Sewing Machine Magic

I really like the gif that accompanies this post on “How a Sewing Machine Works“.  It is a bit silly however to say it isn’t magic but mechanics.  At any rate, it moved me to post this quote: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”  Arthur C. Clark I’m not entirely sure if a…

Cognition vs. Ideals

“The Smarter you Are, The Stupider  You Are.”  Interesting article in NPR about how being smart with numbers means you might be dumber with your convictions. I guess I understand why there is a sensationalistic headline.  It grabs ones attention…I sure clicked on it.  But misleading and  attention grabbing headlines are all too common now.…

Our Doubts are Traitors

“Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win      By fearing to attempt” William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure” Are we wired to be self-defeatist? An article I recently read in February 5, 2007 issue of Neuroeconomics addressed the topic of ambiguity and pessimism. Apparently when dealing with expectations of…