Archive for December 16th, 2010

Comparing sizes of large objects and areas of land

| December 16, 2010 | Reply
Comparing sizes of large objects and areas of land

Visualizing the size of large objects and areas of land has never been easier. Next time you’re wondering how big something is, check out the BBC’s website called Dimensions. I put the moon on top of Australia. Then I put the World Trade Center on top of my house. Then I superimposed the Mars rovers over my neighborhood. Then I placed the area affected by the 2010 Gulf Oil spill over New York City. For my finale, I compared the ancient walled city of Babylon with modern day Vatican City.

This is a really nice use of Google Maps.

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Former Drug Czar of the UK: Legalize all drugs

| December 16, 2010 | 3 Replies
Former Drug Czar of the UK: Legalize all drugs

Bob Ainsworth, who was once responsible for drug policy as drugs minister in the UK, has declared prohibition to be counterproductive.

We need to take effective measures to rob the dealers of their markets and the only way that we can do that is by supplying addicts through the medical profession, through prescription. We cannot afford to be shy about being prepared to do that. . . It is far better they are going to a doctor, or going to a chemist and are getting their script [prescription] than turning tricks as a prostitute or robbing their mates.

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Top ten psychology studies of 2010

| December 16, 2010 | 2 Replies
Top ten psychology studies of 2010

David DiSalvo sent me an email today to pitch his latest article at Psychology Today: “Ten Psychological Studies from 2010 Worth Knowing About.” Cool. Take a look at what’s included in the list:

- Daniel Gilbert determined that we daydream 46.9% of our waking hours. Gad, do tell employers, or else they will cut everybody’s pay in half.

- Embodied cognition studies demonstrate that our physical environments are tied metaphorically to our social environments. “For example, the study shows that when you’re negotiating a deal, it’s better to sit in a hard, sturdy chair–doing so may lead you to negotiate harder than you otherwise would. And when you go for a job interview, be sure to carry your resume in a weighty, well constructed padfolio.”

- Sweat carries messages. “Gamblers sniffing the high-ropers’ sweat . . . took significantly larger gambling risks compared to the bike-sweat-sniffing gamblers.”

- We’re happier when we keep busy.

- Rich people see other people. “People from lower socioeconomic backgrounds from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are significantly better at accurately reading emotion–a key component of expressing empathy.”

All this and much more at David DiSalvo’s blog at Psychology Today.

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