Goji Wonders

  • About 9% of American adults are veterans. (There were about 21.8M veterans in 2014.) Is America’s key competitive advantage heroism?
  • Why are compliments so few when the talk is cheap? It is puzzling because sincerity is likely poorly observed, and because people plausibly process compliments in a motivated manner, questioning the sincerity of compliments less. It may be because talk is not perceived as cheap. Or it may be that talk is not cheap because competing instincts to be honest, to demean, etc. are powerful.
  • Why is the food pyramid not called the food triangle instead?
  • Why do organizations like NSF etc. not ask for a stake in the patents that come from the funding? The rationale for free money escapes me. The profits could be funneled back into important research.
  • From what I have seen, the difference between sexes in the proportion body covered, the discomfort of attire, and the amount of makeup applied is the smallest in Taipei. I wonder why? Do sex differences on these metrics among old people provide good baseline estimates of politics of sexuality?
  • Say X follows Y on Twitter. I wonder if X ‘likes or retweets’ Y’s posts less once Y follows X.