Associate Dean of Eureka Moments

I wish I was making up that title, but that is the advertisement for a new position at the University of Bristol. I can’t help but think of the job position as “Manager of Spontaneous Discovery.” Perhaps T.S. Eliot will not be offended; We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together…

Tanya Cohen redux

When I referenced a Thoughtcatalogue essay by Tanya Cohen in my recent post, a number of people suggested the essay was a hoax. It was so poorly written and hyperbolic that this certainly seemed plausible (even if I thought one commenter went too far in writing as though there was no question that it was…

Run, Mitt, Run!

Mitt Romney is considering running again in 2016. Herewith a little history lesson. Three men have lost their first election as their party’s presidential nominee, then gone on to get their party’s nomination again:*# Democrats William Jennings Bryan (1896, 1900, and 1908), and Adlai Stevenson II (1952, 1956), and Republican Thomas Dewey (1944, 1948). Each…

High Heels

Presented without comment. Gueguen’s study had 19-year-old female volunteers wearing black shoes with heels that were 0.5cm (0.2 inches) or 5cm (2 inches) or 9cm (3 1/2 inches) high. Then they asked men between the ages of 25-50 for help in various circumstances.

Constitutional Crisis: Week 3

This week the convention discovered its first error in the procedures. They realized that asking the chair to also be the scribe (secretary) was asking too much, so they split those tasks, as I expected they would eventually do. Now the chair appoints the scribe, who becomes the chair in the succeeding session and appoints…