Zinkydoink!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal on art: One of the important things to remember when having grownup conversations is that words get their meanings from us and the way we use them. They are not handed down and set in stone. This becomes a problem when trying to have a conversation with an ordinary sounding word […]

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Is Organic Food Better for You?

Bonus points if you can pronounce the name of the video’s creator: Kurzgesagt. It’s been a badly kept secret for a while that “organic” is really just a marketing term. You say it with a positive connotation and with some confidence so that people will assume it means something good, but behind it, there’s not […]

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Splitting Hairs on Slavery

One of the greatest mistakes religion ever made was preserving their traditions in book form. Contrast the bible with something like an economics or physics textbook. If the collective knowledge of the field updates, they can edit an old textbook or rewrite a new one from scratch and the old one falls away, becoming only […]

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Valuing the Unseen

Last year, Freakonomics Radio had an episode about the impact of important medical technologies. At one point, they’re discussing two discoveries that revolutionized medicine. The first was anesthesia. The second was sterilizing equipment to stop the spread of germs. One was adopted immediately — it spread like wildfire through the medical community. The other took […]

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Predicting the Future

A new Crash Course Statistics video talks about the tools we use to predict the future, what they can do, what they can’t and how they can fail: As one of the fathers of quantum mechanics, Niels Bohr, said, “its difficult to predict, especially the future.” Most of us don’t do well on thinking tasks […]

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