Monthly Archives: Jun 2021

Attractions at young and old age

This paper, “Sex differences in sexual attraction for aesthetics, resources and personality across age“, looked at what men and women are attracted to at different ages. There are some difference across the sexes and from young to old age: Personality … Continue reading

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Evaluations as moral judgements

It is likely that when we evaluate how well someone is performing, we also make a moral judgement from where they are, socially and economically. That someone from a poor background is judged as if they were somehow to blame … Continue reading

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That’s just guessing

I cross-post from this blog to Twitter and sometimes LinkedIn, and on Twitter I follow a some interesting people. That means that Twitter by now have built a substantial dataset of what I am interested in and what kind of … Continue reading

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Art and music

Art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time — Jean-Michel Basquiat            

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Control structures in programming

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Why does mint feel cold?

Today I learned that mint – or menthol – feels cold because the TRPM8, a protein with the easy name of “transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily M (melastatin) member 8” receptors are activated by menthol. And those are the … Continue reading

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The origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is still not determined

None of these scenarios have been ruled out: The virus is of completely natural origin, most likely originating in a bat population, possibly crossing over another species and finally to humans. The original virus or bat population has yet to … Continue reading

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Human character

But in fact compromises are usually reached only after various factions fight and fight until they can no more, and the dreadful cost gradually leads men to the realisation that they must learn to tolerate each other. It is very … Continue reading

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Buying tickets from Ticketmaster

While I recognise the points Marco Hietala made in his announcement of his sabbatical from music [The b]iggest tour promoters squeeze percentages even from our own merchandise while paying dividends to Middle East. Apparently some theocrasies can take the money … Continue reading

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Predictable surveys

One of the reasons why participants of surveys should not be self-selecting: If you survey members of activist groups, you get results remarkably similar to the groups agenda. — James Cantor                   … Continue reading

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