1. Tyranny of a doctor's note
Sickness of workers resulting in absenteeism has long been the source of friction between the employer and the employed. What started off as a tool to control labor is now a ubiquitous irritant for those who are genuinely sick in a modern health system environment. This is a very insightful piece on the dynamics, the history and the ramification of a simple "doctor's note."
2. Appearance and Crime
In the past phrenology was known as the "study of the shape and size of the cranium as a supposed indication of character and mental abilities." Interestingly data science and medicine also approach the same point.
Xiaolin Wu and Xi Zhang, two AI researchers, have said that they have trained an algorithm to identify criminals based on the shape of their faces, with 89.5% accuracy.
They are saying what many racist people would say.
3. Parents footing kids' bills
A recent survey by OnePoll on behalf of Chartway Credit Union, showed that despite not managing all of their expenses, 85% of respondents consider themselves to be financially responsible!
It is considered to be a shame in the US, but if one sees on a social level, it is - collectively speaking - a more efficient way of living.
4. The Story of Fahrenheit
Fahrenheit is now a standard. The story of Fahrenheit scale is both of inventive genius as well as the ingenuity of making thermometers that were reproducible. That is what Daniel Fahrenheit did.
Here is an audio and transcript from a program that is my all-time favorite - The engines of our ingenuity. Listen to it.
And then read it.
If you like these kind of things, you can access to all the transcripts here.
5. Population - Affront to our Survival
In this radio podcast from On Point Radio, Elizabeth Hadly shares some unique insights which are very troubling. She shares how she would have insects stuck on her wind screen when she drove westward. Now she doesn't see that anymore. In the last few years, almost 70% of the wild animal populations in the world have been lost!
Humans have become a scourge on the planet. Listen to this podcast.
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