(1) Republican donors are worried that Scott Walker is actually serious about his cultural agenda. (Hint: Enter a standard Republican demographic profile into this political calculator (white, heterosexual, Christian, male, rich, etc.), and then see what happens to social issues when you compare (a) having an MBA (i.e., many Wall Street honchos) with (b) having some college but no Bachelor’s degree (i.e., Scott Walker’s education level).)
(7) Dan Ariely on polite vs. self-interested lies. (But these categories overlap, right?)
(3) Smart people are typically socially liberal but economically conservative-to-moderate. (Not because those are the correct answers to factual questions, but because those policies advance the social and redistributive interests of smart people.)
5. You know that theory that says that one reason there isn’t a lot of intelligent life in the universe is that these societies get to a point where they destroy themselves with technology? On an unrelated note: This kid built his own laser gun.
6. Population explosion is a nightmare that didn’t come true. (Does the long history of widely shared fears that didn’t end up panning out (nuclear holocaust, population explosion, Y2K, etc.) suggest anything about the current climate disaster predictions? Or is this time different?)