The Best is Yet to Come
[University of Glasgow psychologist Rachael] Jack’s research suggests that our faces express just four, not six, psychologically irreducible emotions: Fear-Surprise, Anger-Disgust, Happiness, and Sadness). But none of this is to suggest, as many news sources claimed, that humans have only four feelings. “Nobody in their right mind would say there are only four emotions,” says Jack. “That simply isn’t true. Human beings have incredibly complex emotions.”
Ohio State University cognitive scientist Aleix Martinez has a similar respect for the complexity of human feelings. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences he describes how he and his team [developed] a way for computers to recognize 21 distinct facial expressions, including those that express seemingly contradictory emotions such as “happy disgust.”"
For more on this, watch LIE TO ME, a series (available on Netflix) based on the career of a researcher in the field. Compelling! I found myself scrutinizing everyone’s faces for signs of insincerity.
April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is Assassinated
On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story motel room in Memphis, TN.
A collection of original posters created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross PBS series features quotations by famous African Americans, including leaders, intellectuals and cultural figures such as Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, President Barack Obama, and more. The posters, which can be downloaded, printed and shared, can be found here: http://to.pbs.org/1efp1fy
Two awesome Brits!
Why I Wore Red Shoes to My Dissertation Defense
I had defended my dissertation last spring. Needless to say, it did not go well. My research had more loose ends than the hem of well-worn, fraying jeans. Yet, I don’t fail academically … or do I?
I let the document sit for almost three months before I had the guts to face its shortcomings. Much of it hit the trash pile. Three subsequent submissions to my advisor, pages and pages of feedback before the short, simple message arrived: “You have a defensible document.”
I wore a simple black pantsuit, crisp white blouse, a locket with pictures of my sons and granddaughter, my anniversary necklace. While I carried my family with me, one final talisman would remind me of Glinda’s words. YOU’VE ALWAYS HAD THE POWER MY DEAR, YOU JUST HAD TO LEARN IT FOR YOURSELF.
"Science works on the frontier between knowledge and ignorance. We’re not afraid to admit what we don’t know – there’s no shame in that. The only shame is to pretend that we have all the answers."
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson adds to history’s finest definitions of science in the second episode of his Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, reminding us that the art of not-knowing drives science. (via explore-blog)
The sin lies in claiming to know it all.
Trying to go gluten-free but are confused by all of the flour options out there? Here is a helpful guide to get through your confusion:
For the full guide, you can find it here: http://www.forkandbeans.com/2013/12/30/guide-gluten-free-flours/
These cupcakes are gluten-free. Really.
Tomorrow we talk to Jack Bishop and Julia Collin Davison of America’s Test Kitchen about their favorite gluten-free recipes and cooking tips.
photo courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen
This broadcast explains the nuances of G-F, which I’ve yet to master!
Happy Pi Day! Celebrate with some beautiful data art by Martin Krzywinski, visualizing the digits of pi. For good measure, pair with David Byrne on how to be an educated consumer of infographics.
It’s Pi Day!