"In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There’s every reason to believe he was right. In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn’t happen.
Do you wear makeup? Are you a giant nerd? If so, you should check out Brightest Bulb in the Box: Beauty for Critical Minds.
Robyn examines makeup and beauty care products with a scientific eye, performing comparison tests and debunking pseudoscientific bullshit to the delight of anyone who wants to know what they're buying. [more inside]
Punk rocker John Roderick thinks Punk Rock is Bullshit
False memories of fabricated political events [ABSTRACT]
. In the largest false memory study to date, 5,269 participants were asked about their memories for three true and one of five fabricated political events. Each fabricated event was accompanied by a photographic image purportedly depicting that event. Approximately half the participants falsely remembered that the false event happened, with 27% remembering that they saw the events happen on the news. Political orientation appeared to influence the formation of false memories, with conservatives more likely to falsely remember seeing Barack Obama shaking hands with the president of Iran, and liberals more likely to remember George W. Bush vacationing with a baseball celebrity during the Hurricane Katrina disaster. A follow-up study supported the explanation that events are more easily implanted in memory when they are congruent with a person's preexisting attitudes and evaluations, in part because attitude-congruent false events promote feelings of recognition and familiarity, which in turn interfere with source attributions. [FULL TEXT PDF AVAILABLE HERE] [more inside]
Both novels are ridiculously long. Both were largely ignored by the literary and educational establishments, due to their unmistakable whiff of madness (This fear of insanity is, of course, why the literary and educational establishments always miss out on all the good stuff.) They have both, however, found a devoted readership, been hailed as life changing, and have remained in print since publication. Between them, they explain much of our current twenty-first century world, from the underground anarchism of Anonymous and the shift from hierarchies to networks, to the Tea Party and neo-conservative hijack of American politics and the massive shift in wealth distribution towards the super rich.
Penn Jillette: An Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election. [SLYT]
Via BigThink, "A knowledge forum featuring the ideas, lessons, stories and advice of leading experts from around the world."
Video footage of the legendary Doctor Fox lecture.
"The lecture that Myron L. Fox delivered to the assembled experts had an impressive enough title: 'Mathematical Game Theory as Applied to Physician Education'. Those responsible for running the University of Southern California School of Medicine's psychiatry department's continuing education programme had taken themselves off to Lake Tahoe in northern California for their annual conference and a continuing education program. There, Fox - who was billed as an 'authority on the application of mathematics to human behaviour' - presented the first paper. His polished performance so impressed the audience
of psychiatrists, family doctors and general internists that nobody noticed that the man standing at the lectern wasn't really Myron L. Fox from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine but Michael Fox a movie actor who though having considerable experience in playing doctors in TV shows didn't know the first thing about game theory." [Via]
January 1, 1985
: Earfuls of earrings out, armful of bangles in.
January 1, 1993
: Pellegrino out, Crystal Pepsi in
January 1, 2004
: Viagra out, Levitra in (MetaFilter previously in)
January 1, 2011
: Trolling out, Hacktivism in.
The List: a middlebrow, Beltway elite, mildly insufferable, perennially baffling Washington Post tradition since 1978
(Concave chests out, bosoms in)
Bush's memoir, Decision Points,
gets a Foucauldian
analysis in the London Review of Books.
Awesome quote: "On his first trip to Paris in 2002, Junior, now president of the United States, stood beside Jacques Chirac at a press conference and said: ‘He’s always saying that the food here is fantastic and I’m going to give him a chance to show me tonight.’"(Book mentioned previously.)
Islamic terrorists are more likely to be engineers than members of any other profession--and not because engineers possess superior technological skills. That's the conclusion of a controversial Oxford University study
that has the engineering
's disturbing finding blames what it calls a universal engineering mindset, which it describes as one drawn to structure and rules plus clear, single solutions to complex problems. When coupled with the harsh realities of life in many Islamic countries, terrorism can be the result, the study says.
~ Via EETimes [more inside]
Net Neutrality Update: Comcast admits
to paying people to stack the room in their favor
at a public hearing with FCC commissioners in Boston. Via savetheinternet
Persistence of Myths Could Alter Public Policy Approach.
"The conventional response to myths and urban legends is to counter bad information with accurate information. But the new psychological studies
(PDFs) show that denials and clarifications, for all their intuitive appeal, can paradoxically contribute to the resiliency of popular myths." [Via Firedoglake, more at MindHacks.]
There's been plenty of Bullshit! on MetaFilter before
, and now there's more: Boy Scouts [1
] ("Duty to God ahead of country, others, and self, is the credo of suicide bombers."
); Wal-Mart Hatred
("Wal-Mart is one of the great anti-poverty programmes in the country."
("By the end of this programme, one of these three will drop their pants and show us the restored foreskin on their penis."
); and The Best
("Stupid? How many of you are searching for it on the web right now?"
The Rise Of Bullshit In The Black Community
[YouTube, NSFW] Author/humorist Sabrina Lamb
tackles "the epidemic of bullshit sweeping the black community" in a new book
Magician David Copperfield has succeeded where Alexander the Great
and Ponce De Leon
the fabled Fountain of Youth.
As it turns out, it's conveniently located on his posh resort in the Exuma Chain
, Bahama Islands.
"After our transparently bogus
story and our impossibly shitty video
appeared on the website
... we received a flood of messages from big-shot bigfoot hunters who were dying to find out about [the] footage. Our plan was working." So, Penn and Teller
faked the Sonoma bigfoot footage
. But only the BFRO fell for it
. Conveniently, they deleted
. With so many sasquatch enthusiasts
expressing doubt about the video when it was released, can our favorite Libertarian and mime really use it to prove that bigfoot
after President Bush vowed to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn't mean it literally.
of the large-scale tectonics associated with the Genesis flood...
Characterizing a Fogbank.
A prominent analytic philosopher discusses whether postmodernism is worth taking seriously.
When the president talks to God [8MB wmv, also mov]
Are the conservations brief or long? Suprisingly blunt protest song (lyrics
) performed by Bright Eyes
last night on The Tonight Show. (The single is available as a free download from the iTunes Music Store.)
Harry Frankfurt's "On Bullshit" One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted.... I propose to begin the development of a theoretical understanding of bullshit, mainly by providing some tentative and exploratory philosophical analysis.
Crap - now they FCC Thought Police are going after Pink Floyd. Is nothing sacred?!
WNCX, a local Cleveland "Classic rock" station (who just happens to be the same station that airs The Howard Stern Show in the area) is unable to play Pink Floyd's "Money" because of the use of the word "bullshit" within the song. To be honest, until this was brought to my attention, I had completely overlooked that lyric in the song. But thanks to the FCC War Against Indency, I'm now fully aware of it! What other cases of 'indecency' would you have overlooked had the authorities not brought it to your attention?
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Dissent in the ranks.
US Secretary of State Colin Powell was under persistent pressure from the Pentagon and White House to include questionable intelligence in his report on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction he delivered at the United Nations last February, source: US News and World Report Magazine
. According to the report
, the draft contained such questionable material that Powell lost his temper, throwing several pages in the air and declaring, "I'm not reading this. This is bullshit."
(either that or it's rigged)...
I made up a nice page of pure bullshit
, and the best score I've been able to get is 100% BS, 14 points...
this is after days of looking through EULA's and clickwrap licences for inspiration... Is BA BS? or is it just too smart for me???