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Go to: How whales and dolphins focus sound beams on prey

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Thu, 22 Mar 2012 19:49:46 UTC | #929701

Go to: A Challenge to Make Science Crystal Clear

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Well, when the mommy candle really loves to daddy match....

Sat, 17 Mar 2012 17:25:55 UTC | #928102

Go to: Free speech under fire

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Judges often lecture or admonish from the bench. It's a long-held prerogative, and not likely one to be given up soon. Courtrooms are tiny fiefdoms. One says, "Thank you, Your Honor," and lets it go -- a judge's opinions beyond those of law are effectless and irrelevant.

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:58:49 UTC | #926383

Go to: Atheist group targets Muslims, Jews with ‘myth’ billboards in Arabic and Hebrew

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Ow. Reading those comments is like experiencing physical pain. The anger is more appalling than the ignorance.

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 01:13:02 UTC | #923645

Go to: Violinists can’t tell the difference between Stradivarius violins and new ones

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These results don't surprise me. I had a friend in college who was good enough to have a Strad bestowed on him while he played for the city symphony orchestra. He was overjoyed, and was convinced that the instrument was better than any other he had ever played. The rest of us couldn't discern any difference in sound. He assured us the resonance was different. We suspected maybe it sounded different to him due to his proximity. He assured us he could always tell the sound from his other instrument (a very very good non-Strad).

So I set up a test. At my next recording session, I had him bring both instruments. I recorded him playing the same passage on each, but didn't let him hear the playback for a month -- I wanted to be sure he wasn't remembering differences in how he played. A month later, none of us could tell (except by the label on the tape) which instrument was which.

My conclusion: There was nothing special about a Strad.

His conclusion: There was nothing special about this particular Strad. All the others were, of course, still orders of magnitude better than the alternatives. He had fooled himself into thinking this one was better than it really was, but now admitted it was not.

A year later: He became convinced that he had passed the different test. So we redid the test. He failed again.

My conclusion: Wishful thinking had rearranged his memories.

His conclusion: The instrument he had played was a fake Strad. A real Strad would have been obviously better to the ear.

Oh, well.

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 08:58:58 UTC | #904822

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