It’s racist to avoid eye contract, but ableist to say that. But seriously, though, eye contact norms vary a great deal from country to country. No place that purports to be multiculturalist can really dictate them.
Noah Smith takes issue with the notion that homogeneity breeds harmony and cooperation.
Tor Bair makes a really good point: Chess teaches you patience and strategy, but when it comes to life, Tetris is more helpful.
It honestly never would have occurred to me to assume that any era of science fiction was generally optimistic about the future. Optimism lacks tension that drives plot!
Tips on sleeping with other people. Like sleeping sleeping.
An interesting look at the history of subtitles.
The true story of a fake accent.