Best Things I've Learned In May 2016

  1. As we age we perceive time faster because "adulthood is accompanied by fewer and fewer memorable events"
  2. Dunning-Kruger Effect: People who are inept at performing their jobs often perceive themselves as much more capable than they actually are.
  3. Streisand effect: The phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet
  4. Belonging to an institution warps your morality. You may do things you normally think are immoral because you subconsciously appropriate the values of the institution. Creating a leaking culture (vis-a-vis Julian Assange or Edward Snowden) may correct this phenomena because the cognitive stress of being caught would be to costly.
  5. A new disease/bacteria (Legionnaires/legionella) was discovered in the 70s after a ton of old veterans became ill and several died after staying at the Bellevue Stratford, a very ritzy hotel, for a conference with veterans. It turns out, this bacteria was growing in the heating/cooling tanks on top of the hotel and spreading through air.
  6. The fundamental law of highway congestion: more roads WILL cause mor traffic. When you increase the supply of roads you lower the cost of driving on the road, which in turn increases the demand. Creating more public transit also creates more traffic. The only way to decrease traffic is to increase cost. (Tolls etc)
  7. Stress blocks empathy. Meeting new people causes stress. Playing games reduces stress. Therefore playing games with strangers can facilitate empathy.
  8. During watergate scandal, a much bigger and affecting scandal COINTELPRO was being uncovered, which is essentially decades of a use of power and assassinations by the FBI.
  9. A former BYU president, Earnest Wilkensen, was extremely paranoid about communism and developed a culture of tattling on students and professors. He even went so far as to assign certain students spy on faculty members and report back to him
  10. Every hour, one person is murdered in El Salvador; 6,657 people were murdered there in 2015, up 70% from 2014. This is the result of a rampant gang culture. Many of these gangs originated in Los Angeles CA and migrated to El Salvador.