05.22.11

Epistemology

8:32 am - Jason G. - Politics, Quotes

Karl Popper believed that even scientific knowledge does not qualify as the ultimate truth. Rather, scientific theories should be accepted as provisionally true as no amount of corroborating evidence can rule out the possibility that some contradictory evidence will turn up in the future.

Great quote, though I forgot where I found it…

05.21.11

Carry On

9:17 am - Jason G. - Art, Politics

I just love this retro poster…

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Brought to you by the Ministry of Information.

05.18.11

Nucular

8:24 pm - Jason G. - Technology

CNN suggests we ask How close is your home to a nuclear power plant? While I’m all for spreading useful information like this, it’s unfortunately positioned to scare people rather than inform.

Here’s the closest plants for Durham…

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On the flip side of the coin, xkcd drew up this humongous and informative chart to help people understand relative levels of radiation.

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05.15.11

Ambiguity and Changing Behavior

11:45 pm - Jason G. - Business

201103251741.jpgFrom Switch, by Dan and Chip Heath:

Ambiguity is the enemy. Any successful change requires a translation of ambiguous goals into concrete behaviors. In short, to make a switch, you need to script the critical moves.

(I got this quote from the Kindle most popular highlights for the book.)

05.14.11

Why does this sound familiar…

9:39 am - Jason G. - Humor, Technology

“No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We’ve been working on it for months. Now go act busy for a few weeks and I’ll let you know when it’s time to tell them.”

-Quote attributed to an R&D Supervisor at 3M

via Casey Research.