Weekly Link Roundup #3

I spend a lot of time on the internet, reading various articles from a wide variety of places. Recently, I’ve decided to collect these stories in this weekly blog segment, so I can share cool articles, videos, and other web-things with anyone who wants to do a lot of clicking and reading.

So enjoy this third Weekly Link Roundup, and if you need more links, feel free to check out Week #1 and Week #2.

  • The Dangers of Being Wrong on Keynes: “The central irony of financial crises is that they’re caused by too much borrowing, too much confidence and too much spending, and they’re solved by more confidence, more borrowing and more spending”.
  • Why and How to Debate Charitably: “But when things really break down, it’s when the respondent sees possible implications and assigns them too-high probabilities and then fails to give the speaker the benefit of the doubt when they disclaim those assertions.”
  • Congress Continues Debate Over Whether Or Not Nation Should Be Economically Ruined [Onion]: “Members of the U.S. Congress reported Wednesday they were continuing to carefully debate the issue of whether or not they should allow the country to descend into a roiling economic meltdown of historically dire proportions.”
  • Einstein Cross [Wikipedia]: “Four images of the same distant quasar appear around a foreground galaxy due to strong gravitational lensing.”
  • G.O.P. Governors Swing Right, Leaving Voters Behind: “If the states are laboratories of democracy, then the Republican Party’s research pipeline has run dry. Moderate Republican governors, a thriving species before last year’s elections, are all but extinct.”
  • 20 Things You Need to Know About Albert Einstein: “Everything you need to know about the smartest man of the 20th century.”
  • Equation: How GPS Bends Time: “According to Einstein’s special theory of relativity, a clock that’s traveling fast will appear to run slowly from the perspective of someone standing still. Satellites move at about 9,000 mph—enough to make their onboard clocks slow down by 8 microseconds per day from the perspective of a GPS gadget and totally screw up the location data.”
  • Cosmic Collisions Galore: Pictures of colliding galaxies as taken by the Hubble Telescope.
  • Apologist Josh McDowell: Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians: “Atheists and skeptics now have equal access to our children as we have, which is why the number of Christian youth who believe in the fundamentals of Christianity is decreasing and sexual immorality is growing, apologist Josh McDowell said.”
  • Coming Out in China: The True Cost of Being Gay in Beijing: “That was in the mid-1990s, when the term homosexuality was far from ordinary in Chinese people’s life. Zhang couldn’t find anyone similar to him, and he thought he was strange. He couldn’t tell his parents, sure that they wouldn’t be able to understand.”
  • Protected from Myself: “Because, when I look over my history, I find that my ethics have, above all, protected me from myself. They weren’t inconveniences. They were safety rails on cliffs I didn’t see.”
  • Rule Breaker – The Biology of Ethics: “For people familiar with Churchland’s work over the past four decades, her desire to bring the brain into the discussion [of Ethics] will come as no surprise: She has long made the case that philosophers must take account of neuroscience in their investigations.”
  • How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans: “If we are truly a democracy—if voters get to size up candidates for a public office and choose the one they want—why don’t the elections seem to change anything? Because we elect our leaders, and they then govern, in a system that makes cooperation almost impossible and incivility nearly inevitable, a system in which the campaign season never ends and the struggle for party advantage trumps all other considerations.”
  • Is it Cold in Here? – Feminism at CERN: “It doesn’t have to be this way; as Sandler discovered, this is changeable behavior. That’s why I’m offering a Manifesto for Change, and I challenge those in the skeptic/atheist community to implement its principles.”
  • Optimal Philanthropy for Human Beings: “Giving to optimal charities instead of average charities can multiply one person’s impact 10, 100, or maybe 1000 times. Now multiply that change in impact by a hundred, thousand, or million people who have been persuaded by the simple math and equipped with the psychology of giving. That’s a big impact.”
  • The Apologist and the Revolutionary: “Rationalists complain that most people are too willing to make excuses for their positions, and too unwilling to abandon those positions for ones that better fit the evidence. And most people really are pretty bad at this. But certain stroke victims called anosognosiacs are much, much worse.”


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