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El hombre que tiene la receta para ser feliz. Www.psych.utah.edu/people/files/diamond54a7.pdf. One Race, Every Medalist Ever - Interactive Graphic. Studying the Brain Can Help Us Understand Our Unscientific Beliefs. Editors’ Note: Portions of this post appeared in similar form in a December, 2009, piece by Jonah Lehrer for Wired magazine.

Studying the Brain Can Help Us Understand Our Unscientific Beliefs

We regret the duplication of material. Last week, Gallup announced the results of their latest survey on Americans and evolution. The numbers were a stark blow to high-school science teachers everywhere: forty-six per cent of adults said they believed that “God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years.” Only fifteen per cent agreed with the statement that humans had evolved without the guidance of a divine power. What’s most remarkable about these numbers is their stability: these percentages have remained virtually unchanged since Gallup began asking the question, thirty years ago.

Such poll data raises questions: Why are some scientific ideas hard to believe in? A new study in Cognition, led by Andrew Shtulman at Occidental College, helps explain the stubbornness of our ignorance. Shtulman and colleagues summarize their findings: What is science? (according to Google) When I told family members that I was starting a new science blog for the Guardian, their first question was "what's it going to be about?

What is science? (according to Google)

" Actually, their first question was usually "what's a blog? " whereas a few asked "What's 'the Guardian'? " But after I explained all that, they'd ask what it was going to be about. Obviously as this blog is an attempt to derive humour from science and is hosted in the Science Blogs section, it's about science. But as this is a public medium, it raises the question: what do most people think science actually is? This question was recently the subject of much debate after the recent furore surrounding the "Science: It's a girl thing" video. There were many complaints, because that's not what science is like.

If we want to find out what most people think science is without conducting a long and laborious survey, as always, the internet is our friend. Science is … A verb Science is a verb now, and it must be true because it says so on a t-shirt. Just … no. La sorpresa de la democracia es que puede ganar el peor: Villoro. MÉXICO, D.F.

La sorpresa de la democracia es que puede ganar el peor: Villoro

(Proceso).- El jueves 5 el novelista y periodista Juan Villoro remitió desde Barcelona, España, a donde viajó después de las elecciones, la respuesta al cuestionario que le envió Proceso dos días antes. En él narra su biografía como votante, hace un análisis de la situación política, cuestiona el sistema de elección mexicano y califica de “madruguete electoral” el que hizo aparecer la misma noche de la votación a Enrique Peña Nieto no como ganador virtual sino como ganador definitivo. Paralelamente, sostiene que Andrés Manuel López Obrador actúa con lógica al impugnar el proceso.

Daniel Bichman's blog. Yours, Insincerely - by Etgar Keret - Tablet Magazine. When I was a kid, I always thought that Hebrew Book Week was a legitimate holiday , something that fit comfortably amid Independence Day, Lag B’Omer, and Hanukkah. On this occasion, we didn’t sit around campfires, spin dreidels, or hit each other on the head with plastic hammers, and, unlike other holidays, it doesn’t commemorate a historical victory or heroic defeat, which made me like it even more. At the beginning of every June, my sister, brother, and I would walk with our parents to the central square in Ramat Gan where dozens of tables covered in books were set up.

Each of us would choose five books. Sometimes the writer of one of those books would be at the table and would write a dedication in it. ¿A quién le importa que se muera una lengua? “Es hermosa, pero pesada”.

¿A quién le importa que se muera una lengua?

Esteban López, a punto de cumplir 81 años, se balancea con lentitud en la hamaca de una casita humilde y pulcra presidida por un altar a la Virgen de Guadalupe. Habla el numte oote, o ayapaneco, que en Ayapa, esta comunidad de Jalpa de Méndez (Tabasco), algunos llaman sencillamente “la lengua” o “la palabra”, pero que cada vez lo es menos. López forma parte de una comunidad indígena a la que se le está muriendo el idioma: quedan entre 15 y 20 hablantes en su poblado, Ayapa, según cálculos del Ayuntamiento. Solo dos, según el informe del Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas (INALI) y ocho según la Unesco. Una vez en Jalpa, una localidad calurosa, verde y húmeda dedicada fundamentalmente a la agricultura y con unos 83.000 habitantes, se descubre que la realidad es algo más optimista que el papel, aunque no tanto: la mayoría de los hablantes supera los 60 años y no emplean el idioma de sus padres más que cuando se encuentran por los caminos del pueblo.

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