Category Archives: Mind-blowing Miscellania and other Neat Stuff

Some Photos From My Israel Trip

Hey folks! More photos from my trip to Israel. Some of these have already been posted on Twitter, but most of them I’m posting for the first time. Jerusalem. I don’t understand why I find the sight of mountainside cityscapes … Continue reading

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Giant Faces On Storefronts In Jerusalem

Yesterday was a great day in Jersusalem. I visited the Wall, but in an unexpected place; visited an archeological dig that’s not open to the public (!); and got very lost in the old city. I’ll be posting more details … Continue reading

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Intellectual Turing Test Results: Silver Medal

So in Ozy’s Intellectual Turing Test, in which anti-social justice folk tried to pass themselves off as social justice folk, and vice-versa, I’m pleased to report I came in second, with 75% of readers believing I was anti-SJ. (In the … Continue reading

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Participation Trophies Defeated The Great Depression and Won World War Two

Hat tip to Ben Lehman!

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Should We Regret The American Revolution?

Happy 4th of July! Dylan Matthews brings us 3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake. In a nutshell (although click through for the longer arguments): 1) The Southern States would have had much less power as part of the … Continue reading

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Aphantasia: A life without mental images

Aphantasia: A life without mental images – BBC News Close your eyes and imagine walking along a sandy beach and then gazing over the horizon as the Sun rises. How clear is the image that springs to mind? Most people … Continue reading

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Some Brain Teasers From Scientific American

This article in Scientific American, by Keith Stanovich, makes some solid points about the limits of IQ. No doubt you know several folks with perfectly respectable IQs who repeatedly make poor decisions. The behavior of such people tells us that … Continue reading

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The Sleepwalker Statue and Freedom of Speech

On the Wellesley campus, the Davis Museum is showing an exhibit of sculptor Tony Matelli’s work, including the above statue set up outside the museum. A student objected to this, on the grounds that the statue could potentially be “triggering,” … Continue reading

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You Can Create A Language, But You Can’t Control It

From Wikipedia: Ithkuil is a constructed language created by John Quijada, designed to express deeper levels of human cognition briefly yet overtly and clearly, particularly with regard to human categorization. The language is notable for its grammatical complexity and extensive … Continue reading

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Family in Siberia Lived For 42 Years Without Seeing Anyone Else

Via Sullivan, a fascinating article in The Smithsonian, about the Lykovs, a religious fundamentalist family that hid in deep Siberian forest to escape Bolshevic persecution. There were four of them – wife, husband, and 2 small children – when they … Continue reading

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