Terrorism in the United States
How likely is it that there will be further acts of terrorism in the United States over the next several weeks — very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely? How worried are you that you or someone in your family will become a victim of terrorism — very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
> The second experiment used participants’ own tiredness to see whether it affected their judgments about sleep deprivation as an interrogation tactic. Participants were a group of part-time MBA students, holding down full-time employment and required to attend classes from 6pm to 9pm. […] As you’d expect, subjects are very tired after working a full day and then attending a demanding class in evening school. Half the students were asked to judge the severity of sleep deprivation as a tool for interrogation at the start of the class. The other half were asked to judge it at the end of the class, after their own fatigue was at a very high level. The researchers found that the fatigued group regarded sleep deprivation as a much more painful technique than the non-fatigued group did.
It is a bad idea for a republic to outsource its police and military power, as well as most of its diplomacy, to an autonomous religious cult. Monopoly on the use of force is a central function of a healthy state.
—Johnathan M. Ladd speaking about, of course, the Jedi.
I'll put this in my Science collection, because my best guess, based on my typical content, is that any professors following me are most likely science professors.
One of the blind spots of professors is that almost all of them were excellent students. School was typically a series of triumphs from kindergarten on. This can make professors unaware of how scary and frustrating college can be for young people, especially those who came from under-resourced schools that didn’t prepare them well for the experience.
(haha, no they're not) I heard about this study earlier this year…maybe on Freakonomics? It sounds like something they'd cover.
Anyway, the study investigated patient outcomes at cardiovascular hospitals. Patients at the best hospitals in the USA did better when the senior cardiologists were not at the hospital.
It's a pretty clever study. Using 10 years of data containing tens of thousands of records, they were able to compare cardiovascular outcomes while senior cardiologists were at major national cardiology meetings to the outcomes when they were at the hospital.
It's also interesting to note that patients cared for at teaching hospitals did significantly better than those cared for in community hospitals.
Mortality Patterns Among Patients With Acute Cardiovascular Conditions
High-risk patients with heart failure and cardiac arrest hospitalized in teaching hospitals had lower 30-day mortality when admitted during dates of national cardiology meetings. High-risk patients with acute myocardial infarction admitted to teaching hospitals during meetings were less likely to…
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