Month: May 2011

  • In Evolution, Adaptability Beats Fitness

    The longest continuous evolution experiment was started¬†in 1988 and is still ongoing. The study, examining the “evolvability” of Escherichia coli (E. coli), has recently surpassed 52,000 generations and has had a sample of the population frozen and saved¬†every 75 days (every 500 generations). The wealth of data obtained is fantastic and these frozen ancestors¬†have been¬†the…

  • Against Behavioural Economics and Irrationality

    Praising¬†Maurice Allais as the father of behavioural economics rather than Kahneman and¬†Tversky, ¬†John Kay introduces us to some of Allais’ ideas while simultaneously providing one of the finest arguments against the simplistic view of behavioural economics as the study of irrationality: The skill of piecing together sense from fragmented and inaccurate information is a central…

  • Comedic Writing Tips‚Ķ Again

    The use of inherently funny topics and words, at least one person, a little exaggeration and a touch of curiosity and danger: these are just some of the essential ingredients¬†for successful humourous writing, says¬†Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert. In an essay very similar to a post¬†he wrote almost¬†four years ago (previously), Adams tells us an…

  • Myths About Introverts

    As introverts are a minority‚ÄĒa mere twenty-five percent of the population‚ÄĒthere are many persistent misconceptions about¬†the introvert personality among the majority.¬†After reading¬†The Introvert Advantage, Carl King decided to compile a list of myths about introverts, explaining why each misconception is false: Introverts don’t like to talk. Introverts are shy. Introverts are rude. Introverts don’t like…

  • Commons Picture of the Year

    Every year, the Wikimedia Foundation — the parent organisation of many well-loved projects, such as Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote and Wikiversity — runs the Commons Picture of the Year competition. The aim of the competition is to identify¬†“the best freely-licensed¬†images from those that during the year have been awarded Featured picture status”; an accolade awarded by…

  • The Source of Happiness

    When, after twenty years of marriage, Laura Munson’s husband told her “I don’t love you anymore. I’m not sure I ever did.“, she chose to not believe him. Not because it didn’t hurt or that she wasn’t taking it personally, but because this wasn’t about her — it was about unmet expectations. In yet another…