Organic label makes food tast better, healthier

April 10, 2011

Halo effect – just labeling food makes it taste better, healthier


“Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.”

February 20, 2011

Attributed to John Wayne.

A grittier version of my preferred definition of critical thinking: “The art of being right.”

Students not learning much critical thinking

January 19, 2011

Study: Students slog through college, but don’t gain much critical thinking

“An unprecedented study that followed several thousand undergraduates through four years of college found that large numbers didn’t learn the critical thinking, complex reasoning and written communication skills that are widely assumed to be at the core of a college education.”

Study: CEOs with top-tier MBAs no better than other CEOs

October 19, 2010

“Bolton found that CEO education played a significant role in the hiring process of a new CEO, even though he observed no strong correlation between the quality of a CEO’s MBA education and the company’s long-term performance. He said that those companies performed no better than companies led by a CEO with any other type of education, MBA or not…The resulting puzzle, said Bolton, was the preference given to candidates with degrees from high level schools despite a lack of evidence indicating these candidates led to better company performance than their average degree-holding counterparts. In explaining why companies would place such emphasis on degree quality, Bolton suggested in the report that it was due to a lack of other identifiable and measurable criteria.”

“All else being equal, they rely on what they believe to be the observable pedigrees of the executive. Of course, all else is rarely equal, especially when dealing with something as nebulous and potentially unobservable as managerial talent,” he said in the report.”


Few persons care to study logic…

October 14, 2010

“Few persons care to study logic, because everybody conceives himself to be proficient enough in the art of reasoning already. But I observe that this satisfaction is limited to one’s own ratiocination, and does not extend to that of other men.”
—   Peirce, “The Fixation of Belief”, Popular Science Monthly 12 (November 1877), pp. 1-15.

Corporate befuddlement of the masses

August 29, 2010

Part of the problem with the USA

What Social Science Doesn’t Know

August 3, 2010

Interesting review of the epistomology of social science.  by Jim Manzi

“The experimental revolution is like a huge wave that has lost power as it has moved through topics of increasing complexity.”