Links to some things that I found interesting in the past week.
Not only does AI facilitate programming and writing, but it can also find new inorganic crystals, substantially speeding up progress in material science.
If religious fasting were for health, that would imply the incentives for fasting lie merely in the non-spiritual...
Long-form essays, especially popularized by COVID, can no longer truly reflect a student’s degree of knowledge...
The Yapese are an island culture in the pacific (Micronesia); they’ve inhabited the same islands for, at least, two thousand years. They appear to use giant stones, weighing upwards of a ton, as a money.
What is a reliable signal of understanding or comprehension of how much a student has learned? Tests attempt to show the teacher who knows the subject, but subjects are heterogeneous...
Which is preferable: democracy, or monarchy? In the debate between monarchy and democracy, the winner depends on the ideology and the crowd.
Conventional diets often tell you to keep food in the pantry, instead of your room. According to the third law of demand, you might actually end up eating more.
I’ve been researching the Acholi people of Uganda and South Sudan for a year, specifically their marital norms to explain polygamous behavior.
Hollywood media like “House of Cards” and “Veep” make campaign work seem like the stuff left to pros.