FREAK-est Links

  1. They said it would never happen: Israel’s ultra-orthodox lose many of their exemptions.
  2. Health-care economics: how the American Medical Association prices medical procedures.
  3. The most popular page on Wikipedia in 2012: Facebook. (HT: Eric M. Jones)
  4. Everyone knows that the French work fewer hours — but judging by their GDP per capita, they are very productive.
  5. New data indicates the world is getting richer.
  6. Beauty and bullying at the office. 
  7. Frequency illusion: a combination of cognition and confirmation bias.


I suffer from some sort of frequency illusion. When I drive down a side street with no oncoming traffic, but then come upon a parked car or jogger on my side, there "always" seems to be a car coming the other way and I have to stop. Could it be that I simply don't notice when this doesn't happen or happens to the other guy? :)