Assorted Links (4/5/2014)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading and videos that I have been viewing lately:

Oppressed by the Ivy League

“The Wall Street Journal on what Dartmouth’s president should have told bullying students.”

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

“The U.S. unemployment rate is down, but rising numbers of Americans have dropped out of the labor force entirely. The problem is more than just cyclical, writes Glenn Hubbard.”

Is newspaper coverage of economic events politically biased?

“New research from Hassett & Lott says yes.”

A ‘Noah’ for Our Secular Times

“In The Wall Street Journal, Charlotte Allen writes that Hollywood’s latest story of the Ark is more Gnostic than Jewish, Muslim or Christian.”

A Catastrophe Like No Other

“The president tries to put a good face on ObamaCare, Peggy Noonan writes.”

Bono: Who Is Jesus?

“What does U2 frontman Bono pray for? Watch and find out!”

Climate Activists Uncaged

“A writer for Gawker has suggested that the government arrest anybody who doesn’t believe in climate change. Seriously?”

Big data: are we making a big mistake?

Five years ago, a team of researchers from Google announced a remarkable achievement in one of the world’s top scientific journals, Nature. Without needing the results of a single medical check-up, they were nevertheless able to track the spread of influenza across the US. What’s more, they could do it more quickly than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Google’s tracking had only a day’s delay, compared with the week or more it took for the CDC to assemble a picture based on reports from doctors’ surgeries. Google was faster because it was tracking the outbreak by finding a correlation between what people searched for online and whether they had flu symptoms.

Sympathy For The Devil

“In Darren Aronofsky’s new star-gilt silver screen epic, Noah, Adam and Eve are luminescent and fleshless, right up until the moment they eat the forbidden fruit. Such a notion isn’t found in the Bible, of course… Aronofsky hasn’t “taken liberties” with anything. The Bible is not his text.”

The Beauty of Mathematics

“Michael Atiyah talks about what beauty means in mathematics and its importance in proof.”