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Revolutionary Thought

“It’s not a revolution if nobody loses.” -Clay Shirky   (Click here to view comments)

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Interesting Take on Why We Often Perceive Handsome Men to Be Jerks

I just came across an interesting article in Slate contending that we often perceive handsome men to be jerks because examples of jerky handsome men come more easily to mind than examples of jerky plain men. In the case of single … Continue reading

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Putting the Internet Into Perspective

“It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that the Internet is a post office, newsstand, video store, shopping mall, game arcade, reference room, record outlet, adult book shop and casino rolled into one. Let’s be honest: that’s amazing. But … Continue reading

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Surgeons Know Bad Surgeons When They See Them

The surgeon told the Weindel family that the operation had gone well. He had taken Dale Weindel’s stomach and cut it into two, and rerouted his small intestines so that all the food Weindel ate would now pass through the … Continue reading

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What Marathon Runners Have in Common with Used Car Salesmen

In recent posts, I’ve presented several interesting pictures of how arbitrary thresholds influence behavior. I showed how airplane pilots speed up flights to make on-time arrivals, but don’t speed up late flights that won’t make it on time. I’ve shown that … Continue reading

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Self-Delusion at the Neighborhood Bar

According to a Gallup Poll, 1 in 4 people who are dependent on alcohol (they scored 20 or more on the World Health Organization’s Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test — AUDIT) think their drinking is average or less average. It … Continue reading

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Do People on the Right Feel Superior to Those on the Left?

Most of us have at least one cranky old relative who not only has stronger opinions than the rest of us, but is also convinced that those opinions are superior to ours.  Not just content to believe that, say, voter … Continue reading

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The Power of Thresholds

In a recent post, I reproduce the figure showing the “stickiness” of odometer readings, when it comes to the price of used cars. Much better to sell your car at 49,999 miles rather than 50,001 miles. But here’s another sticky … Continue reading

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The Only Power Strong Enough to Undermine My Scientific Integrity – Chocolate

I recently posted several humorous pictures illustrating the risks of assuming that correlation amounts to causation. But now comes along another interesting picture, that practically forces me to abandon scientific rigor and embrace the inevitable conclusion – that chocolate consumption … Continue reading

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Northern Bias in Poetry ?

Until I moved to North Carolina, it never struck me as odd that people talk about “April showers bring May flowers.” That nice little bit of rhyming doesn’t make sense down here in the south. Which made me think: but … Continue reading

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