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Call of Duty: World War II multiplayer lets you fight as anyone, history be damned
"My rifle was held high and, running full bore, I drove its bayonet into their chest ... This is not an unusual sight for a Call of Duty game. ... But right there, in my first demo of the upcoming Call of Duty: World War II, I noticed a big difference. I’d just killed a woman. A black woman. A black woman in a German uniform." Black Nazi female soldiers wasn't quite what I was expecting the "social justice" movement to result in.
Open-Plan Offices Kill Productivity, According to Science - A huge study of 40,000+ workers in 300+ companies revealed that open-plan offices don't work
I really don't like cubicles.
Is it raining on the suicide prevention parade to point out that promising interventions are not effective?
"to point out some attractive and promising approaches do not work invites a lot of criticism. ... I think a quote from Richard Feynman is particularly appropriate: 'We are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress.""

Alvin Toffler on learning and relearning

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. - Alvin Toffler

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Strikingly Low Agreement in the Appraisal of Motion Pictures
Movie watcher's "ratings correlate only weakly with the judgment of professional movie critics"
In Australia, a private prison company gets a bonus for every freed inmate who does not come back
This seems like an interesting incentive to get private prison operators to promote rehabilitation.
Why we need data on what the poorest think
"The World Bank recently ... asked their own staff to what extent they imagined poorer and richer people in three countries would agree with the statement: ‘What happens to me in the future mostly depends on me.’ Bank staff predicted that around 20 per cent of poor people would agree with the statement. In fact, more than 80 per cent of poor people felt that what happened to them in the future depended on their own efforts – four times as many as the World Bank staff had predicted, and about the same proportion as richer people. It’s worth letting that sink in. Here we have staff in one of the most powerful development agencies in the world, freely assuming that the people whom they are employed to work with, and for, feel passive and helpless when in fact the opposite is the case. These perceptions have consequences."

Other people think like you

I've been talking a lot lately about how other people often don't think like you. What I wanted to emphasize here instead are ways in which other people probably do think like you but which are often underestimated. Here are two examples:


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