11 May

Lotteries – The Frontal Cortex

The study neatly illuminates the sad positive feedback loop of lotteries. The games naturally appeal to poor people, which causes them to spend disproportionate amounts of their income on lotteries, which helps keep them poor, which keeps them buying tickets. The saddest part is that these destructive games are run by the government.

via Lotteries – The Frontal Cortex. A lottery is quite possibly one of the stupidest things to spend money on.

03 Jan

Scientists say dolphins should be treated as ‘non-human persons’ – Times Online

Dolphins have long been recognised as among the most intelligent of animals but many researchers had placed them below chimps, which some studies have found can reach the intelligence levels of three-year-old children. Recently, however, a series of behavioural studies has suggested that dolphins, especially species such as the bottlenose, could be the brighter of the two. The studies show how dolphins have distinct personalities, a strong sense of self and can think about the future.

via Scientists say dolphins should be treated as ‘non-human persons’ – Times Online.