More info on this at kottke.org
evidence and experience matters
I’m hoping for the day that something *this* basic is unnecessary.
“The worst-case scenario is what’s happening now.” Web comic xkcd succinctly sums up the state of the oil spill coverage on the news.
down is up, bad is good
from the magazine The Week, 12/25/09 to 1/8/2010:
Feeling down sharpens your attention and makes you less gullible. …happiness…(removes) a layer of skepticism. …sadness “promotes information processing best suited to dealing with more demanding situations,” says psychologist Joseph Forgas.
Recessions may help us all live a little longer. When the economy tanks, people drink and eat less, sleep more, suffer fewer accidents, and live longer. Researchers found that americans were actually healthier during the Great Depression than they were in prosperous times immediately before and after…
don’t talk to the police
Law professor James Duane lectures on why you should always exercise your fifth amendment rights and never talk to the police, regardless of your guilt or innocence.
sports > education
Average compensation of the ten highest-salaried presidents of U.S. public universities: $533,000
Number of them who earn more than the school’s football coach: 2
Amount that Louisiana State University has raised since 2001 to care for its live tiger mascot: $3,750,000
Source: Harper’s index, March 2008