http://www.metafilter.com/favorites/19030/comments/ - Oct 31, 2014 5:39:20 AM - Dec 4, 2004 9:21:16 AM
Displaying comments 1 to 50 of 1783The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertiseRichard Feynman spoke about something that happened to him while he was working in Los Alamos on the Manhattan Project that seems a bit relevant here. It's from his talk 'Los Alamos from Below,' which is a really great collection of his experiences working as a young physicist amongst all these great scientific minds. The segment I'm linking to is about what happened when Oppenheimer sent him to the Oak Ridge facility in Tennessee where they were collecting and processing the uranium for the... [chambers8:40 AM on October 28, 2014It's unfortunate that saying something as useful as "I don't know" is often punished so severely in our culture. The flip side of this is, of course, imposter syndrome, where the most capable are full of insecurities because they (unlike their moron comrades) can see all of the known unknowns in front of them."The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid... [more]leotrotsky7:52 AM on October 28, 2014
Displaying comments 1 to 50 of 1780Bye Bye Mrs. Kot-ter~Was I the only person that had a wicked crush on her?
~Um, no. There are at least two of us.
She was the only reason I watched that show. I was in grade school in the late seventies and upon reflection, I notice that many of the important women in my life over the decades had large proportions of Julie Kotter and Bailey Quarters in their personalities.... [ricochet biscuit8:51 AM on October 27, 2014The Secret Life of NunsIf you grow up in a country with poor governance, or frequent war, with few prospects, the trade offs involved with a vocation may be a much more appealing deal. Your hypothesis would lead us to expect there to be a great many American nuns.justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow5:41 PM on October 26, 2014Face-ism Exists
Displaying comments 1 to 50 of 1777Russian empire changes clocks to Putin Time, expands to 11 time zonesI'll admit I may well be reading too much symbolism into Russian statecraft at this point, but I can't shake being vaguely amused by a Kremlin decree establishing permanent winter.goodnewsfortheinsane4:18 AM on October 26, 2014MeFi post: