Sunday, October 11, 2009

Reading material

As you all know, I love great articles. That's why I always check out Give Me Something to Read - I highly recommend it for anyone else who loves great articles. I just wanted to share the three that I read tonight:

- "How Nonsense Sharpens the Intellect": This one caught my eye because over the weekend I read Kafka's The Trial. Easily one of the best books I've ever read. And definitely what you might call nonsensical, or at least absurd, about a man arrested and put on trial for a crime he knows nothing about. I read about the study they reference in this article recently and think it's fascinating. I always knew all my nonsense must be making me smarter. :)

- "Behind the Autism Statistics": This article from The Atlantic talks about the rising numbers of children diagnosed with Autism - and a possible explanation for why that might be. It's written by one of the creators of the documentary "Autistic-like: Graham's story." Read to find out more.

- "None of the Above": This article from the New Yorker is written by Malcolm Gladwell (author of Blink and The Tipping Point). I read this in grad school, but completely forgot. Definitely give it a go - it explains the problem with IQ tests, why IQ scores are higher from generation to generation, and what it means for race.

If you don't like any of these, just pick up The Trial and read that instead. It's a quick read and totally worth it. "Someone must have made a false accusation against Josef K., for he was arrested one morning without having done anything wrong."

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