Links of the Week (02/03/2020)

The biology of lying, beards are sexy, and Dr Horsepower (aka Hippocrates)…

A 51-year-old man I will call “Mr. Pinocchio” had a strange problem. When he tried to tell a lie, he often passed out and had convulsions. In essence, he became a kind of Pinocchio, the fictional puppet whose nose grew with every fib. For the patient, the consequences were all too real: he was a high-ranking official in the European Economic Community (since replaced by the European Union) and his negotiating partners could tell immediately when he was bending the truth. His condition, a symptom of a rare form of epilepsy, was not only dangerous, it was bad for his career.

If you read further, I think this explains why some people are more prone to, or better at, lying. Morality price set aside, the biology of this is very interesting.

The Art of Lying

The beard is an ever contentious subject in the domain of male grooming practices. Love them or hate them, new research on heterosexual mating preferences offers clues about why some women fawn over facial hair.

Whether or not women think beards are sexy has to do with “moral disgust”

I can rock a solid beard.

Science of Attraction: Here’s what women think of beards

Hippocrates was the Father of Medicine. It is from him that we get the Hippocratic oath that doctors have to swear. Of course, it’s got nothing to do with hypocrites. The hippo there is usually a horse – that’s why a hippopotamus is a river-horse and a horse-racing arena is a hippodrome. And crat is usually power as in plutocrat, aristocrat, theocrat etc.

So, I thought, if my calculations are correct, Hippocrates was really Dr Horsepower.


Hypocrites and Horse-Power

Many readers buy books with every intention of reading them only to let them linger on the shelf.

Statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb believes surrounding ourselves with unread books enriches our lives as they remind us of all we don’t know.

The Japanese call this practice tsundoku, and it may provide lasting benefits.

“The antilibrary’s value stems from how it challenges our self-estimation by providing a constant, niggling reminder of all we don’t know. The titles lining my own home remind me that I know little to nothing about cryptography, the evolution of feathers, Italian folklore, illicit drug use in the Third Reich, and whatever entomophagy is. (Don’t spoil it; I want to be surprised.)”

This makes me feel a bit better about those books I bought with the intention of reading, but haven’t yet.

The value of owning more books than you can read

Author: Scott

The mountains are calling, let me grab a jacket and my kids.

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