By special reader request, a quick discussion of averages, since I usually whiz past them pretty quickly. If your school-teachers were on-the-ball, you’ve probably heard all of this before, but a short refresher is always nice for those of us that don’t work with them routinely – or if you’re trying to tell how badly a political candidate might be lying to you to score your vote.

There are actually three things called an ‘average’. They are the mean, the median and the mode.

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The truth is an annoyingly slippery thing. It’s hard, perhaps even impossible to achieve, because facts first must pass through human perception.

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Aug 18 2010

One of the largest barriers to our own understanding of ourselves is that we don’t actually understand what we are. The human brain is – at once – a ferociously complex, and an extremely simple thing. We understand how all the parts function individually, but that helps us understand the brain about as much as understanding a transistor helps you build a colour television.

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Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Georgia Institute of Technology are seeking volunteers with at least 50 hours experience in Second Life virtual world to participate in exciting new research that will focus on the association between real world personality and avatar behavior.

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