Ragnhild Bjørknes joins The Luxuriant Flowing, Former, or Facial Hair Club for Social Scientists (LFFFHCfSS)

August 23rd, 2016

Ragnhild Bjørknes has joined The Luxuriant Flowing, Former, or Facial Hair Club for Social Scientists (LFFFHCfSS). Ida Marie Bjørknes, who nominated her, says:

She is an associate professor at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway, and more importantly – she has great hair! I am her sister and I instantly thought that she belongs in this luxurious club when I first heard about it at the Ig Nobel Prize show at the University of Oslo, where I work.

Sadly, I cannot nominate myself since I am not a researcher, and also because of my bleached and broken hair. My sister on the other hand has long, flowing, natural chocolate brown, beautiful hair, as you can see in the picture.

Ragnhild Bjørknes, Ph.D, LFFFHCfSS
Professor, Faculty of Psychology
University of Bergen
Bergen, Norway

Solstrand, Norway 20141104: Samling på Solstrand. Foto: Paul S. Amundsen

Six familiar (to many people) paradoxes

August 23rd, 2016

Six paradoxes, each presented in one minute, animated by philosophers and their friends at The Open University:

(Thanks to investigator Vern Illy for bringing this to our attention.)

One month from today: The 2016 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony

August 22nd, 2016

The 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony happens exactly one month from today.

THE CEREMONY: The ceremony will happen at the usual place. This year’s theme: TIME.
WHERE: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016, 6:00 pm.
Ceremony details: <http://www.improbable.com/ig/2016>

TICKETS: A few tickets are still available. The Harvard Box Office handles all ticket sales. The physical ticket office [now in a temporary location in Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke Street, Cambridge] is open some (but not all!) days from noon to 6 pm. The web site is open 24 hours, every day.
Box Office web site: https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu, Telephone (+1) 617-496-2222.

WEBCAST: The ceremony will, as usual, be webcast live. (Historical note: The 1995 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony was one of the very first events of any kind to be broadcast on the Internet!)


Another new, inventive documentary about Dr. Nakamats

August 22nd, 2016

There is yet another new documentary about Dr. Nakamats, the man who has more than 3500 patents and who was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize (in 1995, for having photographed every meal he had consumed for the previous 34 years), and who is still alive despite the predictions of his doctors.

CNN’s Make, Create, Innovate program has just broadcast a two-part report called “The most inventive man in the world”. You can watch it online: Part 1, Part 2.



Tallying Satan: The Count Reaches 134 (or 129.2)

August 22nd, 2016

Can one ever count on Satan and be sure that the count is accurate? A new tally has just been announced. Details are in this study:

s200_tom.farrarDiabolical Data: A Critical Inventory of New Testament Satanology,” Thomas J. Farrar [pictured here] and Guy J. Williams, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, vol. 39, no. 1, September 2016, pp. 40-71.  The authors, based at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa, King’s Evangelical Divinity School, UK, and Wellington College, UK, explain:

“This study counts references to Satan in the NT, by any designation. First, all candidate texts are surveyed. These include occurrences of the words σατανᾶς and διάβολος (with and without the article) and 30 other terms which potentially refer to Satan, descriptively or allegorically. Having laid ground rules for counting potential references in close proximity, candidate texts in which the referent is uncertain are analysed exegetically to decide whether they do refer to Satan. These include texts in which σατανᾶς or διάβολος occurs without the article and texts in which neither σατανᾶς nor διάβολος occurs. Through exegesis, a final count of 137 references to Satan in the NT is obtained. An alternative, probability-weighted approach estimates the number at 129.2. In either case, the total is strikingly greater than a simple summation of instances of σατανᾶς and διάβολος.”

(Thanks to Dan Vergano for bringing this to our attention.)