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The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it sets aside and rejects, in order that by this great and pernicious predetermination the authority of its former conclusion may remain inviolate—Francis Bacon

  • Nice is overrated
    House and Socrates. Two cases, same symptoms. House’s best friends describe him as rude, arrogant, and offensive. He never misses a chance to sarcastically pick people apart. He refuses any administrative or clinic duty. His sharp mind has made him a leading expert in diagnostic medicine, yet he doesn’t write up his medical cases for journals; the “ducklings” – Foreman, Cameron, and Chase – do it for him.

  • You Can't Speed Read Literature
    Speed-reading might be useful for commercial documents, but when it comes to serious writing, it blurs out all the really interesting stuff
  • Mathematical mockery in Wonderland
    The original story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is missing what have become some of the book's most iconic characters and scenes: the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter's tea party, the Knave of Hearts' trial, and several other great moments. Why did Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) add them later? According to Alice scholar Melanie Bayley, Dodgson, a mathematician by day, created the scenes to make fun of edgy math ideas floating around at the time.
    A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences might make him happy. In it, psychologists Janet Hyde and Janet Mertz, from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, used data from math aptitude tests to show that among top math performers, the gender gap doesn’t exist in some ethnic groups and in some countries. The researchers conclude that culture is the main reason more men excel at the highest math levels in most countries.
  • Weathering the Storm of Stupidity
  • James Randi, Global Warming and the Nature of Scepticism
  • Why climatologists used the tree-ring data ‘trick’
  • the skeptics’ circle comes to weird things
  • Atheists Can't Think for Themselves (tip to Chris)



As someone once said, "Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."

I agree that "nice is overrated," but the article would've been more compelling if it had stuck to real people -- H.L. Mencken or Nikola Tesla, say -- rather than a fictional character from a mediocre teevee show.

There you go again, Norm, with more librul propaganda. Everyone knows that girls only do better on math tests now because they changed the tests to make them easier for girls.

Hey, I'm just trying to find an explanation for why Susie consistently scored higher that I did on our math tests.

Because she did her homework and paid attention in class.

It's not your fault; this kind of stuff comes easier for chicks.

People who think speed reading involves any degradation in comprehension don't know how to speed read. The reverse is true. Speed reading improves comprehension and this has been verified pretty much without exception. The only caveat is that the reader must be entirely familiar with the vocabulary of the document being read. This often makes documents like legal agreements, commercial or scientific more difficult to speed read.

Speed reading improves comprehension and this has been verified pretty much without exception.

Where's the evidence? I did a little google searching and the only study that even came close to making the case looked to be paid for by the company marketing the program and the number of participants was extremely small. The methodology also seemed a little dodgy to me.

I speed-read through all of JB's posts and that does make them more understandable.

How appropriate! JB speed writes them.

Ooh, burn!

nooo-oorm! andyo's bein' mean to me again! send him to his room without supper, and take away his cellphone for 3 days like you said! i don't wanna have to get my boyfriend to kick his ass like last time! i heard he cried like a little girl.


Be nice Andyo, remember the Becker family has been picked on for thousand's of year and Jonathan has a bit of an inferiority complex. Why do you think he eschews capital letters in his missives.

What, not even an all caps OUCH? How about I give you a holiday gift, all 26 letters in caps. Think of all the fun you can have with them.


don't want. make it go away.

Ah, I see. One of my rules for speed-reading JB is to skip any sentence with the J word.


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