Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

These are some beautiful pictures of libraries. Scroll down to see them all. They are taken from a book that is linked in the article.

How do we decide who to trust? A glance is all it takes.

We may be taught not to judge a book by its cover, but when we see a new face, our brains decide whether a person is attractive and trustworthy within a tenth of a second, according to recent Princeton research.
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“It appears we are hard-wired to draw these inferences in a fast, unreflective way.”
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“We imagine trust to be a rather sophisticated response, but our observations indicate that trust might be a case of a high-level judgement being made by a low-level brain structure. Perhaps the signal bypasses the cortex altogether.”

George Allen isn’t sorry for his racist insult. His campaign manager retracts his apology. MyDD covers the story, and Steve Gilliard adds more, concluding with:

They’re clearly worried about the impact of the racist words coming from Allen’s mouth. And even if he didn’t say Macaca/Sand Nigger/Dune Coon/Haji what came after is worse. “Welcome to America”.
Excuse me. America is no longer just white people. That’s the real insult there. Especially when the kid was born in Virginia, unlike Allen.

From Democracy Now we hear this: Iraqi Peace Activist Forced to Change T-Shirt Bearing Arabic Script Before Boarding Plane at JFK.
For another view of Arabic writing, and to enjoy the elegance and beauty of Arabic calligraphy, take a look at the Journal of Ottoman Calligraphy.