In this video (‘Best Exercises for Overall Health & Longevity | Dr. Peter Attia & Dr. Andrew Huberman’), “‘neuroscientist and tenured associate professor in the Departments of Neurobiology and Ophthalmology and, by courtesy, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine who has made contributions to the fields of brain development, brain plasticity, and neural regeneration and repair” Andrew Hubeman coined Attia’s rule, named after Peter Attia, a “physician known for his medical practice that focuses on the science of longevity.”
In Danish psychologist Emil Kirkegaard’s blogpost Which test has the highest g loading?, he states that “(…) vocabulary is the single best way to measure intelligence in terms of g-loading. The chief other benefits of vocabulary tests is that they are fast to administer, and not stressful for the subjects.” But vocabulary tests also have cons, namely: “The chief disadvantage is that they are prone to bias, both with regards to age and non-native speakers.” He then goes on to extensively quote famous psychologist Arthur R. Jensen, of whom he, in another blogpost, wrote: “Pretty much everything is this field has already been said by Arthur Jensen somewhere in his 400+ papers and 5+ books.”
Jensen said one of those ‘everythings’, in this case the answer to the question why vocabulary tests are highly g-loaded and correlate highly with intelligence, in one of those 5+ books, namely his 1980 Bias in Mental Testing. The entire Jensen-quotation is given below (underlining and links where added by me):
Gevallen van óf manipulatie door media van nieuws, óf van media (-bewindsvoerders) die uitlatingen doen die bevestigen / aangeven dat media nieuws manipuleert, framed of de politiek / maatschappelijke agenda probeert te beïnvloeden. En wat aanverwante artikelen.
Three interesting paragraphs from Matt Ridley’s Nature via nurture: Genes, experience, and what makes us human (Harper Collins: 2003).
Interesting piece of text from Michael Crichton’s 1990 science fiction novel Jurassic Park. As happens more often with scifi, it doesn’t only tell a story, but also raises technological, ethical and / or philosophical questions. In this case about the accumulation of scientific knowledge.
Wikipedia: “Jurassic Park critiques the dystopian potentialities of science. Malcolm is the conscience that reminds John Hammond of the immoral and unnatural path that has been taken. The final condition of the park is epitomized by the word “hell”, which highlights the nature of Hammond’s sacrilegious attempt.
Michael Crichton’s novel is another version of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus tale where humanity creates without knowing. Henry Wu is unable to name the things that he creates, which alludes to Victor Frankenstein not knowing what to call his flawed imitation of God’s creative powers. The immorality of these actions lead to human destruction, echoing Frankenstein.”
Movies that take place in a (very) limited space are fascinating for multiple reasons. For starters, because viewers constantly see the same space and the same things inside that space, cinematography can’t conveniently rely on constantly showing interesting new views. It also pushes the script-writers: how to keep things happening in the same space constantly interesting enough. It is reminiscent of Oulipo‘s use of constrained writing techniques. Oulipo used constraints as “a means of triggering ideas and inspiration.”
In 1974, Scorsese published a very interesting talk he had with his parents, Americans from Italian descent. They tell hem about the old days, having 13 people living in three-room apartments, no electricity, washing by hand, lavatories in the garden, moving over from another continent, ethnic struggles.
A very, very different time, and even world.
Last but not least, we get Scorsese’s mothers’ recipe for sauce with meatballs and meat. Watch the documentary and try out Kathy’s recipe!