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Rather than deluge you with a heartbreaking pile of links about poverty, rape, or bullying just now, I shall provide a pot pourri.

Signal to Noise: this is an insightful explanation of how people who are arguing miss each other's meaning, up until the example of a completely implausible abortion debate.

Free-range eggs: Ministers hatch a plan to develop a binding, national standard / Australian shoppers ripped off on more than 200 million 'free range' eggs, Choice says

Via Memoriae Classicae I: Asterix and Cleopatra. A fun review of the movie version, warts and all, from a Classics grad student at Cambridge.

Researchers discover a surprising threat to democracy: our brains. "... Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger. 'The general idea is that it's absolutely threatening to admit you're wrong,' says political scientist Brendan Nyhan... The phenomenon — known as 'backfire' — is 'a natural defense mechanism to avoid that cognitive dissonance.'". But don't despair - the backfire effect can be overcome!

Quoth George R.R. Martin: "Yay for the Tone Argument." For the most part, I second that yay - the Tone Argument has been misused too often, for example to excuse bullying.

The Frozen Calm of Normalcy Bias: "When disaster strikes... most people act as if they've suddenly forgotten the disaster... Fleeing survivors ran past living, uninjured people who sat in seats literally watching for the minute it took for the flames to reach them."

The majority of cancers are not linked to environment or lifestyle. Which is simultaneously reassuring (cancer mostly isn't our own fault) and disturbing (we have less control than we perhaps thought).

The Pope's astronomer on space, the Bible and alien life
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