Very Bad Wizards, episodes 122 and 123: What Chilling Effect? (Intelligence Pt. 2) and Nothing but a “G” Thing (Intelligence Pt. 1). Tamler and David explore the concept of general intelligence (g), how it is measured and used, as well as the concept and usefulness of heritability as it pertains to intelligence.
Japan from Inside. A French documentary, with English subtitles, explores foreigners’ experiences in Japanese prison — usually for drug offenses. Although quite different from the warehousing and neglect found in American prisons, the Japanese experience is surprisingly harsh in its strictness and isolation.
Beautiful late-summer evening here in Tokyo, despite a few sprinkles.
“What It’s Like to Have Your Testicles Removed as a Young Man” by Milly McMahon. It goes without saying that this is one of those things that I’m lucky to have somehow dodged, though that list is admittedly large. What is amazing about this article is the attitudes and level of understanding of the men interviewed in the article who were affected by this condition.
Reconcilable Differences: 60: Anything can be a Smoothie. For some reason, this episode was a perfect mix of all the things that makes for good RecDiffs listening. Of primary importance is the banana quiz/Bristol stool scale discussion.