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Forum: Diavlog comments 06-02-2011, 12:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,689
Posted By bwn
State of the Spanish Siesta

A brief correction of Jessa's description of the Spanish siesta as being maintained only in smaller towns. She is right that the tendency has been towards a fading out of the siesta, particularly in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-19-2009, 02:26 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 39,632
Posted By bwn
Re: Percontations: Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Mechanics

I realize I'm coming to this thread a little late, so there may not be much reply to this post, but here goes.

At 27:35, Eliezer challenges Scott to name one desire that would go against the best...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-18-2009, 09:24 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,946
Posted By bwn
Borges story

I enjoyed the reference to Borges as John and George pushed back against "thick description." If anyone is interested, another Borges story that is along the same line is "Funes the Memorious."...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-12-2009, 06:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,592
Posted By bwn
News for the ancient Greeks

Around minute 7, Esther explains to us the difference between mazes and labyrinths. She argues what the ancient Greeks referred to as a labyrinth in the myth of the minotaur was actually a maze. That...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-02-2009, 05:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 17,579
Posted By bwn
Re: Science Saturday: Evolution of the Gracile Human

This is anecdotal, but relative to the US and Russia, in Spain you see far more twins and far more kids with Down's Syndrome. Both of those cases are made more common by parents having kids at a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-14-2009, 09:43 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 12,855
Posted By bwn
Re: Science Saturday: Darwin the Rock Star

It's interesting how horizontal evolution seems to validate the logic of some ritual cannibalism: eat another person in order to take on his attributes. I wonder what the odds are that the DNA eaten...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-29-2009, 08:56 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 31,972
Posted By bwn
Re: Free Will: Good Cognitive Citizenship

This diavlog has set off a very interesting conversation among the commenters. Thanks for all of the good material. I'll just add that it's interesting to see from the closing comments (of the MP3...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-04-2009, 10:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,497
Posted By bwn
Re: The Week in Blog: Bill and Conn the Magic Diavloggers

The danger posed by a hijacked train is much, much smaller than that posed by a hijacked plane. Simply put, a hijacked train can't be driven into the White House. Planes are dangerous because, as we...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-16-2008, 01:58 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 25,766
Posted By bwn
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-16-2008, 11:20 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 72,174
Posted By bwn
Re: Science Saturday: Liberals vs. Conservatives

I haven't finished the diavlog yet, but it might be helpful to add a link to a NYT piece by the cognitive scientist Stephen Pinker, "The Moral Instinct." It's been a while since I read it, but it...
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