European produced culture

This is a break from the usual technical sciency stuff! I talked with John Fuerst about how weird it is that people all over the Western world were watching the same American produced cartoons as a child. A kind of pan-Western world environmental effect, if there are any long term effects of watching these, aside…

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Do music genres exist? An outline of an empirical approach

I don’t have time to do this project right now. However, since I gathered a bunch of relevant resources that I don’t want to have to re-find, I will write them down somewhere — here. My blog is my extended memory. Music genres are another fuzzy concept, like races. Lots of genres (and classification systems…

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Music and work performance: what do we know?

Many people listen to some kind of music while working, or perhaps to some kind of colored noise. Many people will swear that this works. There are multiple ways it can work: Increases work performance. Increase work enjoyment (positive mood effect). Makes work seem to go faster (time experience effect). They are not necessarily causally…

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