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Eternal Equipoise: millennia at Eurasia’s heart
"the Uyghurs' current geopolitical predicament is only a bit more than 250 years in the making. The modern name of their homeland, Xinjiang, comes from the Chinese word for “New Territories.” A vast land more than twice the size of Texas, it was only annexed in the 1750’s by the ethnic Manchu emperors of China, during the Qing Dynasty, when ravenous imperial powers divvied up Eurasia’s heart between them."
Action Bias Among Elite Soccer Goalkeepers: The Case of Penalty Kicks
"analysis of 286 penalty kicks in top leagues and championships worldwide shows that given the probability distribution of kick direction, the optimal strategy for goalkeepers is to stay in the goal's center. Goalkeepers, however, almost always jump right or left. We propose the following explanation for this behavior: because the norm is to jump, norm theory (Kahneman and Miller, 1986) implies that a goal scored yields worse feelings for the goalkeeper following inaction (staying in the center) than following action (jumping), leading to a bias for action."
Are Women Overinvesting in Education? Evidence from the Medical Profession
"The median female (but not male) primary-care physician would have been financially better off becoming a physician assistant. While there is a wage gap, our result occurs primarily because most female physicians do not work enough hours to rationalize medical school whereas most men do." The cost is more socialized in other countries, but the cost to society as a whole would seem to have some similarities.

Orwell on the totalitarian outlook of intellectuals

(Some context here).

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Women's anticipation of the employment effects of motherhood: Evidence and implications
"If women are not fully anticipating the employment effects of motherhood, we would expect that the birth of the first child serves as an information shock, causing them to update their beliefs regarding their ability to maintain both family and work commitments. Consistent with this idea, we find that women become more traditional in their attitudes about gender roles regarding work and family after the birth of their first child. ... Interestingly, college-educated women appear most caught off-guard by motherhood, as they experience a larger ‘anti-work’ shift in their views than non-college-educated women."
Nearly half the world’s kids are exposed to dangerous levels of lead
"Flint became the symbol of catastrophic lead exposure in the United States. The breakdown of a long-neglected system was so terrible that it led to headlines for months and even became an issue in the 2016 presidential election. Yet children in low- and middle-income countries are, per this estimate, 10 times likelier to have high blood lead levels than children in Flint were at the height of the city’s crisis."
Black Ownership Matters: Does Revealing Race Increase Demand For Minority-Owned Businesses?
Wonder how this has shifted (and continues to shift) over time: "we investigate the impact of a new feature on a large online platform that made the race of a set of Black business owners salient to customers. We find that this feature substantially increased demand for Black-owned businesses - in the form of more calls to the restaurant, more delivery orders, and - using cell phone data from a different platform - more in person visits to the restaurant. New customers to Black-owned businesses were more likely to be White customers - suggesting demand among White restaurant goers for Black-owned businesses."

"Ideological Imbalances with Musa Al-Gharbi"

Apparently I've been watching a lot of Youtube lately, and one of the things that I'd suggest perhaps worth watching is this by Musa Al-Gharbi as Heterodox Academy has gotten back to podcasting again:

(If you prefer a platform other than Youtube, you can find the links here). It's not the first time he's been discussed here but definitely worth giving a listen I think.


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