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Diversity is not only about bringing different perspectives to the table. Simply adding social diversity to a group makes people believe that differences of perspective might exist among them and that belief makes people change their behavior. Members of a homogeneous group rest somewhat assured that they will agree with one another; that they will understand one another’s perspectives and beliefs; that they will be able to easily come to a consensus. But when members of a group notice that they are socially different from one another, they change their expectations. They anticipate differences of opinion and perspective. They assume they will need to work harder to come to a consensus. This logic helps to explain both the upside and the downside of social diversity: people work harder in diverse environments both cognitively and socially. They might not like it, but the hard work can lead to better outcomes. — How Diversity Makes Us Smarter - Scientific American (via wildcat2030)
A Gigapixel Panorama of Burning Man 2014 at Sunrise
New Mexico, 1941.Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic Creative
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• Four new polls were released showing narrow leads for the no camp.
Colorful Aerial Photos of Italian Beach Resorts
There’s a good and unsurprising reason why the unemployment rate ought to be higher in Portland, too: It’s something economists call “frictional unemployment.” People are counted as unemployed when they are between jobs. Lots of people move to Portland first, and then, once here, start looking for employment. Unlike those who move—say to North Dakota—only after they’ve searched for a job, these move-first job seekers get counted as unemployed in Portland and not somewhere else. And if people want to be here, and consequently are willing to invest weeks or months to find a job, that job search is counted as “unemployment.” But rather than being a marker of economic distress, this unemployed period is really a marker of commitment to long-term value of place.
-Portland: Hardly ‘A Retirement Community for the Young’
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