A few of the interesting bits and bobs I’ve stumbled on over the last few days
- Hope for a cleaner, cheaper, oil less future just became a wee stronger. Nigeria beware?
- @forakin on why we should all blog. For a more in depth analysis, Andrew Sullivan’s seminal piece from 2008 offers a longer read.
- The £11bn conundrum. The scale of the problem or an opportunity?
- Khoi on the design of the iPhone 6. Unimpressed is the word
- Education as a tool for disrupting and challenge paradigms – the NY Times weighs in.
- Ebola contained.. Phew –
- Elon Musk, on Mars
- On lightning, and being struck by it.
- On Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Modern Novel.
- Pay and gender gaps, closing?
Are emotions prophetic? The short answer is No, but Jonah Lehrer at The Frontal Cortex offers a good summary of the long answer [pdf]:
Every feeling is like a summary of data, a quick encapsulation of all the information processing that we don’t have access to. (As Pham puts it, emotions are like a “privileged window” into the subterranean mind.) When it comes to making predictions about complex events, this extra information is often essential. It represents the difference between an informed guess and random chance.
Thin-slicing for dummies? I suppose the unasked question is how our prejudices, worldview and the socio-cultural context bias us in one direction or the other when we emotionally thin-slice… It just might be a good time for me to re-read Gladwell’s Blink too.
Google’s 2010 Zeitgeist makes for interesting read.. The summary from Google:
In the year of Nigeria’s 50th independence celebration, it was unsurprising that terms like “Nigeria” and “Goodluck Jonathan” ranked highly in the search trends. But the nation’s imagination was certainly captured by social networking, with “2go” topping the fastest rising list, and “Facebook” being the second most popular search by volume. Nigerian musicians “Terry G” and “Dagrin” also attracted significant online interest.
Great to see Football Manager 2010 top the fastest rising games category and bella naija make an entry in the fastest rising people category. Sadly there’s no Liverpool in the sports section (goes to show the absence of true football connoisseurs IMO). Interestingly ‘Love’ and MTN make the top ten popular searches… Wonder how many of those ‘love’ searches were related to eHarmony though.. 🙂