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Oh boy, this is a little all over the place, but that means that there’s a whole lot for everybody to read.

Using Math to Put Art in Perspective

Wolfram Alpha continues to be amazing. Watch algorithms add to your favorite paintings.

Can Ghana Survive Oil?

Oil is a profitable natural resource. Norway has ridden the oil in its northern sea to an enviable position in the world. But nations with weaker civil institutions have not fared as well when oil is found. Unable to use government to reign in their elites, African, Asian and Middle Eastern nations have wilted under the iron fist of greatly enriched elites. Ghana is a leading African nation, it stands as a benchmark most emerging African nations aspire to. Now that it has found a great source of oil, will it be able to survive?

The Effects of Uniform on Perception and Behavior?

It is an effect first documented in the Stanley Milgram Experiment. People have inherent biases based on attire. This is an exploration of the effect that the new military-style uniforms police are starting to use. Inspired by the regalia of the Ferguson Riot Police, you’ll see what’s in store as police militarization increases.

 An opus on Race and the Legal System

Cogent, logical, fair. I like this. I learned a lot, was surprised by a lot, and then there’s still a lot that’s very very depressing.

The best breakdown of prejudice and segregation ever

Using cute polygons, game theory and simple interface this is an amazing site that demonstrates once all for all the insidiousness of even a little prejudice. Without being political, the costs of prejudice are easily intuited and a case for challenging prejudice is well made.

The SJW takedown of traditional debate

Debate, like high school debate, is now the next front for confronting white establishment. Interesting, though I’m not sure I whole-heartedly agree with the premise that African Americans cannot compete in institutional settings. Just because whites developed the structures does not make them inherently bad.

Why are some high schools more clique-y than others?

Using The Breakfast Club as the cultural lens, this article explores the variation in social group formation for teens. It found it very interesting, and, given that I only went to one high school, pretty accurate. I like that the research focused on how institutional pressures are so determinative in terms of enforcing or weakening hierarchy. I would like to see more from this, to see how these impacts play out over the course of a lifetime.

Truth v OOOh a butterfly!

This is played out all of the time. People just simply prefer a good story to the truthful one. Ultimately accuracy has little to no added value when comparing narrative. The article is short, and, thankfully, interesting.


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