- The Psychology of Politics: A lecture by Professor Glenn D Wilson | Gresham College
A thoroughly fascinating lecture that discusses how political affiliations are informed by both genes and the environment.
- Why It Took Social Science Years to Correct a Simple Error About ‘Psychoticism’ | New York Magazine
“What should we make of all of this? Partly, of course, this is a story of conflicting personalities, of competitiveness between researchers, of academics acting — let’s be frank — like dicks”.
- Google, democracy and the truth about internet search | The Guardian
How fake news has become our reality, courtesy of Google.
- How Do Liberal and Conservative Attitudes About Obedience to Authority Differ? The Surprising Result of My Study | The Huffington Post
“Rather than thinking of liberals and conservatives as being fundamentally different psychological breeds, I now think of them as competing teams. Liberal versus conservative is like Yankee fans versus Red Socks fans. Each has its own flag to which it pledges allegiance. And each side has its own authorities to which it demands obedience”.
- The Perils of Empathy | The Wall Street Journal
Why it’s better to be compassionate rather than empathetic.
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- The pursuit of beauty | The New Yorker
“Pure mathematics, as opposed to applied mathematics, is done with no practical purposes in mind. It is as close to art and philosophy as it is to engineering… The pursuit of beauty in pure mathematics is a tenet. Last year, neuroscientists in Great Britain discovered that the same part of the brain that is activated by art and music was activated in the brains of mathematicians when they looked at math they regarded as beautiful”.
- The unconscious allure of grand national narratives | The Straits Times
“There will always be a need for a coherent account of the past in order to function as national communities. But we need to remind ourselves that we can also recognise the limitations of reflexive habits that play such a powerful role in guiding our views”.
- Mumbai battles between medieval and modern times | Hindustan Times
Human society will always experience competing tensions between progress and regression, while its people will always spout strange rhetoric to delude themselves – or others – so as to reinforce flawed beliefs.
- This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of | Quartz
How an online repository achieved the “impossible trinity” of authority, expanse and currency when it comes to providing data and information for research and scholarship.
- What the British are really laughing about | The Leveller
“…David Cameron’s nasty little scandal speaks to a suspicion many people already have: that in British society, you don’t get to become Prime Minister because you’re talented or because you work hard. You don’t even get there just because you’re rich. You get there by traumatizing the homeless and skull-fucking a dead pig, and that ritual gives you power because you have demonstrated utter, pathetic submission to your fellow oligarchs”.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Have we always eaten them? | BBC News
Similar to the way we now sleep, our eating habits have evolved in line with economic demands.
- Why You Always See Crushed Stones Alongside Railroad Tracks | Gizmodo
In case you ever thought about this while taking the train.
- Why do aircraft still have ashtrays in the lavatory? | Fear of Landing
“…despite the prohibition, there is always the risk that a passenger will smoke anyway, and hidden away in the lavatory is the only real place someone might hope to get away with it. Surveys have shown that it continues to be a problem, despite years of prohibition and warnings in bold red fonts. When the fire alarm kicks off and the cabin crew start banging on the door, a panicked passenger should not be tempted into shoving the cigarette into the paper towel dispenser”.
- Unplanned Freefall? Some Survival Tips | The Free Fall Research Page
In the oft-chance that someone does stub out her/his cigarette on something that isn’t an ashtray and you find yourself freefalling from a mile high in the sky.
- Could the eagles have flown Frodo into Mordor? | Sean Crist’s Homepage
And finally, while we’re still on the topic of flying – a speculative question regarding Frodo’s journey through Middle Earth.