Monthly Archives: September 2011

Skeptikai Notices (Sep11) – 9/11, Hackers, Psychology, and more

9/11:

The international news media has been writing extensively about 9/11, because of the 10-year anniversary of the incident. I couldn’t possibly reproduce all of the articles about it, but here are some of the pieces that stood out for me…

Internet archive shows Sept. 11 coverage – A website has gathered international news broadcasts on the 9/11 attacks, totaling over 3,000 hours of television. This is useful for researchers, and it’s interesting to compare the news from different perspectives, from America, to the UK, to Japan, etc.

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A Visual History of Sex and Violence

I stumbled upon an amazing picture that basically shows the evolution of man in terms of sex and violence, all the way from club-wielding cavemen to go-go dancers and semi-automatic machine guns. It’s a very interesting image that clearly the creator took a lot of time to make. Not just because of the artwork, but because of the random story-arcs and the various period references. So let’s see what you’ve got: How many periods can you identify? (Extra points for relevant locations) Write a comment below to show your history knowledge.

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Tokyo Likely to Get a Big Earthquake

At the risk of sounding like I’m sensationalizing things… Tokyo is at risk. This is a metropolis that houses around 35 million people (even more than the entire population of Canada, the 2nd biggest country in the world) and I do seriously fear for the safety of people in the area. The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake of March 11 was damaging not because it was perhaps the biggest earthquake in Japan’s history (it at least the biggest since Japan started recording earthquake data), but because it triggered the tsunami that killed tens of thousands. In truth, the earthquake probably only killed hundreds, and many of those were in Tokyo. Now, scientists are saying that Tokyo is at risk for a massive earthquake right under its feet. That has got me worried.

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The 5 Most Controversial Ads of August

 

Marketers are constantly trying to break new ground – push boundaries, get their names “out there,” and profit gloriously from it. August was a particularly interesting month for advertisements in the media, and we saw a number of them get pulled because of the backlash they caused. I’m not talking about some random political attack-ad that aired last month, but the regular products that everyday people consume. Mark Twain once said: “Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.” For the brief collection of ads below, you be the judge.

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Skeptikai Notices (Sep1) – Medicine, sex, memory, and skepticism

Medicine:

Half of GPs back change in rules on sex with patients – Is it okay for a doctor to have consensual sex with a patient? What if the doctor sends the patient to another practitioner? One survey specifically asked this to 282 general practitioners in the UK and found that “48% would support a GP’s decision to enter into a sexual relationship with a patient, as long as they registered with another practice.” 28% were against such a decision, and 24% were not sure, but the takeaway is that half of them were okay with it. So this raises the question… which one of the doctors above do you think is okay with it?

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