Links I Love: Volume 5

This post is late for a lot of reasons, but let’s just get into it.
This week I bring you links on why following your dreams can be dangerous; how the world is ending; why you’re always late (a scientific explanation); why feminism is feminism and not humanism or egalitarianism; why the church is “churchy”; how to do good effectively; why your typos and grammatical errors aren’t really your fault; how an extra second a day could change the world as we know it; and some other interesting links.

Scientists have found out why you’re chronically late
One of the most obvious and common reasons that people are frequently late is that they simply fail to accurately judge how long a task will take – something known as the planning fallacy. Research has shown that people on average underestimate how long a task will take to complete by a significant 40 percent.

It’s Called Feminism. Deal With It
Many argue that feminism should change its name to something more inclusive.
Why? To appease those who are uncomfortable with the reminder that society is unequal? To include those who feel left out because a movement isn’t focused on them?
When we live in an egalitarian utopia, where all genders are rid of prejudice and oppression, no one will be happier to change the movement’s name than feminists. We will be too busy running through fields of flowers and chasing rainbows to care if you call it equalism, egalitarianism, human rights promotion, or whatever you darn please.

Why Some Teen Brains May Be Hardwired To Make Risky Choices
But some young people are especially prone to making rash, risky decisions about sex, drugs and alcohol. Individual differences in the brain’s working memory — which allows people to draw on and use information to make decisions — could help explain why some adolescents are especially impulsive when it comes to sex, according to a study

The church is called to be churchy so deal with it
No one ever said that a sporting event was too sporty, a library too booky, a concert too musicy, an airport too planey, a home too homey, a college too schooly, or a hospital too hospitally.

Why the Number of Meals You Eat Per Day Doesn’t Matter
The reputed benefits of eating frequent, small meals have never been scientifically validated, although studies have tried. The first and most commonly cited benefit  is that eating frequently “stokes the metabolic fire.” Put less colloquially, the theory suggests that since eating increases your metabolic rate, the more often you eat, the higher your metabolic rate will be elevated.

What If Everything Was Your Fault?
Maybe it really isn’t, but have you ever wondered how things might change if you blamed yourself anyway? What if you took responsibility for things that really were outside your control? Would things get easier or would it make them worse?

#2 On Women and Men of God. Discernment- Part Two
I would have talked about it for a while and boxed it up in my mind to be revisited, and upon revisiting it, I would have doubted, wondered, and felt fear and inadequacy. If a man of God who had me sold did something that rebukable, then what about me, a young girl plowing through her days trying to live life for this God they claim to serve. What were the odds that I could live for God if they seemed to be having trouble? That would have been my reaction a while ago.

12 Things You Learned in College That Prepared You For The Real World
The ability to search the internet on a moment’s notice has been a total game changer for students and professionals alike.
“Don’t know the answer to that question on your homework? Google it. Don’t know the answer to a question in your first couple weeks on the job? Google it,”

Why Your Brain Lets You Make Grammar Mistakes (Even If You Know Better)
Think about how quickly you need to access words and interpret meaning when writing an email or having a conversation. Our brains don’t just stow away every individual word in our vocabularies in enormous storehouses, ready to be called upon, one-by-one, at a moment’s notice.
Instead, most linguistic researchers agree that words are stored in groups according to the relationship between words. They call the process “word priming.”

The world is about to experience a minute that lasts 61 seconds
“Should Man be the servant of technology? Or should technology be the servant of Man?” he asks rhetorically.
After all, if the world got rid of the leap second, time as counted by mankind would no longer be coupled to the exact rotation of the planet it lives on.

The Greatest Good
The simplest way to explain effective altruism and its discontents is to begin with three pillars of the movement: (1) You can make a truly enormous difference in the world if you live in a rich country; (2) you can “do good better” by thinking scientifically rather than sentimentally; and (3) you can do good even better by trying to find the greatest need for the next marginal dollar.
In other words, the wisest question is not “What is the greatest good?” but rather “What is the greatest good where the next dollar could have the greatest impact ?”

It’s the ‘end of the world’ yet again… but we feel fine
Here we go again. Brace yourselves, everybody – the world is reportedly going to end in September, according to a prediction made by Isaac Newton, as interpreted by this delightfully mad video.
If you’re exhausted by constantly being told that you could be smashed to bits by an incoming asteroid at any moment, take heart in the fact that you’re not the first to feel that way. You’re probably not the last either… unless the doomsayers actually get this one right.

Why “Following Your Dreams” Can Be A Dangerous Path
The whole “do what you love and the money will follow” mentality started to seem, quite frankly, like bullshit. Dangerous bullshit. Now, it seems like a kind of “artistic cult” mentality. This sentiment is rampant among certain affluent artsy and educational communities, and can truly and permanently mess up someone’s life. Sure, if you have other means of financial support, go ahead and attend graduate school full-time. But don’t impose your idealistic nonsense on impressionable students

86% of millennials think you’re full of shit
The push to characterize attitudes, habits and beliefs of people according to their generation are useful — to marketers and social scientists in particular — in order to find patterns and trends. The problem with this effort is that it categorically ignores the diversity of experience and the complexities of societal structures that shape our lives outside of the years in which we are born. It leads, predictably, to oversimplification of ideas and results in fairly useless analysis that may or may not actually apply to real life.

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