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Daniel Kahneman On Misery, Memory, And Our Understanding Of The Mind

Economic theory rests on a simple notion about humans: people are rational. They seek out the best information. They measure costs and benefits, and maximize pleasure and profit. This idea of the rational economic actor has been around for centuries.<p>But about 50 years ago, two psychologists …

Daniel Kahneman

Arthur Schopenhauer on the Relationship Between Genius and Madness and How Memory Mediates the Blurry Line Between Sanity and Insanity

“Every advance of intellect beyond the ordinary measure, as an abnormal development, disposes to madness.”<p><i>“I don’t believe insanity is either a requirement or a guarantee for brilliance,”</i> cosmologist Janna Levin wrote in her elegant inquiry into madness and genius. And yet the cooccurrence of the …

Philip K. Dick Is Getting an Anthology Show, Courtesy of Bryan Cranston and Ronald D. Moore

“Ronald D. Moore, Bryan Cranston, and Philip K. Dick” are three names you probably never expected to see in the same sentence together. But that’s …

Open Data Science with R and Anaconda

Make Life Easier & More Powerful with Anaconda<p>Easily Manage, Collaborate & Scale Out Your Data Science on Hadoop<p>R is a powerful Open Data Science language, adored by statisticians, analysts and data scientists across the globe.<p>But managing packages and dependencies in R is frustrating. Making other …

Android Experiments is a gallery of apps that make the best of Android

Yesterday we wrote about three new Android apps to come out of Google’s Creative Lab, which at the time we had trouble making sense of as at first glance since they all seemed like trivial products without clear meaning. Now their existence makes more sense with the launch of a new community …

Striking Geek Art by Craig Drake — AKIRA, STAR WARS, TRON, and More

Scrap your MapReduce! (Or, Introduction to Apache Spark)

You might have heard that Spark recently broke the previous record for sort benchmark. That drove lot of attention towards Spark. In this post, I …

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Hilarious 1977 STAR WARS Review Tears Movie Apart

Starting data analysis/wrangling with R: Things I wish I'd been told

October 14, 2014, [MD]<p>R is a very powerful open source environment for data analysis, statistics and graphing, with thousands of packages available. …

Creating elegant HTML presentations that feature R code (using slidify )

We recently overhauled our R workshop to improve the flow and add a little style. For several years we created workshop slides using Sweave, LaTeX …

35 Geeky Stocking Stuffers Under $15

Last year, we gave you 15 geeky stocking stuffer ideas, and this year we’ve decided to up our game. Whether you’re a gag-gifting Santa or an 8-bit-giving elf, we’ve got you covered. Target’s $1 section may be a stocking stuffer wonderland, but we’ve come up with 35 geeky stocking stuffers that’ll …

Darth Vader

The 35 Greatest Murder Mystery Movies Ever Made

Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer …

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The Best Fat-Burning Breakfasts

Colin Anderson—Blend Images/Corbis<p>Getty Images<p>Matt Hogan/www.mphoganphoto.com<p>Jim Wilson—The New York Times/Redux<p>Getty Images<p>Celin Serbo—Aurora …

Silicon Valley

20 Free Fonts for Minimalistic Designs

New projects require new fonts, right? There are a lot of free fonts that are quite popular and can be seen almost everywhere around the web, for …

Typography

Fonts for Code

Input is a flexible system of fonts designed specifically for code by David Jonathan Ross. It offers both monospaced and proportional fonts, all with …

Typography

This post on my blog tackles the question "has global warming…

This post on my blog tackles the question <b>"has global warming slowed?"</b>:<p>This is both a climate physics question and a statistics question.<p>The graph here shows the statistics question in simplified form. The blue bars say how much global mean surface temperature exceeds the 1950-1980 average. The red and dashed curves use a <b>smoothing spline</b> to fit a smooth curve to this data. They both use the same algorithm: they differ only in the setting of a smoothing parameter. Which is correct? What does …

reshape2 1.4

Categories: News Packages<p>reshape2 1.4 is now available on CRAN. This version adds a number of useful arguments and messages, but mostly importantly …

How to Follow Up Without Being Annoying

No one wants to be annoying or bothersome to a professional contact, especially when you want a job, meeting, sales dollars, or something else very …

Employment

MapReduce with R on Hadoop and Amazon EMR

You all know why MapReduce is fancy – so let’s just jump right in. I like researching data and I like to see results fast – does that mean I enjoy …

Lab mice fear men but not women, and that's a big problem for science

A new study casts doubt on decades of research<p>The history of science is one chock-full of mice and men. Historically, biological and medical research has largely depended on rodents, which provide scientists with everything from cells and organs to behavioral data. That's why a new study in which …