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How did the descendants of the Mayan Indians end up in the Eastern Orthodox Church?

Does Parental Quality Matter? Study using three sources of parental variation that are mostly immune to genetic confounding find that “the strong parent-child correlation in education is largely causal”. For example, “the parent-child correlation in education is stronger with the parent that spends more time with the child”.

Before and after pictures of tech leaders like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Sergey Brin suggest they’re taking supplemental testosterone. And though it may help them keep looking young, Palladium points out that there might be other effects from having some of our most powerful businessmen on a hormone that increases risk-taking and ambition. They ask whether the new availability of testosterone supplements is prolonging Silicon Valley businessmen’s “brash entrepreneur” phase well past the point where they would normally become mature respectable elders. But it also hints at an almost opposite take: average testosterone levels have been falling for decades, so at this point these businessmen would be the only “normal” (by 1950s standards) men out there, and everyone else would be unprecedently risk-averse and boring. Paging Peter Thiel and everyone else who takes about how things “just worked better” in Eisenhower’s day.

China’s SesameCredit social monitoring system, widely portrayed as dystopian, has an 80% approval rate in China (vs. 19% neutral and 1% disapproval). The researchers admit that although all data is confidential and they are not affiliated with the Chinese government, their participants might not believe that confidently enough to answer honestly.

I know how much you guys love attacking EAs for “pathological altruism” or whatever terms you’re using nowadays, so here’s an article where rationalist community member John Beshir describes his experience getting malaria on purpose to help researchers test a vaccine.

Some evidence against the theory that missing fathers cause earlier menarche.

John Nerst of EverythingStudies’ political compass.
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6 weeks ago by nhaliday
Kurt Andersen: From Fashion to Housewares, Are We in a Decades-Long Design Rut? | Vanity Fair
We seem to have trapped ourselves in a vicious cycle—economic progress and innovation stagnated, except in information technology; which leads us to embrace the past and turn the present into a pleasantly eclectic for-profit museum; which deprives the cultures of innovation of the fuel they need to conjure genuinely new ideas and forms; which deters radical change, reinforcing the economic (and political) stagnation. I’ve been a big believer in historical pendulum swings—American sociopolitical cycles that tend to last, according to historians, about 30 years. So maybe we are coming to the end of this cultural era of the Same Old Same Old. As the baby-boomers who brought about this ice age finally shuffle off, maybe America and the rich world are on the verge of a cascade of the wildly new and insanely great. Or maybe, I worry some days, this is the way that Western civilization declines, not with a bang but with a long, nostalgic whimper.
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6 weeks ago by inspiral
Stumbling and Mumbling: The irrelevant Independent Group
The Independent Group claims to value an “open, tolerant and respectful democratic society” and to oppose Brexit. It wills the ends, but not the means. It fails to see that Brexit and intolerance are the product of economic conditions, and is silent on what to do about those conditions. It looks therefore like a bunch of narcissists complaining that people are not like them whilst offering no real solutions.
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8 weeks ago by petej
The robot butt Ford tests car seats with now sweats as well as sits - The Verge
The next time someone tells you that the tech industry is out of ideas or that the future we were all promised never arrived or that real innovation died out years ago, you grab that stinker by their collar, and you yell in their face: “Ford added sweat glands to its robot butt.”
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11 weeks ago by whip_lash
Corporate Japan struggles to scale up as longevity limits dynamism - Nikkei Asian Review
A variety of factors are a drag on the growth of Japanese companies compared with international rivals. These include a slumping domestic economy, slow progress on deregulation, failure to seize opportunities in online business, conservative mindsets among executives, and a lack of talent in cross-border business -- something due partly to a lack of personnel with foreign-language skills.
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november 2018 by inspiral
(11487) Is Trump REALLY a Fascist? - YouTube
Fascist Roots, Trump the product of the failure of neoliberal neoconservative capitalism to provide a better future for all.
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august 2018 by asterisk2a
Ana Kasparian SHREDS Trump's Weak Economy + Trade War Tariffs + Farmers Bailout
US going to run 4-5% budget deficit + debt accumulation + 1% tax cuts AND hourly earnings have not risen June 2017-June 2018! https://twitter.com/MkBlyth/status/1018079719319891968 - From June 2017 to June 2018, real average hourly earnings decreased 0.2 percent, seasonally adjusted.
Combining the change in real average hourly earnings with a 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek resulted in no change to real average weekly earnings over this period. https://www.bls.gov/news.release/realer.nr0.htm
//&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gomGA1BRkQ & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50y463lECNY - $12bn Farmer's bailout (only for this year) to save face in mid-term elections & telling voters 'don't trust what you read and hear.' << https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/1021871179181838336 - "The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command." - George Orwell, "1984" - Donald Trump in front of Vets of Foreign Wars: "Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what's happening"
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july 2018 by asterisk2a

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