Aegophony

iːˈɡɒfənɪ ægophony: a characteristic “bleating” quality heard in conducted voice-sounds when listening to the chest over an area of consolidated lung When I was a medical student, we spent a lot of time listening to patient’s chests with our stethoscopes. Two things we were told to listen for were bleating ægophony and whispering pectoriloquy, which … Continue reading Aegophony

Greg Egan: The Orthogonal Trilogy

Greg Egan is an Australian mathematician who has been writing hard science fiction for thirty years, although his hard science is the stuff that sits at the borderland of philosophy: the relationship between mathematics and reality, the nature of consciousness, the implications of quantum mechanics. Previous novels have involved speculations on what life might be … Continue reading Greg Egan: The Orthogonal Trilogy

Kruger & Dunning: Unskilled and Unaware of It – How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments

Well, that’s the news from Lake Wobegon—where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average. Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegon monologues, passim My paper this time comes from the June 1999 edition of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Here is a link to the original … Continue reading Kruger & Dunning: Unskilled and Unaware of It – How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments

Sidlaws: Lundie Craigs to Newtyle Hill

Lundie Craigs (NO 281378, 353m) Keillor Hill (NO 281385, 334m) Donald’s Brae (NO 293396, c800m) Auchtertyre Hill (NO 293398,  278m) Newtyle Hill (NO 296399, 270m) Ardgarth Hill (NO 277372, 320m) Smithton Hill (NO 276366, 324m) 15 kilometres 460 metres ascent In my continuing campaign of Sidlaw-bagging, this walk fills in a missing chunk of the … Continue reading Sidlaws: Lundie Craigs to Newtyle Hill