Dyslexia has advantages:  dyslexic people are more sensitive to violations of c…

Dyslexia has advantages:  dyslexic people are more sensitive to violations of causality.

Dyslexia is often called a “learning disability.” And it can indeed present learning challenges. Although its effects vary widely, children with dyslexia read so slowly that it would typically take them a half a year to read the same number of words other children might read in a day. Therefore, the fact that people who read so slowly were so adept at picking out the impossible figures was a big surprise to the researchers. After all, why would people who are slow in reading be fast at responding to visual representations of causal reasoning?

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The Advantages of Dyslexia
With reading difficulties can come other cognitive strengths

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GIF of that last post of mine.

GIF of that last post of mine.

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Reconfigure your face with real-time face tracking and projection

This is really cool, and I can imagine all sorts of amazing scifi-type stuff that could happen with this in 5-10 years.

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On methane, a greenouse gas more potent than carbon dixoide:

To put this in perspective, just seven years ago, estimates suggested that only 500,000 tons of methane were being released into Earth's atmosphere each year. Now we're measuring 17 million tons of it. Just in the Arctic.

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The Giant Methane Monster That Can Wipe Out the Human Race
Underneath the frozen Arctic are 1,000 gigatons of the world’s most deadly greenhouse gas.

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Practice doesn't make perfect

This idea is a nice one, because it suggests that successful people earned their expertise, and that many people have a shot at becoming successful if they work hard enough. It gained especially wide attention through a rule it inspired in Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers: that to become really, really good at something, you have to intensely practice at it for around 10,000 hours, the "10,000-hour rule."

But this is an area of active dispute among psychologists — and over the years, dozens of studies have collected hard data on the link between practice and top performance in all sorts of fields. A new statistical analysis of 88 of these studies comes to the exact opposite conclusion: success mostly reflects other factors (probably things like innate talent and opportunity) rather than hours and hours of practice.

I find studies like this one especially seductive as I'm a red-blooded contrarian.  Accordingly, I find myself having to consciously increase my skepticism about them as I like the results so much.

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Life isn’t fair: the people who practice the most aren’t the most successful
The importance of practice is a nice idea, but it’s a false one.

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Best cosplay or the greatest cosplay?

I like the extreme detail in Chewbacca's feet area.

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Image from Krubera Cave in Georgia.  Deepest cave in the world

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Image from Krubera Cave in Georgia.  Deepest cave in the world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krubera_Cave

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And here, according to Trout, was the reason human beings could not reject ideas…

And here, according to Trout, was the reason human beings could not reject ideas because they were bad: Ideas on Earth were badges of friendship or enmity. Their content did not matter. Friends agreed with friends, in order to express friendliness. Enemies disagreed with enemies, in order to express enmity. The ideas Earthlings held didn't matter for hundreds of thousands of years, since they couldn't do much about them anyway. Ideas might as well be badges as anything.

Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

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