Month: April 2018

Introducing the Mixed Mental Art’s Series on IQ

Photo by on Unsplash Humans are the most adaptable species on the planet. We’ve evolved cultures that have allowed us to adapt to every environment from the scorching desert to the frozen arctic to the humid rainforest and even the urban jungle. Humanity’s superpower, our ability to learn efficiently from those around us, means that figuring out how to adapt and survive rests on us coming together. As we all head into the unfamiliar environment of the #jobocalypse, our mutual survival depends on our collaboration in order to release the potential of every individual on the planet.   Photo by NASA on Unsplash An important part of that process is discarding the outdated cultural beliefs that hold everyone back. Humans tell stories in order to understand the world in which we live. Very often these stories don’t fit well with reality. The scientific method is the best attempt so far to evaluate the validity of human stories. A model is proposed and then it is tested and retested by as many people as possible. Unfortunately, some terrible stories never face the rigor of the scientific method before they are accepted as “truth.”   “This shit is bananas!”  Photo by Ben White on Unsplash This series is dedicated to undoing a particularly damaging narrative: the idea that somehow race and intelligence are linked. As we’ve covered elsewhere, racism evolved in response to the introduction of diseases like the falciparum...

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Our Natural Disaster: A Beautiful Side Effect

Our Natural Disaster: A Beautiful Side Effect Jenni Aguilar, California Just as our community (Santa Barbara, CA-area of SoCal) was coming back from the havoc wreaked by the largest fire in California history, just as we thought the worst had come and gone…rain.  A lot of rain. A ‘200-year rain event’, which means inches of rain in minutes. The rain, which was nowhere to be found while the flames ripped through our hills (thanks Mother Nature!), made a short but devastating appearance on January 9th. We have no words for the horror and the loss (23 lives, more injured, hundreds...

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The Legacy of Vance Music and Beal’s Law

The Legacy of Vance Music and Beal’s Law Adam Hansen, New York While working on my MBA at Indiana University back in the Cambrian Period (vertebrates had just emerged – wild times!), I was fortunate to be a manager at Vance music store, headquartered in Bloomington. A second store 30 minutes south of the Bloomington flagship, in Bedford, was the site of perhaps more impromptu jams than big-ticket sales, as weeknights in Bedford, Indiana were, y’know, slow. One of our sales guys was a wonderful, kind-hearted cat named Tug Beal, native son of Bedford proper and about 15 years...

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