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  1. Is Revolution The Only Viable Solution?

    IQ scores come from fitting the raw scores on the test onto a normal curve. An IQ score of 100 is NOT a "test score" but means that 50% of the persons who took the test the last time it was recalibrated scored higher and 50% lower than whatever the score that gets translated to "100" is on the test. The tests are recalibrated every decade or two, by the way, and the raw score needed to obtain a score of 100 has actually steadily risen during the last century. This is known as the "Flynn effect" and has happened all over the world. So in terms of the parts of intelligence measured by IQ tests (the parts that are highly correlated with success in a traditional school system), the evidence is that the average human being has actually gotten a lot smarter over the last century. 25% of people will always end up with IQ scores below 90 because that is the way scores are assigned. I think suddenly denying an entire quarter of the population the right to vote would itself be likely to cause a revolution. I think you are underestimating the logistical nightmare of your proposal. To minimize the racial/ethnic and social class biases that are an almost inherent part of IQ tests, at a minimum to be fair you would have to give people individualized one-on-one IQ tests instead of relying on mass paper and pencil measures. The average time it takes to administer a Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, one of the most commonly used one-on-one tests, is 75 minutes. Giving the entire population who wish to register to vote a 75 minute individualized test before every important election would surely be cost prohibitive. Now, as a psychology professor maybe I should be in favor of this because if enacted this proposal could be called the "psychology majors full employment act". But I can't see any society being willing to devote the resources that would be needed to do this on a long term basis.
  2. Here's the link to today's column. When Googling information for this one I discovered there are several cities in the USA that are holding jazz concerts today in honor of Ms. Fitzgerald's 100th birthday. http://www.omaha.com/living/evans-enchanting-ella-traces-history-to-english-nobles/article_e0b3effb-54db-541e-9c57-ab951cd7f0f4.html
  3. It has dawned on me that the word "meme" is being used in ways which I think are rather different than what was intended by the person who invented the word. I just had a friend complain that too many people were posting "memes" on his Facebook feed. I asked him what he meant by a meme and his response was: A big box that contains words as opposed to a simple one or two line Status Update. My own personal definition of the word would be "any idea or image which becomes widespread by quickly being adopted by many people." I am deliberately NOT going back to find the history of the word, but just giving a definition off the top of my head. So how would you all define "meme" these days?
  4. Joyous Pascha, Happy Easter!

    Happy Easter!
  5. DNC would be Democratic National Committee. DCCC would be Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. DSCC would be Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee DGA would be Democratic Governors' Association. and I think DSLC is a mistake for DLCC, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.
  6. A correction: Steve Bullock, the present governor of Montana, is a Democrat, not a Republican: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/23/opinion/red-state-hope-for-democratic-blues.html?_r=0
  7. I think that for the great majority of human beings the degree of emotional frustration and upset associated with an event is a large part of evaluating how "inconvenient" it is. So I disagree with you that this is a lesser inconvenience.
  8. Wow, this seems to show a big misunderstanding of basic human psychology to me. I am absolutely sure that the huge majority of airline passengers would be much more emotionally upset by being removed from a flight after being seated than they would be by not being allowed to board an overbooked flight in the first place. Being already seated and then asked to leave would psychologically be much more frustrating -- once you're in your seat, you have emotionally begun your flight, whether or not the plane has taken off the ground. To not expect people to be much more disturbed in this situation than in the "standby bump" situation seems to show a lack of understanding of human nature.
  9. Here is the link to today's column. I was surprised to learn that Judith Anderson as well as Judy Garland was named "Frances" at birth. The Judys on "The Jetsons" and "Lost in Space" are an interesting phenomenon -- often TV gives characters names that are "too young" for them, with adult characters being given names that are mostly names of babies at the time the show is created. Here we have two teenage girls given a name which was actually very typical for teenage American girls at the time -- and yet the shows are set in the future, when the name may be anachronistic for a teenager. http://www.omaha.com/living/evans-name-judith-personified-justice-back-in-medieval-times/article_841b32be-2502-54a5-b0a6-dbd2b211a9c7.html
  10. The agony of pedestrian walking patterns

    When I was a child I was told exactly the same thing about walking on a road or street where there was NOT a separate sidewalk --pedestrians should walk facing the traffic to be safer. It does seem more natural to me, though, to walk on the right when on a separate sidewalk. Here's National Geographic's explanation of left vs. right driving: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/31/the-right-and-left-stuff-why-countries-drive-on-different-sides-of-the-road/ P.S. And this seems a much fuller and better article than the above: http://www.worldstandards.eu/cars/driving-on-the-left/
  11. When I was a child I had a friend who introduced me to peanut butter, lettuce, and mayonnaise sandwiches. I haven't had one in years but I liked them when I was a teenager. I generally like mayonnaise -- and like the "real thing" much better than the "Miracle Whip" alternative. Of course, I also like liverwurst -- and have since I was a child. I've never tried lutefisk, Marmite, or Vegamite though.
  12. You have posted this on the wrong forum. Please repost this to a forum dealing with the TV series and/or the books in one of the sections which is NOT labeled "Miscellaneous".
  13. U.S. Politics: High Nunes or Russian to Judgement

    Very interesting interpretation, and perhaps plausible. Though I'm afraid it's more likely what he's really doing is using "I never said that" super-literally to mean "I never uttered those exact words in that exact order."
  14. Yes, it was a complete coincidence! I was paying no attention at all to "Brexit Day" and the column was written because Tuesday, the day it was originally scheduled to be published, was the 502nd anniversary of the birth of Teresa de Avila.
  15. The "Living" section of the Omaha World-Herald has a new editor. He forgot to put my column in the paper yesterday so it's in there today instead. Two weeks from now it should be back on Tuesdays. http://www.omaha.com/living/evans-the-names-teresa-and-theresa-get-a-boost-from/article_2726a0bf-6350-5d42-8468-76693bfd822a.html