At a get together with colleagues the other week, as we were commiserating about the abysmal state of politics today, one of them remarked in jest that didn’t we know, facts don’t matter anymore, we are living in a “post-fact” society. Although the term has been around longer than it may seem, the notion that we are living in a society with a new kind of relationship with notions of truth has never appeared to resonate more than today. One writer, reflecting on the term, notes that, “this is apparently the
New research suggests there’s a good scientific reason why some of us struggle to look someone in the eye and hold a conversation with them.
More than 99% of the time, two words are enough for people with normal hearing to distinguish the voice of a close friend or relative amongst other voices. His study involved playing recordings to Canadian French speakers, who were asked to recognize on multiple trials which of the ten male voices they heard was familiar to them. “Merci beaucoup” turned out to be all they needed to hear.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015 to Takaaki Kajita Super-Kamiokande Collaboration University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan and Arthur B. McDonald Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Collaboration Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass.”