Life is Short
Life is short, as everyone knows. When I was a kid I used to wonder about this. Is life actually short, or are we really complaining about its finiteness? Would we be just as likely to feel life was short if we lived 10 times as long?
philosophy  life  short  kids  bullshit  Paul  Graham  HN  YC  YCombinator 
11 weeks ago
Why You Can’t Remember Being a Kid
etween birth and our early teens, the brain is still laying down some of its fundamental circuitry and thickening its electrical pathways with fatty tissue to make them more conductive. In a massive surge of growth, the brain sprouts innumerable new bridges between neurons. In fact, we have far more links between brain cells in our earliest years than we end up with in adulthood; most are pruned away. All that excess brain mass is the wet clay from which our genes and experiences sculpt a brain to suit its particular environment. Without such limber brains, young children would never be able to learn as much as quickly as they do.
memory  psychology  childhood 
march 2018
Transistor Full Documentary - YouTube
John Bardeen, William Shockley and Walter Brattain at Bell Labs
PBS  transistor  history  computer  science  Bell  Labs  John  Bardeen  William  Shockley  Walter  Brattain 
january 2018
Life in the Age of Noise - Original Essay by Erling Kagge
Because the more you do to avoid boredom, the more bored you become. 
productivity  boredom  inspiration  noise  FOMO  mental  health 
january 2018
How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus - The Atlantic
The Coddling of the American Mind
In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.
education  psychology  millennials  students  mental  health 
january 2018
When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy - The New York Times
When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy
As a young social psychologist, she played by the rules and won big: an influential study, a viral TED talk, a prestigious job at Harvard. Then, suddenly, the rules changed.
social  psychologist  power  posing  Amy  Cuddy  Susan  Dominus  NYT  article  statistics  probability  research  science 
december 2017
Simulating Chutes & Ladders in Python | Pythonic Perambulations
The mean game length is the expected value of the number of turns, averaged over all possibilities and weighted by their relative probability:

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chutes  ladders  markov  models  HMM  data  science  statistics 
december 2017
5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus - The Atlantic
Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math
research  teaching  education  children 
september 2017
The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science | Life and style | The Guardian
Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it
sleep  science  research  body  health 
september 2017
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