Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ideas that add up #59

Bayesian Thinking (based on Bayes Theorem) can provide unintuitive insights in a wide variety of situations. As a medical example, consider some rare horrible disease (SRHD), which strikes one person in a hundred independent of ethnicity, geographical area, or socioeconomic … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #58

Around us there is, in the Earth’s atmosphere, about 30 million million million molecules per cubic centimetre. So if you imagine a box that’s one centimetre on its side, you’d have 30 million million million molecules inside it, whereas out in … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #57

Abbas was born in Iranian Balichistan but left the country with his family when he was eight years old, returning in 1978 to cover the uprising and staying to be on hand when the Shah was removed from power in … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #56

So, naturalists observe, a flea / Hath smaller fleas that on him prey / And these have smaller fleas to bite ‘em / And so proceed ad infinitum  Jonathan Swift quoted in marine biology article in The Economist, February 16th, … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #55

KY: She says her metaphor for the brain is that of a garden that’s full of the most interesting and different things, that have to be cultivated and constantly checked. So, Uta Frith, at the heart of your work then … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #54

Everyone in Germany knows the voice of ‘Robert de Niro’, for example, and knows also whose actual voice it is — that of Christian Brückner, a prize-winning star among audio-book readers too, nicknamed ‘The Voice’ in the German-language media press. … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #53

…Wellington’s famous retort when asked how he could account for never having lost a battle against Napoleon’s armies during the Peninsular War. “Napoleon built his campaigns of iron,” he said, “and when one piece broke the whole structure collapsed. I … Continue reading

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