Education, autodidactism, etc.: Another Wikipedia trip

It began with this conversation with my friend Chad on Skype:   [09:54:34] Chad Stearns – Economist: A friend of mine met Aubrey De Grey [09:54:41] Chad Stearns – Economist: And did some similar research. [09:57:21] Emil – Deleet: de grey is pretty cool guy [09:57:28] Emil – Deleet: autodidact ppl ftw [11:14:06] Emil –…

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Big Five’s Openness to Experience and declicious correlations (yummy!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openness_to_experience Lots of interesting correlations! “Intelligence and knowledge Openness correlates with intelligence, correlation coefficients ranging from about r = .30 to r = .45.[11] Openness is moderately associated with crystallized intelligence, but only weakly with fluid intelligence.[11][12] A study examining the facets of openness found that the Ideas and Actions facets had modest positive correlations…

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Some random things that i read recently+thoughts

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-brazil-prisonreadingl2e8hp75l-20120625,0,7694158.story This is an interesting idea. – http://news.yahoo.com/math-anxiety-school-scientists-too-190128180–abc-news-tech.html http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/06/22/1205259109 Not surprised. Surely, there is a similar aversion among filosofy students at my university to logic, since its the formal near-equivalent of math. And when i change to linguistics this fall, i expect to see a similar aversion to formal linguistics (say, generative grammar). I wonder,…

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Personality psychology, five factor model and online tests

Since hearing about the five factor model (FFM), i have had an interest in personality psychology. I’m very happy that someone has invented a proper test so that we can finally stop hearing about pseudoscientific tests such as those based on psychoanalytic rubbish, most commonly the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tests. I was re-reading the Wikipedia…

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