Cogito Ergo Sum

Sep. 25th, 2017 03:39 pm
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В ленте у человека случился острый приступ картезианства.

Недавно читал статью, где приводилось понятие психологической энтропии: "In other words, the harder it is to answer the questions, ‘‘What is happening?’’ and ‘‘What should I do?’’ the higher the level of psychological entropy." В условиях неопределенности, люди пытаются найти какие-то точки опоры хотя бы в себе: Я не верю в глобальное потепление, Карл! Ок. Эйнштейн не верил в вероятностный характер квантовой механики, но любим его мы не за это.

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Sep. 25th, 2017 02:31 pm
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This week's EconTalk shows the demographic issue behind the economic and political polarization in this country (and globally). http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2017/09/philip_auerswal.html

The economic and cultural power is skewed toward rich cities, which are getting richer. At the same time, the political system still favors rural areas that are in long-term decline.
https://medium.com/the-code-economy/the-origin-of-populist-surges-everywhere-1146f89e04bb
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http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/food/simply-irresistible

- you can use any kind of eggplant. Look for those that are firm and heavy for their size.
- either shiro or white miso, or awase miso, which is a mix of white and red miso.
- Lakanto, a zero-calorie sweetener made from luo han guo or monkfruit.
- toasted sesame seeds and scallions.
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Когда меня в детстве обзывали "жид", я бил в морду. Поэтому мне трудно читать без смеха рассуждения благонамеренных идиотов о настроениях среди современных американских студентов. Правильное поколение растет!

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Sep. 23rd, 2017 08:09 am
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Приснилось, что я купил большой автобус с прицепом. Проснулся в ужасе - где я с ним буду парковаться?
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BEIJING - Singapore and China will further deepen military ties, such as through stepping up bilateral exercises between the two countries' navies and armies.



http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/singapore-and-china-reaffirm-commitment-to-deepen-defence-ties

Twin Peaks S03

Sep. 17th, 2017 10:48 pm
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I wonder how they come up with ideas like that.

A thought experiment

Sep. 14th, 2017 05:02 am
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Imagine that due to some mysterious genetic disease, all men went extinct and only women survived, reproducing through a carefully designed gene-mixing procedure. Some of these women work as mathematicians and programmers. Since all men are long gone, a certain kind of genius lore has developed, so that all exceptionally smart mathematicians and programmers are now called "men." For example, somebody might say about a particular talented girl, "She's smart as a man" and nobody would take offense.

By contrast, if somebody said the same thing within the same "math and programming" context today a lot of people would be offended. Why is that? What's the difference?

Interviewing convicted rapists

Sep. 14th, 2017 03:17 am
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WP reports on a small research project in India to learn what rapists think (an ungated version in STimes):

In the interviews, many men made excuses or gave justifications for their actions. Many denied rape happened at all.
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One case in particular, participant 49, sent Pandey on an unexpected journey. He expressed remorse for raping a 5-year-old girl. “He said ‘yes I feel bad, I ruined her life.’ Now she is no longer a virgin, no one would marry her. Then he said, ‘I would accept her, I will marry her when I come out of jail.’”
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