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Following the crowd

herd mentality

Just the other day over coffee a colleague of mine told me about a fascinating video he’d seen. It was about a psychological experiment that showed just how much of a mindless, conforming species we were. 100% emotional; 0% rational. Just part of the herd. Though I’d seen similar ones […]

Health and wealth

This past week has been difficult. I caught a stomach bug. It was awful. I thought I was strong. I was wrong. Throughout the week, I kept thinking: I would pay quite exorbitant amounts of money just to feel healthy again. But alas, money don’t make the sick feel any […]

In the name of safety

I read a post by Alex Tabarrok today, regarding  school safety in his son’s school (via the Marginal Revolution blog) today. The post is really a letter that he’d written to his son’s school principal, regarding the introduction of security guards and cameras. From the post (emphasis mine): When going to school requires police, […]

The Unequal Pay Monkeys Experiment

What happens when you give monkeys unequal pay? Surely monkeys won’t feel indignant at being paid less than a peer? Well, some scientists decided  to find out, and created this ingenious experiment that’s now available on Youtube. Watch it below and be prepared to laugh your underpants off. The monkey’s reactions […]

Dvorak Keyboard Layout Sucks

I hoped the header grabbed your attention because it’d sure as hell grab mine. I just read a (really long) article on how the studies/reports behind the Dvorak keyboard layout could just be all part of one hell of a marketing gimmick to help dear old Mr. Dvorak sell his […]

Why the Dvorak Keyboard Layout Sucks

I just read a (really long) article on how the studies/reports behind the Dvorak keyboard layout (or simply, the Dvorak layout) could just be all part of one hell of a marketing gimmick to help dear old Mr. Dvorak sell his keyboard layout. For those who don’t know, the Dvorak layout’s […]

Reading the paper over breakfast

I came across an article on PsychologyToday.com talking about the way introverts think. It starts off with a very interesting scenario: you see a couple having breakfast together, each reading the newspaper — is it a sad situation (as they’re both “ignoring each other”, or a happy one (as in […]

Giving Up My Seat

I take a train home from work every workday, from HarbourFront to Kovan. Taking the train from HarbourFront, being the final stop on the NEL (North-East Line), I am almost guaranteed a seat. You’d think this was a good thing; I know I did. But lately I’ve been questioning the […]