Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Good WSJ Read

Jared Diamond is the man, one of my favorite scientists.

"Real sacrifice wouldn’t be required, however, because living standards are not tightly coupled to consumption rates. Much American consumption is wasteful and contributes little or nothing to quality of life. For example, per capita oil consumption in Western Europe is about half of ours, yet Western Europe’s standard of living is higher by any reasonable criterion, including life expectancy, health, infant mortality, access to medical care, financial security after retirement, vacation time, quality of public schools and support for the arts. Ask yourself whether Americans’ wasteful use of gasoline contributes positively to any of those measures."

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Good Read

Although the women always started encounters with a stranger with many classical solicitation behaviors, after a few minutes their actions started to reflect their real feelings. Importantly, the women also seemed to control the encounter - what the women did had a direct effect on how the men behaved next.

"You can predict male behavior from female behavior but not the other way round," says Grammer. A woman's nod, for instance, kept a man talking.

Here is a FACT:

About 5.5% of the male population in America never marries.

Of this group, about 50% of these men are homosexuals.