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Misleading money-saving claims help no one | Ben Goldacre | Comment is free Every now and then, the government will push a report that's so assinine, and so thin, you have to check it's not a spoof. The Daily Mail was clear in its coverage: "Council incompetence 'costs every household £452 a year'"; "Up to £10bn a year is wasted by clueless councils." And the Express agreed. Where will this money come from? "Up to £10bn a year could be saved … if councils better analysed spending from their £50bn procurement budgets." A 20% saving on the £50bn council procurement budget would be awesome.
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How the Mind Counteracts Offensive Ideas People react to ideas they find offensive by reasserting familiar structures of meaning. The human mind is always searching for meaning in the world. It’s one of the reasons we love stories so much: they give meaning to what might otherwise be random events. From stories emerge characters, context, hopes and dreams, morals even.
Is Our Definition of "Happiness" Extrovert-centric? The body of research connecting extroversion and happiness kinda bums me out. One study out of Wake Forest University even tells us that people are happier, including introverts , when we like extroverts. For this research, subjects completed a standard measure of the Big Five personality traits.
September has come around again, and with it a new influx of students into Edinburgh. I like the sudden hustle and bustle of the university, even if all the lecturing staff seem completely stressed out at the moment! Last week we had a couple of events to welcome the new postgraduates into the maths department. On Tuesday was the departmental welcome party, where I got to meet the new staff and students for the first time. I started chatting to an ex-number-theorist-turned-probability-student, and suddenly two hours had passed and the whole blackboard was covered in knots and other crazy symbols. I love it when that happens! A new academic year « Knot your average sheep…
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