Saturday, February 18, 2012

Einstein On Creative Thinking: Music and the Intuitive Art of Scientific Imagination | Psychology Today

Einstein On Creative Thinking: Music and the Intuitive Art of Scientific Imagination | Psychology Today: In other interviews, he attributed his scientific insight and intuition mainly to music. "If I were not a physicist," he once said, "I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.... I get most joy in life out of music"

The author writes "Einstein only employed words or other symbols (presumably mathematical) -- in what he explicitly called a secondary translation step -- after he was able to solve his problems through the formal manipulation of internally imagined images, feelings, and architectures. 'I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterwards,' he wrote."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lexicon Valley: Why we think we can’t end a sentence with a preposition. - Slate Magazine

The authority in the audio at this website is correct. It is OK to end sentences with prepositions. For more information: http://garbl.home.comcast.net/~garbl/stylemanual/myths.htm#preposition

Committee suggests simplifying jargon-filled Savannah River Site documents | The Augusta Chronicle

Citing the Plain Writing Act of 2010, the board said many of the site’s complex and acronym-studded public documents fall short of the Federal Plain Language Guidelines.

Those guidelines require that agencies prepare documents so that “users can find what they need, understand what they find; and use what they find to meet their needs.”

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Academic journal urges scientist to lose the jargon, use plainspeak instead

One of the world’s top academic journals is begging scientists to speak plain English — or German, or Chinese — instead of the “insane newspeak” of jargon that’s only used for showing off.

Writes biologist Gottfried Schatz, former head of the Swiss Science and Technology Council:
Most lectures on biological topics appear so overloaded with unnecessary information, so obsessed with technical detail, and so cluttered with abbreviations, jargon, and acronyms as to be nearly incomprehensible to anyone but the specialist.

Language Log » Severely X

Liberman writes:
In the Corpus of Contemporary American English, 'severely' precedes a modifier 959 times, and in 939 of these, the following word is something generally regarded as regrettable if not downright bad. In descending order of frequency: disabled, depressed, ill, limited, injured, retarded, impaired ....
So, since Mitt says he's "severely conservative," he either doesn't know what he's saying, or he's not sincere about it.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Rick Santorum is the conservative alternative to reality - PostPartisan - The Washington Post

Stronberg concudes:
Wittingly or unwittingly — not sure which is worse — Santorum asserts that certain statements are actually, verifiably true, when they are merely things he wants very badly to be true. He does this to an extent that’s remarkable even among his fellow politicians. Why is a major political party seriously entertaining the candidacy of a man who so lacks a working understanding of the difference between scientific knowledge and ideological or theological conviction?

Severe Conservative Syndrome - NYTimes.com

Severe Conservative Syndrome - NYTimes.com: The point is that today’s dismal G.O.P. field — is there anyone who doesn’t consider it dismal? — is no accident. Economic conservatives played a cynical game, and now they’re facing the blowback, a party that suffers from “severe” conservatism in the worst way. And the malady may take many years to cure.

Words matter!

Krugman concludes: "The point is that today’s dismal G.O.P. field — is there anyone who doesn’t consider it dismal? — is no accident. Economic conservatives played a cynical game, and now they’re facing the blowback, a party that suffers from 'severe' conservatism in the worst way. And the malady may take many years to cure."

Obamacare: Payers Use Plain Language | AAPC Physician Services

Obamacare: Payers Use Plain Language | AAPC Physician Services: Choosing and understanding health coverage may become as easy as buying cereal thanks to an element of health reform.

"Patients will receive straightforward language about what their health plans will cover beginning this Sept., a benefit of the Affordable Care Act- commonly called Obamacare - the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced Feb. 8 in a Final Rule."

OpenIDEO - How might we design an accessible election experience for everyone? - Inspiration - Plain language matters to voters!

OpenIDEO - How might we design an accessible election experience for everyone? - Inspiration - Plain language matters to voters!: We must be sure that ballots use language that all voters understand. This study showed that voters were more accurate on a ballot with plain language instructions than on one with traditional wording.

"In a study with 45 voters in 3 U. S. states, we had people vote two ballots that differed only in the language for explaining how to vote and for describing some of the specific contests. People made fewer mistakes on the ballot with plain language. And they greatly preferred the ballot with plain language."

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mind-Blowing Charts From the Senate's Income Inequality Hearing | Mother Jones

Mind-Blowing Charts From the Senate's Income Inequality Hearing | Mother Jones

More proof--that is, facts--that the Anti-American Republican Party is lying or ignorant or both when it defends and protects the tax status of the wealthiest people in the United States. In other words, the Anti-American Republican Party does NOT care about the middle class. And as soon as everyone in the middle class realizes that truth--and becomes disgusted by it--that elite party will continue to have more power than it deserves.

Zakaria: Mitt, you need to worry about the very poor – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

Zakaria: Mitt, you need to worry about the very poor – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs: On indicator after indicator, the U.S. compares badly with other rich nations on not only how impoverished it is but on the facilities and opportunities it is giving the poor. That's why social mobility has stalled in America. Compared with other rich countries, poor Americans are more likely to stay poor.

More truth. Zakaria writes: "Whatever the causes of poverty, when children grow up in desperate circumstances - circumstances that they had no role in creating - studies show that they will be more likely to drop out of high school, be unemployed, use drugs, have children out of wedlock and get ill. In other words, they will be unproductive members of society and cost taxpayers huge amounts of money over the course of their lives."
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