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Sunday, May 27

27th May - Weekender: Off-Topic

Weekend's truly off-topic but nevertheless interesting article links. 

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Score One for the Robo-TutorsInside Higher Ed
In experiments at six public universities, students assigned randomly to statistics courses that relied heavily on “machine-guided learning” software -- with reduced face time with instructors -- did just as well, in less time, as their counterparts in traditional, instructor-centric versions of the courses.

Google's Self-Driving Car Gets Mixed ReviewsKTVZ
New Car Brings Thrills, Disappointment

BizDaily: Technology and ethicsBBC (mp3)
What are the rights and wrong of sending robots to war? Lesley Curwen meets innovators pushing the boundaries of technology and ethics at the Future In Review (FiRe) conference in California. The actress Julia Ormond tells us about using mobile phones to combat human trafficking. And Sheryl Connelly a futurologist at Ford tells us how they anticipate what cars the customers of 2030 will want to drive.

Chimps' personalities are like people's, study saysBBC
For years experts have debated whether great apes truly display human-like personalities - or if such behaviour is simply the anthropomorphic projections of human observers.

Interview with Daniel Kahneman: Debunking the Myth of IntuitionSpiegel
Can doctors and investment advisers be trusted? And do we live more for experiences or memories? In a SPIEGEL interview, Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman discusses the innate weakness of human thought, deceptive memories and the misleading power of intuition.

Why We LieWSJ
We like to believe that a few bad apples spoil the virtuous bunch. But research shows that everyone cheats a little—right up to the point where they lose their sense of integrity.

How Neuroscientists and Magicians Are Conjuring Brain InsightsSciAm
Why are scientists working with sleight-of-hand artists? Their tricks, honed through the decades, have revealed that people respond to certain situations in specific ways. Like detectives looking for new leads to solve a mystery, scientists can mine magicians’ knowledge for ideas to test in the lab.

The Neuroscience of EffortWired
Such are the moment-by-moment melodramas of work. It’s a constant cycle of intrinsic motivation battling against extrinsic tedium, persistence against pleasure. We know what we need to do. And yet, it’s always so much easier to do what we want to do.

Is there a cure for boredom?Barking up the wrong tree

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'I Was There': On Kurt VonnegutThe Nation
“The cruelest thing you can do to Kerouac,” Hanif Kureishi has a character say in The Buddha of Suburbia, “is reread him at thirty-eight.” If that was true, I wondered as I opened the first two volumes of the Library of America’s ongoing series of the complete novels, then what of Vonnegut at a decade older still?

Philip K. Dick, Sci-Fi Philosopher, Part 1NYT
Philip K. Dick is arguably the most influential writer of science fiction in the past half century. In his short and meteoric career, he wrote 121 short stories and 45 novels.

Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompsonbrainpickings

Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Lifebrain pickings
In Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life, Barnaby Conrad and Monte Schulz, son of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, bring a delightfully refreshing lens to the writing advice genre by asking 30 famous authors and entertainers to each respond to a favorite Snoopy comic strip with a 500-word essay on the triumphs and tribulations of the writing life.

Advice on writing research articlesAndrew Gelman
I’m going to start with my general advice after reading and commenting on the two articles sent to me. I think this advice should be of interest to nearly all the readers of this blog. Then I’ll link to the articles and give some detailed comments.

Beam Me Out Of This Death Trap, ScottyWashington Monthly
This April 1980 Washington Monthly cover story on the problems and progress of NASA's space shuttle program was written one year before Columbia's first launch in 1981.

The Zero-G SpotOutside
Michael Behar has a simple fantasy: to be the first man on the planet to join the 100-mile-high club. But as he discovers in his hot pursuit of the big bang, he's hardly alone. In fact, cosmic copulation has become the hottest craze since the Kama Sutra.

King of the CosmosPlayboy
A profile of Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist

Columbia's Last Flight (2003)The Atlantic
The inside story of the investigation—and the catastrophe it laid bare

Into Orbit – and Beyond (1998)The Atlantic
How was the first space flight covered in the media

The Coming Trip Around The MoonThe New Republic
Original article from the early days

FiveBooks Interviews: Tariq Ramadan on Islam in the WestThe Browser
The Islamic scholar and commentator tells us what it means to be Muslim and Western, and explains how mainstream views get trapped between noisy extremism and a sensation-seeking media

FiveBooks Interviews: John Quiggin on UtopiaThe Browser
The Australian economist and author of Zombie Economics says we need to inspire people with a view of a better society that we can achieve within our available resources

Envisioning Real Utopias: alternatives within and beyond capitalismLSE
Professor Erik Olin Wright argues that we can be simultaneously utopian and practical by pursuing projects for social transformation within capitalism that point us in an emancipatory direction beyond capitalism.

Tattoos in Japan: The shogun of OsakaThe Economist
A revealing political crackdown on a usually hidden form of art

Re-thinking the ‘War on Drugs’: Insights from the US and
Illegal drugs are one of the planet’s most pressing problems. They shatter hundreds of millions of lives and wreak untold social, economic and political damage in both consuming and producing nations. In this column, ex-President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo introduces an eBook he edited on the issue that points very strongly in the direction of a serious reconsideration of drug policy.

FiveBooks Interviews: Louise Foxcroft on the History of Medicine and AddictionThe Browser
The historian prescribes reading on medical practices of the past, from treatments of madness and non-existent disease, to drug use and the origins of hypochondria

The end of fish, in one chartWonkblog / WP
Want to see how severely we humans are scouring the oceans for fish? Check out this striking map from the World Wildlife Fund’s 2012 “Living Planet Report.”

The Art of Scientific Investigation (1957), Part I: The Role of Chance-Opportunism and Openness in Creativity and Discoverybrainpickings
“To be perfectly original one should think much and read little, and this is impossible, for one must have read before one has learnt to think.”

Jamming Tripoli: Inside Moammar Gadhafi’s Secret Surveillance NetworkWired