All Your Wanted to Know About Measurement and Uncertainty



“Creative people tend to see the world in novel and unconventional ways, and they often seek out intense and destabilizing experiences. Creative ideas are frequently generated during chaotic mental states characterized by loosening of associations that resemble the psychosis of mania or schizophrenia.”


Asymetrical Male Adult Face May Reveal Low Childhood Socio-Economic Status

How symmetrical an adult’s face is can reveal a great deal about their childhood — the following factors during childhood may affect a person’s facial features – exposure to tobacco smoke, pollution exposure, nutrition, childhood socioeconomic status, and illnesses.
  • Socioeconomic factors during adulthood do not appear to impact on people’s facial features
  • Those who become rich, but experienced a deprived childhood will have more asymmetrical facial features as a consequence, compared to people with privileged childhoods who became poor later on. Continue reading

I believe X. — “A strong emotional attachment, which might be can be fine for values, is a rationality no-no for factual beliefs, especially controversial ones.”

If you feel tempted to say “I believe X” and can feel your emotions swell with the evil pleasure of attachment via belief, watch out!  Beware that road to rationality ruin.
“People rarely use “I value X” as a roundabout way to express a factual belief.  So their frequently saying “I believe X” as a way to express values seems to me further evidence that people often see values not as irreducible differing preferences, but as conditional values that we would share were it not for differing fact-like beliefs.  That is, we can imagine possible worlds in which the other values would make sense, but we believe we are not in those worlds.”