The Tuba of Mathematics: M.N. Huxley Quote of the Day

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“If mathematics were an orchestra, the exponentials would be the violins. The ρ(t) would be the flutes; they are introduced by the exponentials. The Poisson summation formula would be the tuba: powerful, but ridiculous when used too much” — M.N. Huxley From Area, Lattice Points and Exponential sums, by M.N. Huxley. Now go lift something […]

Zen Meditation: Watch the Pot Boil – Weightlifting Academy Episode

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Most people are too wimpy to actually follow my advice. That’s odd, because my advice is very easy to follow! Case in point: Zen meditation for beginners. I like to have beginners start with this trick: Watching a pot of water boil on the stove. It’s not hard at all… but it is amazingly boring! […]

Why You Can’t Trust Your Eyes: Missing Square Puzzle

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In case you still think that “seeing is believing”, here’s a classic example of an optical trick that is easy to play on the human eye. It’s called the missing square puzzle, because in one configuration it appears as though the triangle occupies one more square than in the second configuration. But that’s not actually […]

Everywhere is Everything – Daily Zen

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Quote from Hui-k’ung: Everywhere is where followers of the Way lay down their lives. Everywhere is where followers of the Way tune their minds… Everywhere is not everywhere; it is called everywhere. I often see students who are narrow-minded, who gain a little bit in a limited context, with limited perspective, and consider this enough, […]

Secrets of Mastery – Weightlifting Academy Episode

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Snatching is like getting punched in the face… or punching someone else in the face. It’s hard, it’s scary, and it’s better to master the BASICS rather than try to learn everything all at once. Go DEEP, only then can you go wide. This video is from our Snatch Domination Course, an online class taught […]

The Trouble With Overconfidence & Underconfidence?

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In the paper by Moore and Healy entitled, “The Trouble with Overconfidence” the authors take a deeper look into some of the inconsistencies in the psychological literature related to the problem of understanding how overconfidence arises and what happens when it does. They point out that the research has defined overconfidence in 3 different ways: […]

10,000 Calorie a Day Sumo Diet: Can You Handle It?

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Here’s a video of a Sumo Champion who eats 10,000 calories a day “to be big and strong”. If you are serious about being a better athlete, I strongly advise that you start eating more. That goes double if you’re a female under 165 pounds. Now go eat something heavy, Nick Horton

The Substance of the Mind – Daily Zen

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Quote from Shih-t’ou: The substance of your mind is apart from annihilation and apart from eternity; its essence is neither polluted nor pure. Calm and complete… All realms of experience and all states of being are only manifestations of your own mind — does the moon reflected in water or the images in a mirror […]

“Behavioral Experiments in 15 Small-Scale Societies” vs Modern Economic (Wo)Man – Game Theory

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Modern first-world societies are all FAR more like one another than they are like “small-scale” societies. Culture matters, but rarely in the way you think it does. We have a tendency to hype cultural distinctions (vs differences) that don’t matter — such as whether you grew up eating sushi or hotdogs. Among the cultural differences […]

Fuck Your Abs: What Can You DO?

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Saw this video the other day, and I thought it got the point: It’s not what you look like that matters, it’s what you do. While clearly this is targeting females, it obviously applies to all genders. So if you’re a dude who is obsessed with getting abs, I’d want you to spend a lot […]

Hands That Bind: Human vs Ape in the Evolution of Intelligence

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“Did hands make us human?”, asks John Hawks in an article in Nautilus: Ape thumbs are short afterthoughts, jutting awkwardly below the long, strong bones of the hand. No ape supplies each thumb with its own flexor pollicis longus, deep in the forearm. This muscle pulls powerfully on the thumb bones, clamping them forcefully onto […]

Does Culture Matter? Lessons from the Amazon – Research Review

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“Culture” is often ill-defined, overused, and misused as a causal force in discussions about human behavior. We have a need for more hard data and theory about the exact nature of what “culture” IS and what it DOES. Enter Joe Henrich of the University of British Columbia. When Joe Henrich was still in grad school […]

Data-Constraining Theorizing – Colin Camerer Quote of the Day

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“No science — especially the “hard” sciences economists envy most, such as physics, chemistry and biology — has flourished without a very large does of data-constraining theorizing.” — Colin Camerer From the book, Behavioral Game Theory. One of the signs of an immature science is the lack of either a robust theoretical (usually a euphemism […]

Monkey FAIL: Distinctions vs Difference – Weightlifting Academy Vidcast

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A distinction is not the same as a difference. A distinction is only important in a surface-detail way. A difference is important in the details that matter. This story is about Ancient Chinese Monkeys — on the surface. But it’s really about YOU — a modern monkey Now go lift something heavy, Nick Horton

How Would Santa Squat? In The Snow

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My friend Edwin made this video of one of his workouts. He lives in Canada… it shows, LOL — the end is epic. Post by Edwin Bona. Now go lift something heavy (in the snow!), Nick Horton

What Math Education “Reformers” Should Learn From Artists & Athletes

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The education field tends to rely heavily on qualitative studies, sometimes proclaiming open hostility towards modern statistical research methods. Even when the research is clear on a subject — such as how to teach first-graders to read — educators often willfully ignore the results when they don’t fit their ideological preferences.” — Chester E. Finn […]

What is “Good” Mathematics? Terence Tao on the Many Ways…

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Here’s Terrance Tao on the possible ways in which something might be considered “good” in mathematics (his words): Good mathematical problem-solving (e.g. a major breakthrough on an important mathematical problem); Good mathematical technique (e.g. a masterful use of existing methods, or the development of new tools); Good mathematical theory (e.g. a conceptual framework or choice […]

Heels, Heels… Your Healed! How to Fix (Almost) Everything Wrong With Your Squats

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I’ve lost count of the number of times a lifter complains about some pain related to squats; or their frustration over not “getting” the technique of squats; or not hitting new PR’s on the squat — and having the answer be, “push through your heels.” MOST beginners (even most intermediates) on the Barbell Squat — […]

How Many Cookout Milkshake Flavors Can You Make? Getting Binomial

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When someone hits a new PR at Asheville Strength we tell them to go get a PR-Milkshake from Cookout. Of course, PR’s are recursively acquired. In order to hit PR’s regularly you need more milkshakes Given that, Tamara and I went to Cookout last night and I got a milkshake. The sign says they have […]

arXiv hits 1 Million Articles: Fighting “The Man” of Science Publishing

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Openness and Transparency are essential for progress. Sadly, most scientific publication processes obscure both. Thankfully, in mathematics, physics, computer science, and related fields there’s the arXiv, a pre-print server where authors can post their papers long before they’ve gone through the peer-review process. It’s just reached 1 Million pre-prints. I’m looking forward to the continued […]

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