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  • Tea, Shortbread, and 3 Things Worth Knowing

    By Shawkat M. Toorawa, The Chronicle of Higher Education "Then I saw the crystal poet / Leaning on the old sea-rail; / In his *** lay death, the lover, / In his head, the nightingale." I cited those lines in an introductory course I taught last year, one that attracts potential Near Eastern...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Aristotle- The Banker's Best Friend

    By Martin Sandbu, The Financial Times January 13, 2011 Aristotle took a dim view of business. Sometimes, of course, business people give the impression of being equally unconcerned with Aristotle’s main concern: living a good life. Just witness the grilling Bob Diamond, chief executive of Barclays, received...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • How To Measure The Wisdom of a Crowd

    by Jessica Marshall, Discovery News The "intelligence" of a group can be measured, according to a new study, and it has little to do with the brain power of its individual members. What makes a team more intelligent has more to do with the group's interactions. More equal participation...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Why Do We Believe?

    by David Munger from Seed Magazine "Medical writer Tom Rees devotes his blog Epiphenom to the scientific study of religion. Last week he examined a study on the relationship between intelligence and religious belief. Published in Social Psychology Quarterly , this study by Satoshi Kanazawa replicated...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Brain food: The Psychology of Heroism

    By Aditya Chakrabortty from The Guardian "Of all the virtues, heroism is now the most remote. Heroes are either mythic or historical characters (Achilles or Gandhi) or they are superhuman (Spider-Man, or even 9/11 firefighters). What they are not is one of us. Our age has role models and it has...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • You won't find consciousness in the brain

    by Ray Tallis from New Scientist "Most neuroscientists, philosophers of the mind and science journalists feel the time is near when we will be able to explain the mystery of human consciousness in terms of the activity of the brain. There is, however, a vocal minority of neurosceptics who contest...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Spotlight on Science Diplomacy

    by Lorna Casselton and James Wilsdon for Seed Magazine "Last week, top scientists from more than 100 countries gathered in London for one of the biggest scientific meetings of the year: the InterAcademy Panel. Hosted by the Royal Society as part of its 350th anniversary celebrations, the Panel brings...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Are Scientists or Moviemakers the Bigger Dodos?

    by Abby Callard for Smithsonian "You were a tenured professor at the University of New Hampshire and you left to pursue filmmaking in Hollywood. Why? Storytelling. As I look back on the past 30 years, I realize that the single biggest thing that drew me into science were great scientists who told...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Tapping the Investing Wisdom of Crowds

    By David Bogoslaw from Businessweek "Can a sentiment survey of a bunch of individual investors actually predict stock price performance? Crowd Technologies—a neophyte online investing community whose Web site Piqqem enables people to vote on the direction they believe individual stocks will follow...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
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