We may not be as rational as we’d like to think.

There’s a lot of good stuff in this article, but, from Scientific American, my favorite was: It is common to believe that rationality is needed for making good decisions. But evidence from psychology and cognitive science indicates that this is not quite right. And thanks, Leftover, for the link.

Economic inequality is worse than you think

From Scientific American: The average American believes that the richest fifth own 59% of the wealth and that the bottom 40% own 9%. The reality is strikingly different. The top 20% of US households own more than 84% of the wealth, and the bottom 40% combine for a paltry 0.3%. The Walton family, for example, …

A little something about pepper spray

From Deborah Blum, at Scientific American. She writes: …we’ve taken to calling it pepper spray, I think, because that makes it sound so much more benign than it really is, like something just a grade or so above what we might mix up in a home kitchen. The description hints maybe at that eye-stinging effect …