What a creative person looks like...

Here's an excerpt from Creative people’s brains really do work differently that I found interesting (highlight mine):

The common traits that people across all creative fields seemed to have in common were an openness to one’s inner life; a preference for complexity and ambiguity; an unusually high tolerance for disorder and disarray; the ability to extract order from chaos; independence; unconventionality; and a willingness to take risks.

Describing this hodgepodge of traits, Barron wrote that the creative genius was “both more primitive and more cultured, more destructive and more constructive, occasionally crazier and yet adamantly saner, than the average person.”

This new way of thinking about creative genius gave rise to some fascinating—and perplexing—contradictions. In a subsequent study of creative writers, Barron and Donald MacKinnon found that the average writer was in the top 15% of the general population on all measures of psychopathology. But strangely enough, they also found that creative writers scored extremely high on all measures of psychological health.**

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Revolutionizing Ourselves
An odd approach for a professional philosopher: "As for idealizing manual labor, Wittgenstein regularly exhorted his colleagues and students to give up philosophy and do something useful for a change. When a gifted young disciple took him at his word and spent the rest of his life toiling away in a canning factory, Wittgenstein was said to be overjoyed."
Featured Ethics Scholar for December: Dennis Gentilin
"To leaders, I simply say this – what should concern you most are the things you don’t know because people are afraid to tell you"
How important are high school courses to college performance? Less than you might think
"students with one more year of high school instruction in physics, psychology, economics, or sociology on average have grades in their first college course in the same subject just 0.003 to 0.2 points higher on a four-point scale. ... these trivially small differences hold even for students who took exactly the same college course."
Attitudes to in vitro meat: A survey of potential consumers in the United States
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No Republicans Need Apply
"One of the less understood criticisms of progressivism is that it is totalitarian, not in the sense that kale-eating Brooklynites want to build prison camps for political nonconformists (except for the ones who want to lock up global-warming skeptics) but in the sense that it assumes that there is no life outside of politics, that there is no separate sphere of private life, and that church, family, art, and much else properly resides within that sphere."
The Paradox of Redistribution and Strategies of Equality: Welfare State Institutions, Inequality, and Poverty in the Western Countries
"our comparative analyses of the effects of different institutional types of welfare states on poverty and inequality indicate that institutional differences lead to unexpected outcomes and generate the paradox of redistribution: The more we target benefits at the poor and the more concerned we are with creating equality via equal public transfers to all, the less likely we are to reduce poverty and inequality. "
How 'Colorblind' Christianity Broke Propaganda's Heart
"You don’t have to think about Puritans in relation to your own ancestors. Kuyper, probably one of my favorite Dutch Reformers—“there’s no part of the universe God doesn’t cry ‘mine’ over”—was the same man that said the black brain is permanently childish and will always need the white man to help him not kill himself. That’s the same dude. But y’all never had to think about that."
Do Anti-Poverty Programs Sway Voters? Experimental Evidence from Uganda
"after four years, the program raised employment by 17% and earnings 38%. This paper shows that, rather than rewarding the government in elections, beneficiaries increased opposition party membership, campaigning, and voting." Perhaps not the best incentive to get ruling parties to implement plans likely to improve the economy.

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A bit tabloid-ey but given a large enough number of events taking place someone fraudulently claiming gender dysphoria seems likely to happen at some or other whether or not this specific case is that time. How would you judge whether or not the claim is legitimate or not and, given, e.g., Canada's Bill C-16, in certain countries would it even be legal to question such a request? If this is permitted do you think others serving life sentences might opt for a similar path?
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