Late this month due to an extended stay in Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysian general elections. Here are the three articles I’ve managed to glean from around the web in April.
- This article from the Pacific Standard magazine covers a paper whose authors examined the obituaries of over 1,000 famous people published in The New York Times to determine if there are any patterns in them. They found that the famous people who died earliest were athletes, performers and non-performers who worked in creative fields. The famous people who died later were politicians, businessmen and military officers. The tentative conclusion is that people who work in sports and the performing arts incur psychological and physical costs that curtail their lifespan.
- Here’s a link to a paper claiming that vervet monkeys were able to solve a multiplayer coordination “game” in which a captive monkey was trained to open a container holding a large amount of food, but only if the dominant monkeys of a wild troop stayed outside of an imaginary circle away from the food. The wild monkeys were able to infer the correct behavior by observing the trained monkey and receiving feedback from the trained monkey without the intervention of humans.
- The Economist has an article talking about the tells that give players away when playing say a game of poker. Most people instinctively believe that the key to not giving away information about the hand you’re holding to other players is in keeping a straight face. As it turns out, experiments show that observers achieve a much higher success rate at correctly predicting the quality of a hand of cards held by another person not by looking at the player’s face but by looking at the player’s hands. This is sure to be a result that will revolutionize poker playing strategies.