Yes, You’re Irrational, and Yes, That’s OK

Illustration by Michael Meister The insight that will save you from being manipulated. By David Berreby Imagine that (for some reason involving cultural tradition, family pressure, or a shotgun) you suddenly have to get married. Fortunately, there are two candidates. One is charming and a lion in bed but an idiot about money. The other has a reliable income and fantastic financial sense but is, on the other fronts, kind of meh. Which would you choose? Sound like six of one, half-dozen of the other? Many would say so. But that can change when a third person is added to … Continue reading Yes, You’re Irrational, and Yes, That’s OK

Nostalgia Just Became a Law of Nature

Photo by pretty life photography New theories have mixed perception and knowledge into the hardest of sciences. By Simon DeDeo John Ruskin called it the pathetic fallacy: to see rainstorms as passionate, drizzles as sad, and melting streams as innocent. After all, the intuition went, nature has no human passions. Imagine Ruskin’s surprise, then, were he to learn that the mathematics of perception, knowledge, and experience lie at the heart of modern theories of the natural world. Quite contrary to his stern intuition, quantitative relationships appear to tie hard, material laws to soft qualities of mind and belief. The story … Continue reading Nostalgia Just Became a Law of Nature

Thoughts on Bankruptcy by Voltaire

Robert Couse-Baker (CC BY 2.0) By Marcie Gainer Excerpted from Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary. Few bankruptcies were known in France before the sixteenth century. The great reason is that there were no bankers. Lombards, Jews lent on security at ten per cent: trade was conducted in cash. Exchange, remittances to foreign countries were a secret unknown to all judges. It is not that many people were not ruined; but that was not called bankruptcy; one said discomfiture; this word is sweeter to the ear. One used the word rupture as did the Boulonnais; but rupture does not sound so well. The … Continue reading Thoughts on Bankruptcy by Voltaire

British people are sexually uptight, dirty and drink too much – according to Spanish book

by Lamiat Sabin British people like to drink too much and would rather complete a crossword than have sex, according to a book published in Spain. Alberto Letona somewhat helpfully seeks to dispel the idea that Brits are hooligans who get blind-drunk in Spanish resorts by replacing them with a few dubious stereotypes of his own. The author of Sons and Daughters of Great Britain describes the populace of Britain as stingy and liking alcohol too much – according to The Times. Brits also have trouble with intimacy, allegedly. It is a “trait” that has long been lampooned in home-grown … Continue reading British people are sexually uptight, dirty and drink too much – according to Spanish book

In “Paranormal” Europe, Banks Will Pay You To Borrow, And Charge You To Save

Source: Zero Hedge A month ago, we wrote about a bizarre situation involving Denmark’s now totally broken monetary system, where as a result of an unprecedented scramble to weaken the currency in order to preserve the peg to the Euro the central bank unleashed a historic rate-cutting scramble, where in 4 consecutive rate cuts its pushed the interest rate to an unheard of -0.75% (while at the same time being the first modern central bank to unveil what we dubbed “Bizarro Backdoor QE“). The culmination of this series of events was the surreal realization by some debtors that the bank … Continue reading In “Paranormal” Europe, Banks Will Pay You To Borrow, And Charge You To Save

French and Americans: Freedom ‘Brothers at Odds’ (O Globo, Brazil)

  By Helio Gurovitz Translated By Brandi Miller “Ask an American what he or she thinks of the French: They are arrogant they’ll say, stuck in the past, a culture that thinks it’s superior, lazy, defenders of privilege, a set-in-their-ways society, hostages of an economic model whose wreck is evident – and a curse in the United States: ‘socialists.’ Now, ask any Frenchman what he or she thinks of Americans: A smug, unrefined people who don’t understand life’s pleasures, don’t know how to eat or drink, only think about money, weapons and power, have delusions of grandeur and disrespect the … Continue reading French and Americans: Freedom ‘Brothers at Odds’ (O Globo, Brazil)

New study: Marijuana 144 times safer than alcohol

By John Vibes | True Activist A new study, published in the journal, ‘Scientific Reports,’ suggests that smoking cannabis is roughly 114 times safer than drinking alcohol. Ironically, out of all the drugs that were researched in the study, alcohol was actually the most dangerous, and it was the only legal drug on the list. Just behind alcohol, heroin and cocaine were listed as the next most dangerous, followed by tobacco, ecstasy, and meth. The criteria that these drugs were arranged by, was according to the likelihood of a person dying from consuming a lethal dose.“The results confirm that the … Continue reading New study: Marijuana 144 times safer than alcohol