Latest Dichotomies Stories

2010-03-03 13:25:22

Researchers from the University of Cádiz (UCA) have studied the connection between professional preferences and personality, based on interviews and questionnaires carried out on 735 secondary school students from the province of Cadiz. The results indicate that personality does not have an influence when choosing a professional career. "The data shows us that there is no strong relationship between the choice of university degree (vocation) and personality traits. As a result the use of...

2009-12-10 06:40:00

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In her new nonfiction book, "It's All Light: The Morphic Resonance of Light; A Unified Theory" (published by Trafford Publishing), author Gloria Prema presents a unified theory of science and spirituality that reconciles many of the discrepancies between these two fractured disciplines, covering topics ranging from the wave-particle duality of light in the physical world to the tunnel of light commonly seen during near-death experiences. Drawing...

2009-05-01 22:43:56

U.S. researchers found evidence that supports a stereotype held by many Americans that Mexicans are more outgoing, talkative, sociable and extroverted. The study, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, said that finding also contradicts the way many Mexicans view themselves, as being less extroverted than Americans. A team of social psychologists had students from Mexico and the United States wear small digital audio recorders the size of a cell phone for two days and then...

2008-07-01 06:00:15

By Stoelhorst, J W Abstract: This paper engages with the methodological debate on the contribution of Darwinism to Veblen's (1898) evolutionary research program for economics. I argue that ontological continuity, generalized Darwinism, and multi-level selection are necessary building blocks for an explanatory framework that can fulfill the promise of Veblen's program. I clarify the causal logic of generalized Darwinism and suggest an ontology for the study of economic development on the...

2005-10-11 14:15:00

A hundred years ago, we took the first steps in recognising, at the level of elementary physical events, the dual character of nature that had been postulated in natural philosophy. Albert Einstein was the first who saw Max Planck's quantum hypothesis leading to this dual character. Einstein suggested the photon have an electromagnetic wave character, although photons had previously been considered as particles. That was the quintessence of his work on the photoelectric effect. Later in...

2005-06-11 10:10:54

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The National Academies, the flagship of U.S. science, said on Friday it had set up a Web site to battle attempts to portray evolution as mere speculation about how life developed on Earth. The Web site, http://nationalacademies.org/evolution/, carries links to various reports on evolution, which some U.S. religious groups want to be taught in schools only if their own views of a divine creator get equal credence. "The theory of evolution is one of science's most...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'