oh did you want me to edit that paper? are you going to regret that when you get the edits back? (this goes on for 6 more pages and involved some conscious restraint on my part to not just rewrite sections.)
No, good looks don’t win elections -
Good looks matter: there is evidence that good looking people are treated better, earn more money, are more likely to be thought of as intelligent, and many other outcomes most of us would all prefer to have happen to us. But there is no good evidence that good looks can cause a person to win political office.
Despite that nobody seems to know anybody who will admit to voting based on looks, there is a popular impression that good looks matter in politics — we’ve all heard about the famous Kennedy-Nixon debate – and a constant flow of research from psychology explaining why and how good looking politicians are more likely to win elections. Just recently, two articles in peer-reviewed psychology journals explored this very topic. One article, claiming that the tendency to vote for physically attractive candidates is related to an evolutionary need for disease avoidance, was covered in The New York Times. The premise of this article is that humans have evolved to avoid disease and the attractiveness of another person is a clue about the possibility that they carry disease. Voters in places where they are more likely to catch a disease show a stronger tendency to vote for physically attractive politicians than do voters in places where they are less likely to catch a disease. Perhaps you could also ask yourself if you know of any Democrats who voted for Romney because they had the flu on Election Day?
Here’s the problem with this type of research: several years ago, my colleagues and I extensively studied this phenomenon and found that the best available evidence says that politicians don’t get elected because of their good looks. In fact, after examining every contest for the U.S. Senate between 1990 and 2006, we couldn’t find a single election where the candidates’ appearance made the difference in the election. This isn’t surprising: Politics and voting are greatly affected by factors such as partisanship, the economy, campaigning, and even policy – all of which leave little room for voters to cast votes based on politicians’ looks.
Beware the top search results (the new Ricardian rents?) -
Anyone in the US doing their holiday shopping from the product showcases that appear at the top of Google’s search results is almost certain to pay substantially more than if they delved deeper in the search engine. Five out of every six items in the panels shown on a Google search made in America are more expensive than the same items from other merchants hidden deeper in the index, with an average premium of 34 per cent, according to a Financial Times analysis.
looking at endless rows of nearly identical numbers was lulling my brain into sleepy lethargy so i ate a snack including a bunch of horseradish and now i am FIRED UP and READY TO GO and also THE INSIDE OF MY FACE IS FILLED WITH FIRE
Gun Grabbing: A Reversal of Fortune -
Do you think there should or should not be a law that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police or other authorized persons? The current breakdown is just what Europeans would expect of Cowboy Nation. Only 25% of Americans say “Yes, should be” - versus 74% who say, “No, should not be.” But if you think this reflects a long-standing American tradition, you’re dead wrong. Back in 1959, the breakdown was 60% yes, 36% no. Support for gun-grabbing fell almost non-stop during the ensuing decades, with just one odd reversal in 1979.
the complete home workstation
A future service sector job? -
I could imagine Glass Concierge becoming a future job title, basically a personal assistant who looks in on your Google Glass video feed to make helpful suggestions and advice, basically a rally co-driver for your life.
motherfucking perpetual license for the stats software i’m trying to run won’t work on the upgraded mac OS and instead of apologizing that my perpetual license is not longer so perpetual they are telling me to pay them $600 to upgrade to a perpetual license that will work, at least until a few mac OS upgrades from now.
why did you code that question that way? why are some scales from 1 to 100 and some 7 level likert items? whyyyyyyyyyyy
A new RCT study of preschool -
I see these findings as devastating for advocates of the expansion of state pre-k programs. This is the first large scale randomized trial of a present-day state pre-k program. Its methodology soundly trumps the quasi-experimental approaches that have heretofore been the only source of data on which to infer the impact of these programs. And its results align almost perfectly with those of the Head Start Impact Study, the only other large randomized trial that examines the longitudinal effects of having attended a public pre-k program. Based on what we have learned from these studies, the most defensible conclusion is that these statewide programs are not working to meaningfully increase the academic achievement or social/emotional skills and dispositions of children from low-income families.
(via xkcd: New Study)
(Source: ps-philipp, via britneyspears)
it’s 9:30 on a friday night and C is passed out due to jet lag from his 15 hour time change so i should probably write a paper for school, right?
what is your total favorite, play it on repeat, awesome #1 jam right now?
By Urben in Berlin, Germany. (STREET ART UTOPIA)