FOR those who love the self-styled 'psychologist illusionist' Derren Brown, keep an eye out for him soon in the best coffee shops in Belfast. Instead of heading to historic hostelries like the Crown Bar in Great Victoria Street, the TV trickster enjoys spending quality time at coffee shops in the city. Brown is heading to Belfast later this month to do a five-night run of his new live show Derren Brown: Underground at the Grand Opera House, having been a regular visitor over the years. He describes it as a "fantastic city". "Belfast is always a highlight of the tour," Brown tells me. "There’s something about coming across to Northern Ireland or even to Dublin. Maybe it's because we have made an effort to come over and not just stayed in London. There’s just general warmth that you get there that you don’t get in other places. "The theatre itself is lovely in that you actually get to hear the people in the audience. There's something extra about the energy of the … [Read more...] about Derren Brown: Not trying to control things is how I live my real life
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The conventional wisdom is that allowances make children responsible money managers as they learn to budget so they don't run out of cash.But Lewis Mandell, professor emeritus of finance and former dean of business at the State University of New York in Buffalo, says that's not always the case. In fact, says Mandell, who has studied financial literacy, certain allowances may even be hurting kids.According to Mandell, high school students who didn't get an allowance performed better on a financial literacy test than those who did, especially teens who received stipends with no strings attached. And children receiving unconditional allowances — no chores required — also were less motivated to get a job or go to college, he says.Mandell goes further, saying these unconditional allowances could be "child neglect."Those are fightin' words among some financial professionals. Indeed, even to question the benefits of an allowance can trigger a spirited defense of the practice. If … [Read more...] about Will giving children an allowance make them smarter about finances?
Melissa Preddy, Special to The Detroit News Published 12:02 a.m. ET April 5, 2018 | Updated 10:16 a.m. ET April 5, 2018 Road rage has been making headlines again, with irate drivers last month wielding baseball bats, pistols, pellet guns and even fists and feet against those who annoy them in traffic. We all need to get a grip — but how? Highways seem more clogged than ever, pavement is in post-winter disrepair, and real or imagined time pressures have so many of us feeling stressed and behind schedule. It doesn’t take much to light that fuse, especially if (like me, I hate to admit) you viscerally subscribe to the late comic George Carlin’s observation that everyone driving slower than you is an idiot and everyone who drives faster is a maniac. The other day, the maniac took the form of a giant Buick sedan going 80 mph about 3 feet off my rear bumper in 7:30 a.m. rush hour traffic, despite the readily visible line of 50 or 60 cars ahead of me. I was in the … [Read more...] about Car Culture: Get a grip on road rage
In racing, the goal is to get to the place desired by all. We call it “Victory Lane” or the “Winner’s Circle.” While every driver is heading in that general direction, there are some who know a shortcut. They get to the Winner’s Circle by first getting “into the zone.” You have certainly heard the phrase “in the zone” connected to sporting events. When an athlete has a stellar performance, someone may point it out. But, does “the zone” exist or is it a product of an active imagination? “I used to say, ‘What the heck does that mean?’ and wondered if anyone had measured this,” says Dr. Jerry Stetz. The Ohio chiropractor has started a program called “The Mental Edge” that deals with a driver’s mental state in preparation for competition. “When I was in dental school at Case Western Reserve, we would cut up cadavers because, in order to be dentists, you have to know head … [Read more...] about Mental Preparedness – Think Like A Winner
The ability of autonomous systems to see may eventually be so good that it will be better than people, even with their experience. What are the consequences of this? 10 questions for RWTH Aachen University professors Lutz Eckstein and Maximilian Schwalm. Researchers and developers throughout the world rack their brains when faced with the big question of when automated vehicles will surpass people and become the better road users. At the Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge (Institute of Motor Vehicles at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen University), Prof. Lutz Eckstein and Prof. Maximilian Schwalm are considering different aspects of automated driving in their areas of expertise. Here are the most important assertions by the engineer (Prof. Eckstein) and the psychologist (Prof. Schwalm). 1. What are the strengths of a person in comparison to a machine when considering a traffic situation? Prof. Lutz Eckstein: As the result of thousands of years … [Read more...] about ‘The question of how the driver (in an autonomous car) gains confidence is important.’
During testing at Silverstone before the San Marino Grand Prix, Nigel Mansell made time to be interviewed by Russell Bulgin Nigel Mansell didn't have to drive a kid in a wheelchair around Silverstone this lunchtime. He didn’t have to wander across for a brief chat before the lad, grinning beneath a Goodyear cap, was bustled back into his parent’s car and dawdled off from whence. There were no reporters in view, no flashguns, no grasshopper whir of motordrives, no satellite uplink. In the way of Formula One, then, there was no coverage and no commercial reason for acting as unpaid chauffeur – this was Ordinary Nige, decent bloke, just acting normally. You don’t see Ordinary Nige too much anymore. Instead, you get Nigel Mansell, The 10 Million Dollar Man, in moustache, flat cap and blue driving suit bristling a rainbow patchwork of global marketing hype. The Williams PR man has said that Nigel will talk now that testing has finished. The Williams PR man … [Read more...] about Nigel Mansell storms out of a Russell Bulgin interview (CAR archive, July 1991)
► 2017 Qashqai starts Nissan’s autonomous drive revolution ► 2018 will see introduction of autonomous overtaking ► But fully self-driving cars? That’s a different matter entirely… Nissan has revealed more of its plans to bring self-driving cars to the masses, saying the technology has the potential to revolutionise society – and add some 17 trillion euros to European GDP by 2050. But the firm’s ex-NASA guru leading development of the necessary artificial intelligence has told CAR that a fully autonomous vehicle (AV) is still ‘at least 10 years away’.Nissan’s major shtick surrounding this tech is that it wants to make it available ‘for everyone’. To this end it’s already launched its first ProPilot system on the Serena in Japan; it’s this system that will be coming to the Qashqai in Europe in 2017. Since the Qashqai is by far and away Nissan Europe’s most popular model, you can … [Read more...] about Nissan: autonomous cars ARE the future, but that future is still a long way off
One morning this past spring, Baruch Fischhoff, a professor in the department of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, was walking to campus on a quiet tree-lined Pittsburgh street when a prototype computer-driven Uber, a gray Volvo XC90, motored slowly past. Pittsburghers have grown accustomed to seeing the vehicles prowling the streets of the company’s de facto outdoor test bed. But as Fischhoff approached the corner, he noticed a road crew and a cement mixer in the middle of the intersection. “I thought, ‘Gee, I wonder if the computer can figure out if this is something in the road that’s not moving.’” He waited for the car, which was idling to his left, to make a right turn—the only plausible move. But it did nothing. “It was there first, it had the right-of-way, and I was waiting for it to turn,” he said. Still, the car did nothing. “The longer I waited, the less … [Read more...] about Autonomous Cars: How Safe Is Safe Enough?
Kurt Busch has long fascinated NASCAR fans because A) it’s commonly agreed that he’s a superlative driver with 25 wins and a NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship to his credit, and he continues to race in the Pro Stock division of the NHRA on an “opportunity permitting” basis; and B) he has played Peck’s Bad Boy in the Politically Correct world of NASCAR, where sponsor needs increasingly hold sway. Busch has been suspended and fined by NASCAR multiple times, and most observers of the sport believe he was fired from Penske Racing in December 2011 after blowing up at a TV cameraman, with his performance going viral on YouTube (warning: profanity). Writer Peter Manso spent several afternoons chatting with Busch, whom he found to be “not in the least psychotic, troubled, or rude but, on the contrary, perfectly coherent, sensible, and polite.” Below is the unabridged interview that came of those several meetings. Last May, you took sixth place … [Read more...] about Kurt Busch Unabridged: On Running a Double, His Separation from Penske, and More
Drivers afraid to be behind the wheel are a misunderstood threat to road safety. Fearful driving often leads to excessive caution masquerading as politeness. Resulting behaviors may appear benign, when in fact they can be grave.For example, arriving first at a four-way stop but waving others through creates confusion for other road users. Cynthia Lewellen, an Oregon cyclist, was hit by a motorist last year after a well-intentioned driver waved Juan Carlos Garcia through an intersection in advance of the appropriate right-first sequence. The approbative driver may not have been acting out of the timidity of fear, but the point is in the danger of this driver’s behavior. Garcia’s F-250 struck Lewellen fracturing her pelvis, shoulder, ribs, sacrum, and tailbone.Ill advised signaling, poor lane choice, and misplaced courtesy put other motorists and pedestrians at risk. Psychologists have long understood the challenge posed by a fear of driving, which at the extreme can be … [Read more...] about Fearful Drivers are the Greatest Ignored Danger on the Road