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Why is mathematics the most boring class in school?

It’s not universally agreed that mathematics is the worst subject everyone has to study in school, but I would say the agreement is close to universal. Why is it so boring? Aesthetically, I prefer non-miraculous explanations that don’t invoke unique, … Continue reading

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Base Hits > Homeruns

After talking to a number of PhD students, I’ve come to conclude two things. First, that many (especially in “genius disciplines” like maths or physics) are motivated by the goal of being the smartest human who ever lived—“the next Einstein”, … Continue reading

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Why the scientists aren’t combining data from two experiments to get 5-sigma evidence (= “proof”) for the Higgs boson The Higgs field was postulated nearly 50 years ago, the LHC was proposed about 30 years ago, the experiments have been … Continue reading

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Why is it that the standard of proof in software development theory is “Some famous person said it’s cool and I can think of an analogy to a Malcolm Gladwell book so therefore i’m right”? Standards of proof in medicine—scurvy, limeys … Continue reading

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Job Postings

Meaningless: XXX is seeking a high-caliber, experienced YYY with proven research, development and application skills in the area of ZZZ. The selected candidate will have a track-record of creating innovative YYY solutions to industry business challenges. They will also enjoy … Continue reading

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Manipulative

Why do people publicly admit to reading Robert Greene’s books? That’s like saying “Hi, I’m manipulative and power-hungry. Want to work together?” Several times I have googled people who publicly admit (e.g. on a blog) that they like one or … Continue reading

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Enticement and Yielding (Yin 陰)

In Remembering the Kanji, James Heissig evokes a good point about power, force, manipulation, cause, and influence. ☯ 陰 Agere “It is not sure whether the long slender object is seducing the small round one or vice versa.” He’s making a point … Continue reading

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From all business, my favorite case on incentives is Federal Express. The heart and soul of their system – which creates the integrity of the product – is having all their airplanes come to one place in the middle of … Continue reading

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Diurnal Prejudice

There is a prejudice in society against people who wake up late. Obviously, someone who wakes up at 3pm, eats and gets ready, then works from 5pm until 2am, can get as much done as someone who works from 8:30am … Continue reading

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