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A love story – úžasné

When we encounter a mother doing too many things perfectly, smiling as if it were all so easy, so natural, we should feel a civic responsibility to slap her hard across the face and scream the word “Stop!” so many times that the woman begins to chant or whimper the word along with us. Once she has been broken, we may take her in our arms until the trembling and self-hatred leave her body. It is our duty.

When I swim at the public pool, I wear sunglasses so I can admire the hairless chest of the nineteen-year-old lifeguard. I love it that he, a child, really, is guarding me, fiercest of warriors, a mother, strong as stinky cheese, with a ripe, moldy, melted rotten center of such intense complexity and flavor it would kill a boy of his tender age.

The answer is easy in daylight. But the night’s untethering almost always turns me into someone I’m not. I spend nights thinking about the different women I become in the dark. Where am I keeping these women when the sun is up?

The work of organizing everything – celé dobre a aj iné na jej stránke stoja za prozretie

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I now live in Berkeley, California. A few years ago, just a few blocks from my home, a pair of researchers in the Cal psychology department staged an experiment. They began by grabbing students, as lab rats. Then they broke the students into teams, segregated by sex. Three men, or three women, per team. Then they put these teams of three into a room, and arbitrarily assigned one of the three to act as leader. Then they gave them some complicated moral problem to solve: say what should be done about academic cheating, or how to regulate drinking on campus.

Exactly 30 minutes into the problem-solving the researchers interrupted each group. They entered the room bearing a plate of cookies. Four cookies. The team consisted of three people, but there were these four cookies. Every team member obviously got one cookie, but that left a fourth cookie, just sitting there. It should have been awkward. But it wasn’t. With incredible consistency the person arbitrarily appointed leader of the group grabbed the fourth cookie, and ate it. Not only ate it, but ate it with gusto: lips smacking, mouth open, drool at the corners of their mouths. In the end all that was left of the extra cookie were crumbs on the leader’s shirt.

This leader had performed no special task. He had no special virtue. He’d been chosen at random, 30 minutes earlier. His status was nothing but luck. But it still left him with the sense that the cookie should be his.

This experiment helps to explain Wall Street bonuses and CEO pay, and I’m sure lots of other human behavior. But it also is relevant to new graduates of Princeton University. In a general sort of way you have been appointed the leader of the group. Your appointment may not be entirely arbitrary. But you must sense its arbitrary aspect: you are the lucky few. Lucky in your parents, lucky in your country, lucky that a place like Princeton exists that can take in lucky people, introduce them to other lucky people, and increase their chances of becoming even luckier. Lucky that you live in the richest society the world has ever seen, in a time when no one actually expects you to sacrifice your interests to anything.

All of you have been faced with the extra cookie. All of you will be faced with many more of them. In time you will find it easy to assume that you deserve the extra cookie. For all I know, you may. But you’ll be happier, and the world will be better off, if you at least pretend that you don’t.

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Richard Hamming: You and your research

Now for the matter of drive. You observe that most great scientists have tremendous drive. I worked for ten years with John Tukey at Bell Labs. He had tremendous drive. One day about three or four years after I joined, I discovered that John Tukey was slightly younger than I was. John was a genius and I clearly was not. Well I went storming into Bode’s office and said, “How can anybody my age know as much as John Tukey does?” He leaned back in his chair, put his hands behind his head, grinned slightly, and said, “You would be surprised Hamming, how much you would know if you worked as hard as he did that many years.” I simply slunk out of the office!
What Bode was saying was this: “Knowledge and productivity are like compound interest.” Given two people of approximately the same ability and one person who works ten percent more than the other, the latter will more than twice outproduce the former. The more you know, the more you learn; the more you learn, the more you can do; the more you can do, the more the opportunity — it is very much like compound interest. I don’t want to give you a rate, but it is a very high rate. Given two people with exactly the same ability, the one person who manages day in and day out to get in one more hour of thinking will be tremendously more productive over a lifetime.

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confirmation bias

“Be careful. People like to be told what they already know. Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things…well, new things aren’t what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don’t want to know that man bites a dog, because the world is not supposed to happen like that. In short, what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is olds…Not news but olds, telling people that what they think they already know is true.”

Terry Pratchett through the character Lord Vetinari from his novel, “The Truth: a novel of Discworld

Parenting, Lunchmaking, and Hoping Your Kids Will Love Food

You may wonder how we get our kids to eat kale and clams, and here is the answer: we make them (we’re warm but firm), and we don’t offer choices. Psychologists will tell you that kids respond to consistency and confidence. While I can’t say I’m great at this when it comes to bedtime, I never waver at the table. People don’t want to hear this because we live in the Age of Coddling but I strongly believe that kids need and actually crave guidance and direction, especially when they’re young. And since I also believe that we should eat the same meals as our kids—showing unity and companionship—I don’t want to eat boring food, so they’re not getting boring food.

Frazey Ford: “And my joy, my joy, my joy takes nothing from you”

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Budúcnosť je tu, pozrite si 3D tlačiareň:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHnMj6dxj4

Keby ste chceli mať vodičák s fotkou, kde máte na hlave sitko, tak ako tento Rakúšan, tak sa pripravte, že to môže chvíľku trvať. (Na vysvetlenie: sitko na hlave je na znak príslušnosti ku viere vo Flying Spagetti Monster a keďže sú na oficiálnych dokumentoch povolené pokrývky hlavy z náboženských dôvodov, mladý muž sa rozhodol upozorniť na túto ideológiou a na to, prečo existuje.) Čo stojí za povšimnutie je to, že od neho chceli lekárske potvrdenie, že je duševne spôsobilý viesť motorové vozidlo. Na jeho mieste by som sa určite zaujímala, že prečo ho nepýtajú aj od mníšok alebo židov, ktorí nosia jarmulku.

Na podobnú nôtu, ale z iného uhla. Čo by presvedčilo ateistu, že existuje Boh?

Najnovšia krajina na svete je Južný Sudán. Vznikla pred pár dňami odtrhnutím od Sudánu. Problémov má veľa, ale jeden z najdôležitejších: je pravdepodobnejšie, že 15-ročné dievča zomrie pri pôrode ako to, že dokončí základnú školu. Podľa správy OSN z roku 2007, úmrtnosť rodičiek v južnom Sudáne bola 2030/100000 (pre porovnanie v USA je toto číslo 17/100000) s tým, že iba pri necelých 5% pôrodov bola odborná pôrodná asistencia.

Ľutujem, že som na toto vysvetlenie privilegovanosti nenatrafila skôr. Presne vystihnuté, čo som sa už párkrát snažila povedať sama, ale nepodarilo sa mi to ani zďaleka takto naformulovať.

Kto by vyhral svetový šampionát rovnosti pohlaví?

(nové) štatistiky o postavení žien vo svete (z OSN) – neskutočné mi pripadajú hlavne čísla o tom, koľko ľudí si myslí, že je niekedy v poriadku, ak muž bije manželku (aj v Európe) a tie, ktoré sa týkajú znásilnení

múzeum menštruácie – nenechajte sa odradiť kopou reklám a besným formátom tejto stránky; je tam veľa pozoruhodného čítania (napríklad o tom, ako sa s krvácaním vysporiadavali ženy pred nástupom jednorazových produktov)

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