Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Good stuff from the web

The venerable New York Times has a great article on whether babies have morals.  While I'm sort of cautious toward nativist theories (I'm looking at you, Chomsky), the research is interesting nonetheless.  Read the article, watch the video, take it with a grain of salt.

In (sort of, somewhat) related news, Salon has a good review/interview with the author of "For Better", the book that finally clarifies the elusive "state of marriage in the United States".  Like, not 50% of marriages end in divorce.  Not even close.  Try more like 20% or less.

And, finally, The New Yorker has an article on Andrey Ternovskiy, the guy who created ChatRoulette.  If you are looking for a reason to enroll your child in youth sports, look no further than this profile.  Money quote:

Sitting in his carefully engineered workspace—a comfortable chair and two giant monitors placed at the precise distance that Wikipedia says prevents eyestrain and a humped posture—Ternovskiy says that he sees the computer as “one hundred per cent my window into the world.” He doesn’t seek much else. “I always believed that computer might be that thing that I only need, that I only need that thing to survive,” he says. “It might replace everything.”
 Soccer league sign ups are coming up.  Don't let this happen to you. :)

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