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How to Stop Your Mind Wandering

“The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will." -- William James Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making...Show More Summary

Another Archaeologist Pussy-footing Around the Issues

In the comments to PAS-partner Dave Crisp's awful Guardian opinion piece "Joy of metal detecting – it’s not just about the treasure", you can see British archaeology at its best (worst). Now bear in mind that Crisp writes: "We are very...Show More Summary

How not to do a solar power project – great moments in solar engineering

Regarding this article, I think I’ve found a simple reason for this failure, and the reason will shock and surprise you. In the article, a news report by TV station WFTS is cited: WFTS News in Tampa obtained copies of the courthouse’s electricity bills and confirmed the savings are no more than about $2,000 per…

Saturday Stat: New Orleans Weathers the Great Recession

Partly because the city had just begun to recovery from Hurricane Katrina when the Great Recession began, it suffered less job loss relative to its pre-recession state and GDP actually grew 3.9% between 2008 and 2011. No other southern metropolitan area cracked 2% in the same period. Charles Davidson, writing for EconSouth, offers the following […]

Samuel Adams’s Petition to the Legislature

Yesterday I mentioned a New England Historical and Genealogical Register obituary for Samuel “Rat-trap” Adams after his death in 1855. After giving some details about his parents it said:At the time of the Revolution he was old enough to perform services in that cause, which he did, on the patriot side. Show More Summary

Why not get involved in Real Archaeology instead?

The Glasgow Trafficking Culture Project folk tend not to get involved with the debate on UK metal detecting, especially now Suzie Thomas has left for other climes. Donna Yates however, despite a recent tangle with one of the 'ambassadors...Show More Summary

Focus on Metal Detecting: Welcome to Hoik Wiltshire Too

Dave Crisp and heap of coins PAS poster-boy metal detectorist Dave Crisp (photogenic Frome Hoard finder) now writes for the Guardian ('The joy of metal detecting – it’s not just about the treasure', Friday 29 August 2014). Yesterday,...Show More Summary

How Whale-Watching Might Be Harming Whales

Gazing at whales from a boat may seem like an animal-friendly pursuit, but new research is questioning that idea. Why? It's not just about the odd collision; whale-watching seems to stress out the whales, Nature reports following a symposium in Scotland. When they spot a boat—whose operators know where...

“Massive Resistance” Generation Responds to the Committee

I have absolutely no problem with students and alumni at Washington & Lee University expressing disagreement with the school’s decision regarding the display of Confederate flags in Lee Chapel. After all, it’s their school. I expressed concerns about the Committee’s list of demands early on so I am certainly sympathetic to both sides. But there... Continue reading

Abduweli Ayup

"Uyghur linguist sentenced to 18-month prison term in China", LSA News 8/28/2014: The LSA has learned from news reports published this week that Abduweli Ayup has been ordered to pay a large fine and continue his detention in a Chinese prison for the next six months. The LSA had sent a letter earlier this year to […]

Saturday Interview: Howard Fuller

Howard "Howie" Fuller is a PCS activist from London. Among his sins are a penchant for comics and prog rock. He blogs at Howie's Corner and has proven so far resistant to Twitter's lure. - Why did you start blogging? I actually came to blogging by accident rather than design. Show More Summary

Coins For Sale, where from? "Get Stuffed"

Hans Memling, Portrait of a man with a coin of the Emperor Nero WGS the "Get Stuffed antiquarian" has quite a few ancient dugup "Coins for Sale" which certainly do not come from the soil of Missouri. Look how he promotes them: CoinsShow More Summary

France returns skull of New Caledonian chief

After 135 years, the skull of High Chief Ataï from the Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia has been returned to his homeland. In a ceremony on August 28th, France’s Overseas Territories Minister George Pau-Langevin gave the skull to Bergé Kawa, a chief in his own right and a direct descendant Ataï’s. This is a righting [...]

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

A Death Valley mystery potentially solved and a strange revelation about Hello Kitty make the list: Death Valley's Moving Rock Puzzle Finally Cracked : For at least a century, the "slithering stones" of Death Valley—rocks, some of them boulders weighing more than 600 pounds, that move across the desert floor...

Psychology Around the Net: August 30, 2014

Do you care for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease and wonder how you can better help them — and yourself — make it day by day? What about a fear of asking for advice? Ever heard of sleep drunkenness? We have it all and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Risky Situations At […]

Collectors and Syria: "get Stuffed"

Over on Wayne Sayles' Ancient Coin Collecting blog, he has published a comment on the passage of enabling legislation by the UK government [The Export Control, Syria Sanctions Amendment Order 2014 SI 2014 1896] to enforce trade sanctions...Show More Summary

What has Economics Done for You Lately?

A very nice talk by Robert Litan on the contributions of economists and economic ideas to the internet economy:

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