"How CGI Transformed Animated Storytelling"

Found this kind of interesting:

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Mass–Elite Divides in Aversion to Social Change and Support for Donald Trump
"Aversion to social change is strongly predictive of support for Trump at the mass level, even among racial minorities. But attitudes are far more accepting of social change among elites than the public and aversion to social change is not a factor explaining elite Trump support."
Researchers are keeping pig brains alive outside the body
A step towards Futurama-style head jars?
Creativity at the Knowledge Frontier: The Impact of Specialization in Fast- and Slow-paced Domains
"the pace of change in a knowledge domain shapes the relative return from being a specialist or a generalist. We show that generalist scientists performed best when the pace of change was slower and their ability to draw from diverse knowledge domains was an advantage in the field, but specialists gained advantage when the pace of change increased and their deeper expertise allowed them to use new knowledge created at the knowledge frontier."

The shape of Democratic party

I came across this tweet recently:

It hints that appointing candidates from particular demographic groups might tone down the rhetoric somethwat. It also seems to be that this has a chance to better represent the position of non-white members of the Democratic party. Take a look at these figures:

I find it unsurprising that such individuals might weight relatively heavily the implications as to civil rights / racism when it comes to choosing who to vote for, but in a strange way is seem to suggest a dependency on the existence of racism in order to push forward a particular political agenda. In a sense for a particular subset of the democratic party there seems to be some fairly strong incentives to appear to challenge racism while simultaneously there exist some incentives to ensure that racism actually isn't dealt with. Call me overly cynical if you wish, but I wonder if this might be a semi-reasonable (if not particularly positive) explanation for some of the strategies deployed which seem to have a high likelihood of backfiring.

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The CSI Effect
"The CSI effect posits that exposure to television programs that portray forensic science (e.g., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) can change the way jurors evaluate forensic evidence. ... while legal actors do see the CSI effect as a serious issue, there is virtually no empirical evidence suggesting it is a real phenomenon. Moreover, many of the remedies employed by courts may do no more than introduce bias into juror decision-making or even trigger the CSI effect when it would not normally occur." (via Andrew Gelman
Increased frequency of travel may act to decrease the chance of a global pandemic
Would be nice if this is the case.
Economic Growth from Octavian to Obama
"To get a sense of how recent and unprecedented the Age of Abundance is, consider France. In AD 1, GDP per person in the Roman province of Gaul was $1,050 – and that’s where it remained for the next 13 (yes, thirteen) centuries. During the first half of the 14th century, however, French incomes rose by some 50 percent, reaching a high of $1,553 in 1355."

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