The things we'll never know
Disbelieving Free Will Makes Brain Less Free: which makes perfect sense while it doesn’t at the same time. By which I mean I have a lot of doubts whether you can untangle belief and will. In my opinion, the suggestion of a causal relationship between belief and will is as good as saying there’s a possibility free will is an illusion, a mere conscience of quantum probability; but if...
The weekly report
The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science: after reading this, I think it’s no small miracle progress happens despite humans’ delusional nature. (via Instapaper) ¶ RSA Animate: Ken Robinson on Education Reform. ¶ An online SLR camera simulator. Might be a good didactic tool. ¶ Colleges Worry About Always-Plugged-In Students. I think the classroom should be an internet...
This model can also be found in the aisles of supermarkets, where you’re offered...– Roger Ebert on movie trailers. (via Cheat Sheet)
Everything is stupid
There’s been much noise and disinformation about the so-called IMF/EU ‘bailout’ of Portugal, which I chose to spell with quotes because it’s not really a bailout, but rather a loan made under such paradoxical draconian conditions - eg. restoring ‘competitiveness’ by lowering corporations’ welfare taxes while raising taxes on the energy they spend;...
What we have in academia, in other words, is a microcosm of the economy as a...– Faulty Towers: The Crisis in Higher Education (via Metafilter)