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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Financial investment supervisors do not comprehend how to rate funds handled by black individuals

Financial investment supervisors do not comprehend how to rate funds handled...

Science has struggled to increase the diversity of the research community, trying to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to contribute to humanity's advances. But science's struggles are nothing compared to those of the financial industry, where only about 1% of fund managers are women or minorities. While there have been some efforts made…
Young boys, the rich, and Canadians (?) talk the most BS

Young boys, the rich, and Canadians (?) talk the most BS

The existence of what's colloquially known as "bullshit"—a combination of lies, exaggerations, and inaccuracies that makes it hard to figure out what the truth is—is familiar to all of us. Most of us have come across an individual so skilled in deploying it to advance their goals that we refer to them as "bullshit artists."…
Behind the Curve a remarkable research study of reality-challenged beliefs

Behind the Curve a remarkable research study of reality-challenged beliefs

There's a scene somewhere in the middle of a new flat Earth documentary that acts as metaphor for so much that surrounds it. Two of the central figures of Behind the Curve are visiting a spaceflight museum that pays tribute to NASA, an organization that they believe is foisting a tremendous lie on an indoctrinated…
Individuals embrace fabricated social guidelines to be part of a group

Individuals embrace fabricated social guidelines to be part of a group

If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you follow them? For parents, it's meant to be a rhetorical question—a way of winning any argument that begins with "But all my friends are..." But behavioral science has been revealing that adults will do a long list of stupid things simply to maintain bonds within social…
Political radicals do not assess their own mistakes– about anything

Political radicals do not assess their own mistakes– about anything

What makes some people radical and prone to taking extreme views on topics? Radical, violent political movements have received a lot of attention in the news cycle, while non-violent radicalism is a significant impediment to the compromises that are necessary to build a functional society. At the same time some things we now take as…
Hereditary details as self-fulfilling prediction

Hereditary details as self-fulfilling prediction

If the TV ads are at all effective, plenty of people will be getting the gift of their genetic tests this Christmas. These tests frequently allow people to explore their inherited tendencies toward health problems and, in some cases, may suggest lifestyle changes to ward off future problems—although studies have indicated that few people do.…

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