Happy Day of Facts! / Twitter
The Baffler,  February 17

Daily Bafflements

Facts, facts, facts

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• Did you know that today is the Day of Facts? Museums and libraries around the country are tweeting furiously in support of their favorite commodity, knowledge.

• Today in plutocrats: It’s not their fault, says science. Rich people just think differently. According to one brain-imaging study,

In something of a dark irony, the respondents of higher socioeconomic status rated themselves as more empathic — a “better-than-average effect” that Varnum followed up on in a separate study — when in reality the opposite was true. The results “show that people who are higher in socioeconomic status have diminished neural responses to others’ pain.”

• This Kentucky startup is “teaching coal miners to code” in “a software development space” housed in a now-defunct Coke-bottling plant.

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