Pareidolia is the human tendency to see meaning in randomness, to find intention and meaning where there is none. I know this, but being human I can’t will my brain to stop finding faces in smoke and ducks in clouds. Or uncanny resemblances in sliced carrots.
What do you see?
Last week, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released its annual report on safety in U.S. schools, bringing our knowledge of school killings up to date for the 2011-2012 school year. Our mass media worries incessantly about the murder of children in the United States, but if you read the report you’ll learn two things.
Source: USDA Economic Research Service
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
The juxtaposition speaks. How do you respond?
In a field experiment described in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, S. Michael Gaddis and Raj Ghoshal sent out responses to 560 “roommate-wanted” advertisements in four cities in different parts of the country: Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, and Houston. These responses were made equivalent in all aspects but […]
Jeb Bush said it July 8 in an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader:
New Hampshire Union Leader: Anything specific?
Jeb Bush: “We’re working on a strategy to, that’s kind of under, let’s say, my aspiration for the country, and I believe we can achieve it, is 4% growth as far as the […]
Posers who know it. They want someone, need someone to bring them into the fine, refreshing, redemptive mist of evaporative cooling.
It’s now been 746 days since the petition to Pardon Edward Snowden met the required standard of the official White House petition website (100,000 signatures within 30 days) to obtain a response from the Obama administration.
Snowden, you’ll recall, exposed the government’s activities to, in multiple ways, spy on its own people without a warrant. […]
Number of distinct stories in American newspapers speculating about a July 4 terrorist attack on American soil, June 1 – July 4, 2015: 136
Number of actual terrorist attacks on American soil, July 4 2015: 0
Source: Proquest Newsstand
Today is Independence Day in the United States, and while many people treat Independence Day as a historical commemoration of the Revolutionary War, it is not. Independence Day marks the signing of a piece of paper on July 4, 1776 and invites us to consider the ideas animating that paper. Some of those ideas are […]
Yesterday, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled that a bakery in Gresham, Oregon must pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple for refusing to make them a wedding cake. You can read the ruling for yourself right here. Some salient facts:
Gresham, Oregon is a city of more than 100,000 people (a fifth of […]