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Are you over-exerting your brain?

In the days when I was an enthusiast for competition bridge, I read a book by the British writer Victor Mollo which featured a character called The Hideous Hog. One sentence from that book, describing the Hog’s excuse for making a mistake, has always stuck in my mind “Sorry, partner; that’s what comes of over-thinking.” Over-thinking can be a serious ...

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119. Science in the real world: predicting society

If you think that science, and scientific thinking, have little to do with the rough-and-tumble of the real world, think again – and take a look at this wonderful paper by a group of psychologists and mathematicians from the Cornell-Princeton-Yale triangle (http://arxiv.org/pdf/1507.01561.pdf) that I recently had occasion to revisit. As with many scientific ...

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