Linked List: April 2016

The Psychopath Code

Pieter Hintjens’ book examining psychopathy as an evolutionary trait.

How Information Graphics Reveal Your Brain’s Blind Spots

Some of our most peculiar mental quirks highlight just how temperamental our judgments can be. In one study, people holding heavier clipboards perceived issues as more important and more expensive than the people holding lighter clipboards. In another study, people holding a hot cup of coffee judged strangers they met as more warm and friendly than the people who were holding a cold glass of iced coffee.

Why Do We Believe in Electrons, but Not in Fairies

Benjamin Kuipers on the scientific method.

Richard Feynman on Beauty and Science

I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers, and possible beliefs, and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything, and there are many things I don’t know anything about. But I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things.