Monthly Archives: April 2012


Via Freakanomics, memory is shockingly easy to alter: New research finds that it’s alarmingly easy to create false memories for people, even when they know an event didn’t happen.  Psychologists Andrew Clark, Robert A. Nash, Gabrielle Fincham, and Giuliana Mazzoni conducted a three-stage experiment: In Session … Continue reading

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The Last Best Chance

Lawrence Lessig is always pretty brilliant, and I was pretty convinced by his article below on the “Americans Elect” movement. We cannot afford this silence now. We can’t afford to wait. We must find a way to put [campaign finance … Continue reading

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I just found out that a friend and classmate of mine was killed in Afghanistan a couple of days ago. He was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Platoon Commander and a damn fine person. I knew him as an NROTC midshipman, … Continue reading

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Thinking Like a Fokkusu

Interesting article about how thinking in a foreign language can help eliminate various cognitive biases: A series of experiments on more than 300 people from the U.S. and Korea found that thinking in a second language reduced deep-seated, misleading biases … Continue reading

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What Do Springtime Polls Tell Us: Practically Nothing

From the 538 Blog: Since Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign, essentially endingthe Republican primary contest, the starting positions for the general election have taken shape. About 10 national polls have been released: President Obama leads Mitt Romney 47.7 percent to 43.7 percent, … Continue reading

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Prisoner’s Dilemma Solution

This video has been making the rounds, I first saw it on Bruce Schneier’s blog, and it’s an absolutely amazing (though non-repeatable) solution to the Prisoner’s Dilemma as presented on a British game show: The Original Game Setup That’s the … Continue reading

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The DADAist Standardized Test

This comes via Big Think, and is apparently off of a standardized reading comprehension test for eighth grade students. I think it might be some sort of Dada-ist experimental performance art. Definitely worth a read: In the olden times, animals could … Continue reading

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