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More links today October 6, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in assorted, humor, ideas, image, science.

MR has this interesting link :

Every year since 1976, the Monitoring the Future Study has asked around 3,000 U.S. 12th graders how important various things are to them. It seems everything is getting more important. Well, not quite. 13 of 14 issues have become more important. The only exception: “Finding purpose and meaning in my life”.

(Emphasis not mine)

Now, here is a cartoon that this finding reminds me of.  The very vast New Yorker Cartoon bank has a cartoon for many a situations in life.

Coming to the results of the survey itself, I am not really a fan of asking people what they think – we are all good liars, even when we are not lying to others, we are, to ourselves.  We are better off making several observations and make inferences based on these observations. For instance, instead of asking people how important they think is contribution to charity, have something that looks for evidence of it – tax returns for instance. (while recognizing that there are some who are willing but unable to make contributions.)


My last year’s post on anticipating the Nobel Prize (Economics mostly for a good reason) announcement. Not much changed.


In response to a question – ““WHAT IS YOUR FORMULA? YOUR EQUATION? YOUR ALGORITHM?””, here is what some of the really original thinkers had to say. Dan Kahneman. And Dawkins’ was probably the best.



1. Ed Beardwell - October 8, 2007

Don’t forget also to have a look at CartoonStock at http://www.CartoonStock.com . Similar to Cartoon Bank but much larger, it’s the most comprehensive humorous cartoon archive on the web and all the images can be licensed and downloaded instantly for all uses, or printed onto gift items!

2. Sharath Rao - October 8, 2007

nice site, thanks

3. Lalita - October 9, 2007

Sharath: You forget the Swedes. They are going to send a “Thank You for Everthing” note. 🙂

4. Sharath Rao - October 10, 2007

uuh…lalita, u probably meant to comment on the “plagiarist post” 🙂

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