Archive for March, 2011

Why we overestimate our competence


“We’ve all seen it: the employee who’s convinced she’s doing a great job and gets a mediocre performance appraisal, or the student who’s sure he’s aced an exam and winds up with a D.”

in American Psychological Association

See also The Dunning-Kruger Effect — our incompetence masks our ability to recognize our incompetence


Daylight Saving Time 2011: Why and When Does It Begin?


“Why spring forward? Should daylight savings be stopped? Get the facts.”

in National Geographic.

Computer models of the devastating earthquake that struck Japan Friday


“Seismologists are putting together some impressive computer models of the devastating earthquake that struck Japan Friday. As the tragedy continues to unfold, it’s pretty breathtaking to see the Earth’s destructive power in action.”


Software Progress Beats Moore’s Law


“A report by an independent group of science and technology advisers to the White House, published last December, cited research showing that performance gains in doing computing tasks that result from improvements in software algorithms often far outpace the gains attributable to faster processors.”


Inoculation Against Stereotype


“New research provides evidence that female instructors may be key to encouraging talented female STEM students to stay in those disciplines.”

Jon Stewart: Teachers Have it Too Good (Daily Show: Crisis in Dairyland – For Richer and Poorer – Teachers and Wall Street)


“Jon Stewart had to do it. He had to connect the dots. We’re going after the public servants trying to do some good. But how about the non-contributing bankers who kept their personal gravy train rolling at taxpayer expense? Or the hedge fund managers who pay dramatically lower taxes than almost anyone reading this site? 15%??? Ultimately, this all gets down to who funds your next election. Banks do. Kids and public servants don’t. David Brooks makes that point rather well. I’m all for sacrifice, but let’s make it fair and shared. Or is that idea too “socialist” (or what we quaintly used to call “democratic”)?”

in Open Culture

Video from The Daily Show