Links for the Week of August 27th, 2018

  1. Randomised experiment: If you’re really unsure whether to quit your job or break up, you really probably should (80,000 Hours).
  2. Dying to Win? Olympic Gold Medals and Longevity.medal
  3. The Price of Everything — The economic value of the entire universe.
  4. The Paradox of Karl Popper (Scientific American).
  5. An Oral History of ‘GoldenEye 007’ on the N64.
  6. The virtue of dark humour.
  7. Bullshit-sensitivity predicts prosocial behavior.
  8. My Favorite Sayings, John Ousterhout.
  9. Mafia–Camorra War (Wiki).
  10. North American vs Japanese zoning.
  11. Flipping the Metabolic Switch: Understanding and Applying the Health Benefits of Fasting.
  12. Mas Subramanian’s Quest for a Billion-Dollar Red.
  13. The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Tuscany (The New Yorker).
  14. Birds measure magnetic fields using long-lived quantum coherence.
  15. The quantum needle of the avian magnetic compass (PNAS).

    Billions of birds fly thousands of kilometers every year between their breeding and wintering grounds, helped by an extraordinary ability to detect the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field. The biophysical sensory mechanism at the heart of this compass is thought to rely on magnetically sensitive, light-dependent chemical reactions in cryptochrome proteins in the eye. Thus far, no theoretical model has been able to account for the <5° precision with which migratory birds are able to detect the geomagnetic field vector. Here, using computer simulations, we show that genuinely quantum mechanical, long-lived spin coherences in realistic models of cryptochrome can provide the necessary precision. The crucial structural and dynamical molecular properties are identified.

  16. The Evils of Cultural Appropriation.
  17. The Ethics of Manipulation (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).
  18. Do women perform fellatio as a mate retention behavior?
  19. The simple but ingenious system Taiwan uses to crowdsource its laws (Technology Review).
  20. Overshoot Loop: Evolution Under The Maximum Power Principle.
  21. The Dangers of Ignoring Cognitive Inequality.
  22. Assorted Thoughts #1: Applying Averages.
  23. Did inequality cause the First World War? Contra Hobson-Lenin-Milanovic.
  24. Deleting the Digital Name of God.
  25. Online Bettors Can Sniff Out Weak Psychology Studies So why can’t the journals that publish them?
  26. Just 10 streams carry 95% of all river-borne plastic into the ocean.
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