- The Science of How Old People Learn New Things : The New Yorker"the scientific evidence for a widespread view called the “critical-period effect” [is] far weaker than widely supposed."
- Isaac Asimov on Bill Moyers World of Ideas pt 2 - YouTube From 1988; Asimov foresees how access to computers could personalise learning. Thanks to Tyler Cowen for the link
- The Beatles of Comedy - David Free - The Atlantic Interesting discussion of Monty Python and whether they could happen now
- America's Real Criminal Element: Lead (Mother Jones) "New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. (Kevin Drum)" [Up-date 8 January: But see also this detailed critical response from Scott Firestone. Thanks to Boing-Boing for the link.] [Further up-date 9 January; Drum responds, constructively.]
- Freakonomics -- An Economist’s Guide to Year-End Charitable Giving (The "year-end" bit matters more in the US than here, but still sensible advice.)
- Will Gutenberg laugh last? (Rough Type: Nicholas Carr) "...sales of dedicated e-readers are falling sharply, and suddenly it seems possible that reports of the death of the codex may have been exaggerated. So why might e-books fall short of expectations? Here are some possibilities..."
- Just in case you failed to notice: The world did not end on December 21, 2012 Excellent piece by Peter Berger, including good summary of the original research on cognitive dissonance (more on that here).What really is in your takeaway pizza « Doctor Stu's Blog