Thursday, July 9, 2009

Links for your reading pleasure

How language shapes the way we think.

The annual Bulwer-Lytton "worst opening sentence" results are in. My favorite: "Towards the dragon's lair the fellowship marched -- a noble human prince, a fair elf, a surly dwarf, and a disheveled copyright attorney who was frantically trying to find a way to differentiate this story from 'Lord of the Rings.'"

A study has found that "those with broad family ties to their alma mater tend to be the most generous to it." The authors of this study have done some good work mining a set of data from an unnamed elite university - this is just one of a series - but it's a sign of where the study of fundraising stands that a single-site quantitative study can get this much press. This isn't a slam on the authors at all; it was a big coup to get their hands on the data, and they do good analysis. It just goes to show how little really little solid work we have in this field, though, that it is newsworthy.


Dave Daniels said...

If you're interested in language, you might be interested in "The Stuff of Thought" by Steven Pinker. It argues that the way we speak reveals something about human nature.

beverly said...

Hi! I wondered if you could give some advice on which part of the CT would be good for hiking in July? We want to do about 10 miles total, camping in the middle by some water. You can reach me at Thanks in advance! Your trip reports are great. Beverly