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Watch it while it lasts: our golden age of television

For David Chase, HBO was the last port of call. He had spent the previous year shopping his idea for a new drama series...

TV

Now THAT was music

One grim day (when youth is over) you find that new music gets on your nerves. But why do our musical tastes freeze over?<i>By Lary Wallace</i>Read at Aeon

Music

“Mindless Eating,” or how to send an entire life of research into question

Now questioning: 3,700 citations in 25 different journals—and eight books—over 20+ years.<p>Brian Wansink didn’t mean to spark an investigative fury …

Research

The Outer Limits of Reason

Numbers are the most exact concepts we have. There is no haziness with the idea of 42. It is not a subjective idea where every person has their own …

Language

Dreaming Outside Our Heads

Sooner or later any theory of consciousness must address this question: How can it be that during sleep, but very occasionally in waking moments too, …

Consciousness

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All

Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.<p>As Christmas approached in 2015, the price of …

eCommerce

Maybe moderate drinking isn't so good for you after all

We generally assume moderate drinking (two standard drinks per day) is good for our health.<p>This idea comes from studies over the past three decades …

Alcohol

Incongruity in humor, art, and science

<i>(Originally published here)</i><b>“One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.”</b><b>-Groucho Marx</b> Like most jokes, …

American Philosophy

The Unexceptional Racism of Andrew Sullivan

<i>Detail from the cover of William Petersen's</i> Japanese Americans: Oppression and Success <i>(1971).</i><p>Let’s start at the end.<p>In the final paragraph of his …

Racism

Starling Marte and Home Runs in the Era of PED Testing

<i>This is Joe Sheehan’s’s third piece as part of his April residency at FanGraphs. A founding member of Baseball Prospectus, Joe currently publishes an</i> …

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

In the middle of an economic recovery, hundreds of shops and malls are shuttering. The reasons why go far beyond Amazon.<p>From rural strip-malls to Manhattan’s avenues, it has been a disastrous two years for retail.<p>There have been nine retail bankruptcies in 2017—as many as all of 2016. J.C. Penney, …

eCommerce

How to Know If You've Sent a Horrible Tweet

A deep dive into The Ratio.<p>The recent United Airlines "re-accommodation" was a perfect illustration for how not to handle everything, from how police interact with citizens, to how corporations treat paying customers, to dealing with a PR crisis. United took to Twitter to on Monday to explain the …

Social Media
Racism

Amex, Challenged by Chase, Is Losing the Snob War

To understand the anxiety inside American Express — which has announced its second consecutive year of declining revenue — you need to know about a story that made its way through the company’s headquarters last fall.<p>A few Amex executives heard that a rival company had enticed a group of young, …

Markets

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by …

Machine Learning

Underlying Political Beliefs

<i>From Liminal Thinking By David Gra</i>y<p>Summary:<p>The media provided extensive coverage of a 2017 draft paper by Princeton professors Case and Deaton …

The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews

A friend of mine once had a curious experience with a job interview. Excited about the possible position, she arrived five minutes early and was immediately ushered into the interview by the receptionist. Following an amicable discussion with a panel of interviewers, she was offered the …

Employment

The ideas of Kenneth Arrow | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal

The recent death of Kenneth Arrow (who was born on 23 August 1921) represents both the loss of one of the transcendent minds in the history of …

Economics
War

Why people prefer unequal societies

Perspective<p>Christina Starmans<br>• , Mark Sheskin<br>• & Paul Bloom<p><i>Nature Human Behaviour</i> <b>1</b>, Article number: 0082 (2017)<p>doi:10.1038/s41562-017-0082<p>Download …

Psychology
David Letterman

Crony Beliefs

<i>Credits up front: This essay draws heavily from Overcoming Bias, Less Wrong, Slate Star Codex, Robert Kurzban, Robert Trivers, Thomas Schelling, and</i> …

Atheism

Did Tiger Woods Truly Matter?

“He Didn’t Fit the Mold of a Revolutionary”<p>Twenty years after Tiger Woods’s historic victory at the 1997 Masters, the golf icon is sitting out the …

Golf

Imaginary spaces

Travel

The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria

In every type of government, nothing unites people behind the leader more quickly, reflexively or reliably than war. Donald Trump now sees how true …

Foreign Policy

The Interplay of Velocity and Effective Velocity

I went to the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix about a month ago, and one of my favorite presentations was by Perry Husband, creator and champion …

Major League Baseball

Terrence Malick Vows to Return to More Structured Filmmaking: ‘I’m Backing Away From That Style Now’

The director's new film "Radegund" will be one of the hottest titles at the Cannes market, especially since it returns him to more structured …

Filmmaking

Blockchain Could Help Artists Profit More from Their Creative Works

Anyone who follows the cultural industries — art, music, publishing, theater, cinema — knows of the tussles between artists and those who feed off of their talents. The traditional food chain in movie-making, for example, is a long one: Between those who create a film and those who pay for it — …

The $3500 Shirt - A History Lesson in Economics

<i>by Eve Fisher</i><p>One of the great advantages of being a historian is that you don't get your knickers in as much of a twist over how bad things are …

Whitney Houston