It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of President Donald Trump. I think that he is lazy, ignorant, incompetent, and as a result, a danger to our country and our world. But I think it is entirely possible that we may someday look back upon his election as lucky accident that strengthened the United … Continue reading Why America Is Lucky Donald Trump Was Elected President
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” (The Dalai Lama) I recently read this longform New York Times piece on Amy Cuddy and the replication controversy in social science. The basic summary is that two big trends came together–the first was the rise of social science in popular culture (think Malcolm Gladwell and Dan … Continue reading Balancing Kindness and Rightness
I was fascinated by a recent PBS video that covered research being done at UC Berkeley on wealth, privilege, and human behavior. The upshot is that in controlled experiments, wealthy people tend to behave more selfishly and dishonestly than the poor:http://bit.ly/1azIjMa Of course, people might think, that’s how they got to be wealthy! But if … Continue reading Wealth and dishonesty are correlated, but the arrow of causality isn’t what you think
I am a huge believer in storytelling. Whenever something traumatic happens in my life (and despite my incredibly lucky existence, bad things have happened), one of the most important steps I take to get past the initial emotional shock is to boil it down to a simple story, and lay out what I’m going to … Continue reading Writing Takes Away The Power Of Bad Things
Absolutely fascinating piece on sex and intelligence on Gene Expression. Bottom line: The very intelligent are more likely to be virgins, and to have less sex when they are married. The cause may be testosterone, which appears to suppress intelligence and increase sex drive. I guess my raw intelligence must be enough to overcome my … Continue reading Why Smart People (Generally) Have Less Sex
As you know, I’m obsessed with sleep. When people ask me, “How would your life change if you suddenly became a billionaire,” I always answer, “I’d build my own indoor basketball court, and I’d take a nap every day.” It turns out that science agrees. Loughborough University researchers compared three methods of fighting 3:30 PM … Continue reading The Best Solution To Sleepiness? Take A Nap!
I ran across this little doozy of an article about teen brain development: Neurological researchers around the country, spearheaded by Jay Giedd of the National Institute of Mental Health, have in recent years found that the brain is not fully developed until after 18. The brain system that regulates logic and reasoning develops before the … Continue reading Should We Use Science To Take Away Rights?