Archive for November, 2013

Even Total Recall Includes False Memories

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

This article in The Atlantic points to research on people who can remember what they ate for breakfast on a specific day 10 years ago (and are found to be accurate a high percentage of the time when tested)  but it turns out that even these people often have completely convincing memories of "facts" that turn out […]

David Suzuki Jumps the Shark

Monday, November 18th, 2013

According to this report  in Vice-Canada, David Suzuki has claimed that “If, in fact, the fourth plant goes under an earthquake, and those rods are exposed, it's bye-bye Japan, and everybody on the west coast of North America should evacuate. Now if that isn't terrifying, I don't know what is.” And if that isn't in […]

Whence Comes Real Growth ?

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

In the course of checking whether Ramez Naam's GDP figures (in Decoupling Growth From Energy and Carbon) were inflation adjusted, I came across nice looking site about visualizing economics. The graph there matches Naam's and is clearly identified as illustrating an inflation-adjusted real per-capita GDP growth rate of about 2% per year (pretty consistently over about […]

Transparency vs Privacy

Friday, November 15th, 2013

David Brin cheers on The Coming Transparent World while Jaron Lanier is decidedly less enthusiastic. Lanier's solution is to implement ownership of personal data with the right to deny access and charge whatever price we want for such access.  Of course, although that might be built in to the protocols for transfer of digital information, it could […]

Inspired by Faith

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Ophelia Benson picks up on an interesting minor point in an essay by Conor Friedesrorf where he attributes some of the goodness of his friend to the influence of religion: "Nick happens to be one of the best people I know. Even though I don’t have faith in the same things that he does, I see how […]

A Taste of His Own Medicine #honeygate

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The "Dear Muslimo" scorn being heaped on Richard Dawkins over his lost honey would be undeserved were it not for his own earlier mockery of Rebecca Watson's mild complaint on behalf of women who feel uncomfortable as a result of unwanted attention at a convention. Dawkins' sarcastic "Dear Muslima" letter implying that Watson and her ilk should shut up […]