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Why Smart People Are Stupid. Editors’ Note: The introductory paragraphs of this post appeared in similar form in an October, 2011, column by Jonah Lehrer for the Wall Street Journal.

Why Smart People Are Stupid

David Eagleman - Is Time Real? (Closer to Truth) About. Since September 2012, Aeon has been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web.


It asks the biggest questions and finds the freshest, most original answers, provided by world-leading authorities on science, philosophy and society. Aeon has four channels, and all four are completely free to enjoy. Most weekdays, it publishes Essays – longform explorations of deep issues written by serious and creative thinkers. StereoTypes Paris - French African vs. African American? Naturalistic Fallacy. (also known as: is-ought fallacy, arguing from is to ought, is-should fallacy)

Naturalistic Fallacy

Symbolic Logic. Symbolic logic is the method of representing logical expressions through the use of symbols and variables, rather than in ordinary language.

Symbolic Logic

This has the benefit of removing the ambiguity that normally accompanies ordinary languages, such as English, and allows easier operation. There are many systems of symbolic logic, such as classical propositional logic, first-order logic and modal logic. Each may have seperate symbols, or exclude the use of certain symbols. Logical Symbols The following table presents several logical symbols, their name and meaning, and any relevant notes. Propositions, Variables and Non-Logical Symbols. Philosophy Experiments. Size comparison of the universe 2015. What is Consciousness? Classical, music, beethoven, nihilism, optimism, philosophy, truth.

Monkey Makes A Fire: Kanzi The Bonobo Makes A Campfire. Changing Landscapes of Power: Opulence and the Urge for Authenticity - ZUKIN - 2009 - International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Pecking order. Jeremy Rifkin on the Fall of Capitalism and the Internet of Things. We live in a one-track world, but anyone can become ... I travelled with Bedouin in the Western Desert of Egypt.

We live in a one-track world, but anyone can become ...

When we got a puncture, they used tape and an old inner tube to suck air from three tyres to inflate a fourth. It was the cook who suggested the idea; maybe he was used to making food designed for a few go further. Far from expressing shame at having no pump, they told me that carrying too many tools is the sign of a weak man; it makes him lazy.

Oral Histories: Former President Richard Nixon. Scale of the Cosmos - By cosmic standards the asteriod Ida (above) is "pint-sized"—only as large as the Hawaiian island of Molokai!

Scale of the Cosmos -

(1.6.x) Intriguing coincidences are found on cosmic scales. The Sun is 400 times larger in diameter than our Moon AND 400 times farther away! So solar eclipses can look like this . . . (1.6.x) Naturalistic fallacy. Narrow vs Broad: Apologies for Being a Generalist. Imagining. March 6, 2007 For the original transcript, as well as audio and video versions of this lecture, see the Open Yale Courses website.


What I want to look at first is the suggestion that somehow, at some level, nobody really believes they're going to die at all. Now, having distinguished between what we've called the death of the body and the death of the person, the question whether or not you're going to die needs to be distinguished. The question whether or not you believe you're going to die needs to be distinguished.

Making a Bonobo laugh - Animals in Love: Episode 1 - BBC One. How people use space to mentally represent time. We often think about the future as being in front of us and the past as being at our back – as we walk, places we pass are behind us, and places we have yet to reach lie ahead.

how people use space to mentally represent time

But not every culture views time the same way. For instance, although the Arabic dialect spoken in Morocco refers to time in the same way that English does, previous research suggests that Moroccans have a tendency to see the past as being in front of them and the future as being behind them. Psychological scientist Juanma de la Fuente of the University of Granada and colleagues hypothesized that differences in how we perceive time result not from language or from how our bodies are oriented, but from whether we’re more focused on the past or the future. Algorithm Measures Human Pecking Order. Measuring power and influence on the web is a matter of huge interest.

Algorithm Measures Human Pecking Order

Indeed, algorithms that distill rankings from the pattern of links between webpages have made huge fortunes for companies such as Google. One the most famous of these is the Hyper Induced Topic Search or HITS algorithm which hypothesises that important pages fall into two categories–hubs and authorities–and are deemed important if they point to other important pages and if other important pages point to them. This kind of thinking led directly to Google’s search algorithm PageRank The father of this idea is John Kleinberg, a computer scientist now at Cornell University in Ithaca, who has achieved a kind of cult status through this and other work. From the Vault. Stare Into the Eyes of 40 Ape Faces. Photographer James Mollison reveals the variability of our uncanny human cousins in a stunning series of close-up portraits of the Great Apes.

Stare Into the Eyes of 40 Ape Faces

The tight focus of his photographs forces us to look right into the eyes of gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, and orangutans of different ages and personalities. Beautiful people 'ruin' lives. Beautiful people are ruining others' chances of happiness. At least, that is the conclusion of mathematicians, who have found out what many people have known for years: personality is more important than looks. Unrealistic expectations of finding a partner with film star good looks are creating an unhappy society, believe the researchers. Surrender Appomattox 150th Anniversary Ceremony. Part 1 Hear Former Slaves Speak. Peeking at the Downside of High School Popularity.

Photo. Messages For The Future. ‘I'm METRO, NOT gay!’: A discursive analysis of men’s accounts of makeup use on You Tube. “I’m METRO, NOT Gay!” : A Discursive Analysis of Men’s Accounts of Makeup Use on YouTube The last two decades have seen a marked increase in men’s self-presentation prac-tices and the creation of a new identity category: “metrosexual” (Simpson, 1994,2002). Here we examine men’s makeup use, considered one of the more extreme in-dicators of “metrosexuality” (Harrison, 2008). We deploy a discursive analytic ap- proach informed in particular by membership categorisation analysis (Sacks, 1972a,1972b, 1992) to examine male makeup users’ responses to a young man’s onlinemakeup tutorial posted on YouTube.

[1112.3670] Echoes of power: Language effects and power differences in social interaction. The TYPOLOGIST : collector of collections. Welcome to Transparency. Being John Malkovich and The Collective Unconscious. ‘Translating John Malkovich’ T r a n s l a t i n g J o h n M a l k o v i c h. Lewis Black's Life Advice for Millennials. Comedian Lewis Black is 65, but his audience skews much younger. This creates some unusual challenges for the Daily Show commentator—like finding a way to do a live comedy special without isolating fans closer to his own age. "I can’t put it on Yahoo, because 40 percent of my audience isn’t going to watch it on their computer. The Meaning of The Truman Show. A Poet Shares His Philosophy. Being john malkovich explains its own craziness - underplexunderplex. 10 Rumors That Caused Mass Panic.

Duck Sex, Aesthetic Evolution, and the Origin of Beauty. Gender. Questioning, Thinking skills.