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Psychotherapie-Witze — verschiedene Therapeuten erklären den Weg zum Bahnhof

Montag, 9. April 2012 12:58

Einer meiner Lieblingswitze, d.h. eigentlich eine Serie von Witzen, den ich schon so oft googeln musste, dass ich ihn jetzt mal hier festhalte. Erklärt, was verschiedene Therapieschulen und andere soziale Berufe im Kern so machen in jeweils einem Satz.

Ein Passant fragt: „Wo geht’s denn hier zum Bahnhof?“ Es antwortet ihm ein:


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Thor vs. Jesus and Social Science

Mittwoch, 9. November 2011 16:45

This little comic comparing different gods‘ achievement made me laugh twice — first because the comparison is so sweet, and second when I talked about it with a friend who pointed to some methodological flaws in the conclusion. So I can’t resist sharing it here, and commenting on how it illustrates some problems in (especially) social science research on intervention effects.


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Capitalism vs. Free Market — what’s in a name, and is Fascism in the picture?

Sonntag, 5. Juni 2011 13:30

Despite my best efforts, this Sunday is on the best way to being a random-web-surfing day, reading (among many other things) critiques of Capitalism using an Indian company’s mobile network in remote Tanzania…

This randomness is of course the source of what we often deplore as procrastination, but I’m realizing it can also set free creativity, by presenting side by side concepts that seem only very loosely related at first. So here is my starting point, a very insightful remark on what difference it makes if we speak about Capitalism or Free Market Economy, from John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian-American economist and author, published in the article Free Market Fraud in The Progressive magazine in 1999:


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The Meaning of Life — ahm, Monty Python

Dienstag, 24. Mai 2011 14:37

In introducing a friend here to my „Monty Python Sings!“ collection, I realize two things: First, the range of things they ridicule is immense — religion, philosophy, medicine, sexuality, … Second, it can be quite hard to explain what Monty Python is all about, with this mixture of offense and nonsense. And this brought me back to an incidence where they (John Cleese, that is) explained that themselves — in a formidable Eulogy at Graham Chapman’s funeral. Here’s what he said towards the end:


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Tanzanian „Mock“ National Exam Maths Question

Dienstag, 17. Mai 2011 14:55

I had a delightful time helping the Form 4 (last year of secondary school, before the A-levels) students with questions from their „Mock“ National Exam in Mathematics, which will soon decide about whether they can go on to the A-levels. One of these questions surprised me with the amount of creative thinking it involved. That is, I am wondering if there is a standard way to solve this that I overlooked. So here it is, any inputs are welcome (train your brain!):

In a geometric progression, the sum of the second and third term is 6, and the sum of the third and fourth term is –12. Find the first term and common ratio of the progression.

I will post my solution after some comments come in, or I get bored waiting ;)

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Scientific Fields Arranged by Purity

Montag, 11. April 2011 7:42

It must be old news for some, because the comic is actually from 2008, but I laughed very hard and at the same time felt it says a lot about our world in many ways. Oh well, here it is, thanks to XKCD:


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Markets with Search Costs — Nobel Prize in Economics?!

Mittwoch, 13. Oktober 2010 0:53

I just read the „Popular Information“ about this year’s Nobel Prize Winners in Economics and don’t quite know whether I’m shocked or happy. It’s good stuff like that is being discovered. How very sad that it took till the 70s for this to catch on. Here’s the basic discovery:


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Merkel Superkleber

Montag, 27. September 2010 0:59

Ich muss auf eine schöne Bildercollage hinweisen, die wohl schon mindestens einige Monate im Netz kursiert, mir aber erst vor kurzem bekannt wurde — die logischste Erklärung für Angela Merkels eingeschränkte Gestik: Superkleber.


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Stephen Colbert in Congress talking about Immigration

Samstag, 25. September 2010 11:48

As a long-time fan of Stephen Colbert, I’d like to point you to a video of him „testifying“ in Congress on the issue of immigration. Here’s my favorite line in it:

Apparently, even the Invisible Hand doesn’t want to pick beans. — Stephen Colbert, Opening statement during a hearing of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Security (from C-SPAN 9/24/10 coverage)

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Aus der Mitte der Diplomarbeit — Groß– und Kleinschreibung

Freitag, 4. Juni 2010 13:41

Bei der Arbeit an einem großen wissenschaftlichen Werk beschäftigen einen manchmal ganz kleine Fragen, und hin und wieder sind es die kleinen Fragen nach der Größe — der Schreibung. Zum Glück gibt einem Google immer schnell die Antwort. Und manchmal noch die Anregung zu einem erheiternden und lehrreichen Quiz. Mein Ergebnis: 66% …

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