Saturday, March 21, 2015
1. Six arguments against compulsory voting, by philosopher Jason Brennan. (And here is his summary list, and reconstruction in standard form, of arguments for and against compulsory voting.)
2. Philosophy Bites interview with Lisa Bartolotti on human irrationality.
3. Case studies in skepticism: Scott Alexander's masterful take-down of "HeartMath."
4. Creepy version of "It's a Small World" in a Chinese theme park.
5. "Tardigrades are so tough, they can survive outer space."
6. Research seems to show that taking notes by hand is better for learning than taking notes on a computer.
7. Deep in the bowels of the earth, microbes live on radiation. (File under: exobiology.)
8. A professor in North Carolina is apparently fired for his politics. (Ask yourself: Would your reaction to this change based on whether his politics are right-wing or left-wing? If so, you may be part of the problem.)
9. Film editor Tony Zhou has created another excellent video on his YouTube channel "Every Frame a Painting"; this time, the theme is the use of motion in creating shots.
10. Noted film critic John Kenneth Muir's 30-year anniversary retrospective review and reappraisal of Disney's film "The Black Hole" (1979).