trick Users…
Via Jim Miller’s* What’s Up listserve: WHEN: Tonight, Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 7:00 pm WHERE: West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, Ohio 44116 (Free Parking) COST: The film series is free and open to the public (donations gratefully accepted). Scientists Under Attack A Film About Courage, Secrecy And Danger. In [...]
I think I first heard the rule: your first answer is almost always correct, from GMM1 Giles when I was in Gunner’s Mate “A” School at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois. I’ve repeated the rule, without question, dozens of times to my students over the years. I was wrong. From Mano Singham: A [...]
GPS leads driver into harbor
Of course, your kids will greatly enjoy this (via Mano Singham’s reader The Rose) method.
I was too young for 22 November, too old for 28 January, too jaded for 11 September; but I remember 20 July as if it were yesterday. We won’t trouble you any longer Mr. Armstrong.