Quote of the day
Even if, in our slow thinking, we work to avoid discrimination, it can easily creep into our fast thinking. Our snap judgments rely on all the associations we have—from fictional television shows to news reports. They use stereotypes, both the accurate and the inaccurate, both those we would want to use and ones we find repulsive.
~Sendhil Mullainathan, author of Scarcity
The Economist’s recent list of the 25 most influential economists did not include a single woman. Many male former central bankers and regional Federal Reserve Bank governors were included on the list, but the Economist gave itself a special rule to exclude active central bankers, which meant that Janet Yellen—arguably the world’s most influential economist—didn’t make the list.
These days, unpacking the secrets to viral success has been the mission of researchers, media organizations and businesses alike. After all, infectious content leads to major rewards in the form of readers, subscribers, advertisers, raising awareness for an important issue, brand recognition and financial success.
If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, don’t turn to raw food or a Paleo menu in 2015. Those were two of the least effective regimes in US News & World Report’s ranking of 2015 diets.
Ever wonder where the next startup boom might happen around the world?
A more complex brain isn’t always a better one. In information integration tasks, rats applied what they learned more quickly.
Scientists have discovered that white grapes contain the same pigments that give red wine its colour, suggesting that ‘white’ wine may not really exist.
In the words of Hugh Jackman, the flat white is ‘like a latte with a little less milk and more espresso’ – but it’s actually a bit more complicated (and pretentious) than that.
There are few filmmakers who have inspired as many supercuts, montages, andvideo essays as Alfred Hitchcock, but “The Hitchcock Gallery,” created by filmmaker Steven Benedict, may be the most impressive yet.
Overwriting is the most pervasive of all the fatal flaws of fiction writing. Overwriting includes clunky wording, wordiness in general, use of unneccesary words, purple prose, vagueness, repetition, excessive punctuation, and muddled meaning. Writers need to take a “seek and destroy” approach to eliminating extra words and rewriting for clarity and succinctness.
Writing is about revision. Successful use of metaphor emerges from the revision process.