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September 12 2012

As the culture evolves, people who benefitted from the old ways invariably see themselves as victims. Once you grasp the concept of privileged distress, you’ll see it everywhere: the rich feel “punished” by taxes; whites believe they are the real victims of racism; employers’ religious freedom is threatened when they can’t deny contraception to their employees — it goes on and on. ...

Supremacy itself isn’t hate. You may even have affection for the person you feel superior to. ... But supremacy turns to hate when the feeling of innate superiority is openly challenged. ....

[People experiencing privileged distress] deserve compassion, but [the actually oppressed] deserve justice. ... [we should] acknowledge their distress while continuing to point out the difference in scale. ... The ones who still want to be good people need to be offered hope that such an outcome is possible in this new world.
The Distress of the Privileged « The Weekly Sift liberally quoted (via maymay)
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September 04 2012

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Extra Dimensions - PHD Animation 
(Watch full screen!)
Tags: learn physics
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August 23 2012

The ratio of male to female pronouns [used in books] ... peaked at around 4.5:1 in the mid-1960s. The ratio had shrunk to 3:1 by 1975, and less than 2:1 by 2005.
Study tracks rise of feminine pronouns
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August 10 2012

[They wanted to] investigate the causes—and possible remedies—of intergroup conflict.

How would they spark an intergroup conflict to investigate? Well, the 22 boys were divided into two groups of 11 campers, and—

—and that turned out to be quite sufficient.
The Robbers Cave Experiment - Less Wrong

July 24 2012

Technological progress that increases the efficiency with which a resource is used tends to increase (rather than decrease) the rate of consumption of that resource.
Jevons paradox / Rebound effect
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June 27 2012


Spiral of silence - Wikipedia

suggested [self-reinforcing] process by which one opinion becomes dominant as those who perceive their opinion to be in the minority do not speak up for fear of isolation from society
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May 02 2012


November 18 2011


The Five-Year-Old's Guide to the Galaxy

Best of the "Explain Like I'm Five" subreddit – some good stuff here.
Tags: learn reddit
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July 14 2011


February 01 2011


October 04 2010

Sal Khan at Gel 2010 – if you haven't perused the Khan Academy video library, you should. Thank you, internet, for once again letting the whole world benefit from some enthusiastic person's charitable efforts in their bedroom.
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September 07 2010

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Richard Feynman not explaining why magnets work.
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August 31 2010

Dimensions is a BBC site that "takes important places, events and things, and overlays them onto a map of where you are." – Check out Burning Man or The Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch compared to Vienna. Very cool!
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August 05 2010


March 16 2010

Memory Colors: A fascinating blog post on color correction in movies. See also this rant.
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March 07 2010

W3C Requirements for Japanese Text Layout: More fascinating details on Japanese typesetting than you ever wanted to know.
Tags: learn japan
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January 06 2010

Most fascinating is a feature that would make any journalist tremble. Tuyuca requires verb-endings on statements to show how the speaker knows something. Diga ape-wi means that “the boy played soccer (I know because I saw him)”, while diga ape-hiyi means “the boy played soccer (I assume)”. English can provide such information, but for Tuyuca that is an obligatory ending on the verb. Evidential languages force speakers to think hard about how they learned what they say they know.
What Is the Most Complex Language in the World? – Neatorama
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January 02 2010

!Xóõ, spoken by just a few thousand, mostly in Botswana, has a blistering array of unusual sounds. Its vowels include plain, pharyngealised, strident and breathy, and they carry four tones. It has five basic clicks and 17 accompanying ones. The leading expert on the !Xóõ, Tony Traill, developed a lump on his larynx from learning to make their sounds. Further research showed that adult !Xóõ-speakers had the same lump (children had not developed it yet).
Economist.com: In search of the world's hardest language
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December 10 2009

Gene variants generally considered misfortunes (poor Jim, he got the “bad” gene) can instead now be understood as highly leveraged evolutionary bets, with both high risks and high potential rewards. ... [T]he children who suffer most from bad environments also profit the most from good ones.
The Science of Success – The Atlantic

November 04 2009

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