background preloader

Steven Pinker on the myth of violence

Steven Pinker on the myth of violence

Todd Disotell: A New Tale of the Primate Split Bio Dr. Todd Disotell Dr. Half of the Facts You Know Are Probably Wrong Dinosaurs were cold-blooded. Vast increases in the money supply produce inflation. Increased K-12 spending and lower pupil/teacher ratios boosts public school student outcomes. Most of the DNA in the human genome is junk. Saccharin causes cancer and a high fiber diet prevents it. Stars cannot be bigger than 150 solar masses.

Those Who Control the Past Control the Future There’s a popular historical legend that goes like this: Once upon a time (for this is how stories of this kind should begin), back in the 19th century, the United States economy was almost completely unregulated and laissez-faire. But then there arose a movement to subject business to regulatory restraint in the interests of workers and consumers, a movement that culminated in the presidencies of Wilson and the two Roosevelts. This story comes in both left-wing and right-wing versions, depending on whether the government is seen as heroically rescuing the poor and weak from the rapacious clutches of unrestrained corporate power, or as unfairly imposing burdensome socialistic fetters on peaceful and productive enterprise. But both versions agree on the central narrative: a century of laissez-faire, followed by a flurry of anti-business legislation. Every part of this story is false. One especially useful service that the state can render the corporate elite is cartel enforcement.

The Real Iran Hostage Crisis: A CIA Covert Op Global Research Editor’s Note The script of Best Film Academy Award Movie “Argo” which depicts the Iran Hostage Crisis is largely based on fiction. The purpose of the film is to rewrite history, to falsify what actually happened as well as provide a human face to US foreign policy. Amply documented, the Iran Hostage Crisis was a complex CIA covert operation intent upon stalling the Iranian Revolution as well as spearheading the political demise of President Jimmy Carter. Diamonds Are Bullshit "Yeah, they say three years’ salary." Michael Scott, The Office American males enter adulthood through a peculiar rite of passage - they spend most of their savings on a shiny piece of rock. They could invest the money in assets that will compound over time and someday provide a nest egg. Instead, they trade that money for a diamond ring, which isn’t much of an asset at all. As soon as you leave the jeweler with a diamond, it loses over 50% of its value.

5,000 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent Tyrants Have Always Spied On Their Own People Spying has been around since the dawn of civilization. Keith Laidler – a PhD anthropologist, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a past member of the Scientific Exploration Society – explains: Spying and surveillance are at least as old as civilization itself. University of Tennessee history professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius agrees:

TheDukeofReddit comments on Black History Month Has Been an Epic Failure