“There are environmental effects,” he says. “But this is an important point that Harris makes: Environmental effects must not be equated with parenting effects. There is also the culture, and when we talk about kids, culture equals peer group, pretty much.” A social circle, in other words, helps shape a kid’s personality and developmental outcomes, … Continue reading Who needs parents anyway?
These “decadence” pieces are really only written by people who are in the top 1% or at a minimum 10% of the global wealth distribution. Life doesn’t look so decadent to the median human. For the median human in the world (meaning, a Chinese or Indian peasant), 1970 resembled 1920 far more than 2020 and … Continue reading From the comments on Marginal Revolution
“So, do you ever hire older writers on those sitcoms of yours?” asked the older writer in a challenging tone of voice as I was slipping the (useless) cardboard ring around the stem of my coffee cup. I nodded vigorously. “Of course we do,” I said. “We like to work with writers who have more … Continue reading Ageism in Hollywood
It would seem to be some sort of unified self would make the most sense. People are told to bring their true self to work. "You do you" is a single-self model. There is a pervasive belief in the notion of the self, repackaging notions of the Freudian inner you or the notion of a … Continue reading Which theory of the self is most believed in?
If only I could drink like Maigret. Rum for his colds, beer for his thirsts, plum brandy when he feels a bout of the flu coming on. And he eats like a horse. A thoroughbred horse with his own private chef, that is. Madame Maigret sounds like a wonderful chef. This novel is about work … Continue reading Maigret and the Wine Merchant
Wilczek also floats another idea - what if an alien civilization created a greenhouse effect to raise the temperature of a planet? For example, if extraterrestrials were currently researching Earth, they would likely notice the increased levels of carbon dioxide that are heating up our atmosphere. Similarly, we can looks for such signs around the exoplanets. An … Continue reading More ways to solve the Fermi Paradox
Genetic research is rapidly progressing into the genetic basis of complex traits like intelligence and a gene has been identified for criminal behaviour in one family. Once the decision to have IVF is made, PGD has few ‘costs’ to couples, and people would be more inclined to use it to select less serious medical traits, … Continue reading Genetic decadence