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Weekly Review Jan 3

There’s a word for the study of the economic effects of beauty – pulchrinomics. I want to call this science proving the obvious, but the effect here is a bit more insidious – attractive people get paid more in just about every situation in which pay is not fixed. Reminds me of the old adage that the Presidential candidate with the best hair almost always wins. This article introduced me to another sciencey phrase – attributional ambiguity, where people are unsure whether to attribute their success to ability or another cause.

To turn inspiration into a skill, copy greatness. No, seriously, actually make your own version of something great. Copy out an entire chapter, trace the lines, mimic the shots. Simply looking at great art and saying that its inspiring is a cop out. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

How English Sounds like to non English speakers – I don’t know what to make of this. They’re speaking gibberish, but it really does sound like english if you don’t focus on the words. Made by linguistics majors?