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This week I finished my series on the Placebo Effect by venturing into non-medicinal domains. Placebos are everywhere, hidden in plain sight.
What if most of our major contemporary problems stem from housing being too expensive? This provocative essay links housing price with a myriad of modern issues like obesity, families shrinking, lack of inequality and innovation. Is this really the theory of everything?
For decades, 10% to 20% of American gun owners were women. However, last year this has jumped up to almost 50 percent. 15% -> ~47% is a pretty notable demographic shift. Guns are so ingrained in America, trying to get rid of it is futile. All it does is probably alienates a large portion of voters.
Recent survey results from Pew Research, show that a majority of Americans prefer a neighborhood with larger homes and yards, but where driving is a must to get to schools, stores, and restaurants, versus a neighborhood where amenities are in walking distance, but the homes are smaller and closer together. The survey also suggests that the strongest predictor iss political identification. Self-identified conservatives are more likely to favor the spread-out, auto-oriented community: 77% to 22%, versus 42% to 57% in favor of the walkable community for self-proclaimed liberals. This survey is fundamentally flawed. Walkable communities are so few and far between in America outside of the coasts, most people never had the experience of living in one.
A recent article on the future of weight loss is interesting. Willpower is domain dependent and we live in a hyper artificial environment. Tasty food is everywhere, most people work sedentary jobs and not everyone’s willpower works in the dietary domain. However, being obese comes with extreme health implications. We saw with Covid that you can easily die. So there is a market for all types of surgeries and drugs.
Losing your mind for 700 followers. Sad to see.
Height is not only an objective measurement, it’s affected by status and authority.
Sean McClure explains why ignoring details is useful. Why high-level thinking is superior to detailed reasoning.
Facebook released its own sunglasses with a camera and microphone. Unlike other attempts at this concept, the cameras look hidden and people will not notice you can take pictures or record audio. This product seems like a leap. Zuckerberg’s ultimate goal is to eventually release a pair of smart glasses that fully augment reality, which puts a kind of virtual overlay onto the world in front of people.
We are in the midst of a homeschooling boom. The US Census Bureau reported that, between the spring of 2020 and the beginning of the new school year later that fall, the number of homeschooling families had doubled, to 11.1 percent of all US households. The Professor Bryan Kaplan just wrote a blog about how he homeschooled his kids.
Ötzi the Iceman: What we know 30 years after one of the greatest archeological discoveries of all time
In the first half of 2021, coal shot up as the biggest contributor to Germany's electric grid, while wind power dropped to its lowest level since 2018. Unfortunately, the wind didn’t blow much this year so. Germany and other European countries had to rely on coal power.
Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte get all the credit for ensuring dance music’s future beyond standard, orchestrated disco, but the same year that they dropped “I Feel Love,” a French producer was just as forward-thinking.
Cerrone harnessed a drum machine (a rarity back then), dueling basslines (one of which bobbed up and down octaves, much like Moroder’s), and a lecherous guitar to craft his own version of Eurodisco.
As futuristic as the music is, the lyrical content—a revenge tale pitting Mother Nature against the men who tried to change her (via genetic modification)—was even more so. It would be years before the influence of “Supernature” would truly be felt (from 1981 to 1983, or the period regarded as Italo disco’s creative heyday), but you can’t blame people for not wanting to even attempt this for a while.
Here’s a fun remix