around the traps

  • Ghost in the Machine: The Clash on Flickr
  • Swearing mitigates pain - Boing Boing: Some experimental evidence to suggest that swearing makes pain less traumatic, though the mechanism ... is unclear
  • A couple of topics discussed over breakfast with some smart people a while back... Dunning-Kruger effect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

    The Dunning-Kruger effect is an example of cognitive bias in which '...people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it'. They therefore suffer an illusory superiority, rating their own ability as above average. This leads to a perverse result where people with less competence will rate their ability more highly than people with relatively more competence.

    Fascinating, yet highly unsettling. Because if you are one of the people who fall into this effect, you don't know! Also explains a bit why some seriously smart people think they're not very smart - they know all too well how much they don't know, and also (mistakenly) think everyone knows what they do know. At the far end of that scale you find Impostor syndrome, where people cannot accept their own success. Amazing the way the human psyche can completely mess itself up.

  • Wacky Races in Real Life! - very well done.


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