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Chen […] thinks that if your language has clear grammatical future tense marking […], then you and your fellow native speakers have a dramatically increased likelihood of exhibiting high rates of obesity, smoking, drinking, debt, and poor pension provision. And … Continue reading

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Where should I start reading mathematics if I never got far with it in school?

I’ve been asked variants of this question a number of times. So here’s a thorough answer for everyone.   First, some well-written books on topics that interest me: Roger Penrose’s The Road to Reality Cosma Shalizi’s blog bactra.org John Baez’s blog Matthen’s tumblr … Continue reading

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Any advice on where to start exploring math for someone who didn't take/ study/ or pay attention to much math beyond high school.

I’ve been asked variants of this question a number of times. So here’s a thorough answer for everyone: Where should I start reading mathematics if I never got far with it in school?   First, some well-written books on topics … Continue reading

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Benjamin Motz –

Aymara-speakers conceive of time as flowing away from them [1], whereas we Anglophones think of ourselves as moving forward through time. They say “way back in the future” and gesture behind themselves when talking about what’s to come. It’s logical because … Continue reading

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Mark 6:25–28 in Pirahã   in English:  25… give me … the head of John the Baptist.  26And the king was exceeding sorry; yet … he would not reject her.  27And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head … Continue reading

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Supremum

Ever since I took too many mathematics classes, I started using the concept of “upper bound” literally. It confuses people. Girlfriend: How long do you think it’ll take you to work out? Me: Oh, I don’t know. I’d say less than five … Continue reading

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Radiolab – Bird’s-Eye View

<![CDATA[// <![CDATA[ // <![CDATA[ // <![CDATA[ // <![CDATA[ // <![CDATA[ (function(){var s=function(){__flash__removeCallback=function(i,n){if(i)i[n]=null;};window.setTimeout(s,10);};s();})(); // ]] // ]] // ]] // ]]]]]]> // ]]]]>]]> In gradeschool calculus I learnt that derivative = slope. That was a nice teacher’s lie (like the Bohr … Continue reading

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