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    Randomness Chapter 10 in Ben Goldacre’s book Bad Science is called “Why Clever People Believe Stupid Things” and the title alone hints what the upcoming theories will be about. When I read the title of the chapter, the first thing I thought about was superstitions and luck. As I read on, I discovered that the theory does actually touch upon the topic of luck. The Randomness theory discusses how humans have a habit of making something out of nothing (Goldacre, 2008). Goldacre provides a few example of this, including shapes in clouds and gamblers running out of their luck. To further prove his point, Goldacre refers to Thomas Gilovich’s experiment in which Gilovich showed basketball fans a random arrangement of Xs and Os, claiming they showed…

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    I’ll be right back. Watch from behind the trees.” Nancy then proceeded to walk to the front steps of the impressive house. When she knocked, almost immediately a maid answered the door. Betty and Ben couldn’t hear a word that was being said, as they were at least half of a mile away. “Momma, who’s house is this?” Ben curiously asked. “We don’t know, baby. We’re just getting some more food for us.” Betty kept a close eye on her sister. After the maid left the front door, a burly man with…

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    arth Island Journal, Autumn 2015, Online. The Earth Island Journal’s cover is a striking contrast of black and white with the white creating a native woman with a tree and a tower in the background as she leans over a stream. The title of the issue is stated in large, bold, red letters: “Return to the Native” above that title is the name of the publication in white. The bold contrast of black, white, and red on the front page shows signs of attracting readers that are passionate in their cause…

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    Markets Soar as Japan Starts Up Rotors for Helicopter Money Following Bernanke Visit Markets Soar as Japan Starts Up Rotors for Helicopter Money Following Bernanke Visit Despite worrisome economic indicators, markets recently soared to all-time highs based on speculation that Japan plans to inject helicopter money into its economy to combat the country 's deflation. This best-guess prognostication was fueled by former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernake 's dramatic visit to meet with Japanese…

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    Invisible Gorilla

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    that has been proved that you can sometimes not see the most obvious things. In 2006 Ben Roethlisberger was twenty-three and had just become the youngest quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl. During the offseason, Roethlisberger was involved in an accident with Martha Fleishman. Both drivers had green lights. Fleishman turned left, cutting off Roethlisberger and his motorcycle. Roethlisberger was required seven hours of emergency surgery and was lucky to be alive, considering he was…

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    Isaac Slade, Joe King, Ben Wysocki, and Dave Welsh make up the popular rock/ pop band The Fray. With their first album, How to Save a Life, this band appeared on everyone’s radar. The Fray’s song “You Found Me” appeared on the band’s second album, The Fray. Eight months after the release of The Fray’s second album, the band released a music video for “You Found Me.” This song could have several meanings depending on different points of views. Many interpretations of the lyrics in this song…

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    Ben and Jerry’s ice cream started as two guys serving ice cream in a converted gas station, but today the ice cream company distributes its ice cream products internationally through grocery stores, franchisees, and grocery delivery services. The ice cream maker has two production facilities, both in Vermont. The Ben and Jerry’s headquarters is in Waterbury, VT. This is where tourists and ice cream fans can take tours of how the ice cream is made. The second facility is much larger and located…

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    Sean Therapy

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    Therapy session with Will and Sean In the early part of the film, Will start to have a therapy session with Sean, he was quite resistant to reveal himself and share his past stories at the beginning of the session, which is understandable considering his traumatised childhood and socio-economical status. With the high level of cultural intelligence and cultural capabilities of Sean, Will starts to feel secure and safe with Sean’s presence, which guards down his defending mechanism and express…

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    Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a true genius? Good Will Hunting is a movie about just that: a young boy who has experienced a less than satisfactory upbringing, but through reading informational books at a public library in his youth and through having a photographic memory that allows him to remember everything he reads has resulted in him becoming very intelligent. It is shown just how intelligent he is when he solves a proof that is written on a chalkboard at Harvard…

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    Much Ado About Nothing is a play written by English writer William Shakespeare. Believed to have been written between 1598 and 1599, the story is likely taking place sometime in the 16th century, in the midst of the Italian Wars in Messina, with Shakespeare bringing the real-life issue in the play by having characters come from some of the regions at war (Florence, Aragon, Padua). This play is in fact set in Messina, which is a port in the island of Sicily (Italy). While Much Ado About Nothing…

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