Around the Intertubes: January 25, 2011

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on January 25, 2011

1. Charming samples of Saul Bellow’s correspondence.

2. “[C]ontrary to popular belief — very religious Muslims were in fact the people who ended up being the most resistant to radicalization.”

3. Why won’t Mitch Daniels make it easy for me, and run for President already?

4. “Children who have good self-control early in life are more likely to grow into healthy, financially secure, and trouble-free adults than those with poor self-discipline, a new study shows.”

5. “A little hinky.” I’ll pull a Brad DeLong here, and ask why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why do people occasionally decide to engage in senseless acts of fraud and skulduggery.

6. The science of smiles. Interestingly, mimicry helps people figure out which smiles are real, and which are fake. A tip: If you want to know whether someone is genuinely smiling, check the movement of their orbicularis oculi. If it pulls downward when they flash their pearly whites, you will know that the smile is genuine. Note that the movement of the orbicularis oculi in that situation is involuntary; as David Brooks notes, the muscle cannot be consciously controlled.

7. Finally, your passive-aggressive link of the day. On doit lire les mots justes, qu’on peut trouver ici.

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