Learning! Roundup: The intelligence of the lazy, white supremacy, the actual joys of single life, and more

Is he the smartest of them all?

It's smart to be lazy

A new study has shown that people who are "thinkers" tend to be more sedentary than those who are not. Now, before you get all excited that your Netflix binging is a sign of great intelligence, remember, this is correlation only. Repeat after me: correlation does not imply causation. The effect was only notable during the week, which might just mean that people who enjoy thinking through problems took jobs that involve, you know, sitting and thinking through problems.

Still, if you want to use this to justify your laziness, go for it.

A handy guide to white supremacy


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Chickens against Zika!

Turns out that mosquitos don't like chickens. When in the wild, they feed on pretty much anything around (sheep, cattle, goats), but they avoid chickens despite the fact that there are a ton of them. Time to develop a chicken-based mosquito repellant! Vegetarians like myself will be forced to face a horrible decision.

The actual joys of single life

Perhaps prompted by elderly women who credit being single with their long lives, researchers are now looking into singlehood as a potentially desirable life state. I know, I know, we are meant as a society to shun and be generally confused by those who do not mate, yet it turns out they do more meaningful work, have better relationships with family and friends, and have a greater sense of self-determination and personal growth than those walking two-by-two.

Basically, science have proven what we all knew: the lives of smug married people slowly become more and more insular and boring while single people rock the world.

Your car is poisoning you

Not really. Well, probably it is in some way, it is a travelling carton of explosive gasses, after all. But what I'm talking about here is research showing that this is what our brains think is happening when we get carsick.

Okay, that's kind of an exaggeration, too. Our brains do not think that our cars are trying to poison us. Carsickness is the result of our brains thinking we are being poisoned, though.


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