Test your knowledge of:
- human rights
- religion and religious liberty (a bit too American, this one, so bonus points for everyone else)
- the death penalty
- international humanitarian law during wartime
The answer is here.
The correct answer is here. A comparison between aid spending and military spending for a selection of countries is here. I should add that I believe development aid is very important, but I don’t believe that it can solve all problems, that it doesn’t create problems, or that the amounts given should necessarily always get bigger.
The correct answer is here.
The expression “thinking outside the box” means thinking beyond convention or conventional wisdom, beyond the boundaries of the familiar and the usual, off the trodden path. It means imagining unusual, creative and new solutions to problems, solutions that are different from the normal, knee-jerk reactions to things, and from the normal way of looking at things and doing things. It implies forgetting all the assumptions that everyone else is making.
The expression has become part of standard management mumbo jumbo, unfortunately. Future managers are taught to think outside the box, in an effort to encourage them to be creative and original (but not too much). The expectation is that managers who are creative and innovative will help to boost the company’s profits.
The phrase comes from a riddle many of you probably already know. For those who don’t: take a look at the image below. You see a “box” containing 9 dots. The goal is to link all 9 dots using 4 straight lines or less, without lifting the pen.
The solution is here. I guess that makes the meaning of the expression somewhat clearer. I try to apply this approach to the subject of human rights. A few examples (click on the links to know more):
Nothing to do with human rights, this one, but I’m a statistician, so I thought I could bother you with this anyway.
The answer is here.
Try this test and see how racist you are, consciously or even – and more interesting – unconsciously. A few words from the designers of the test:
It is well known that people don’t always ‘speak their minds’, and it is suspected that people don’t always ‘know their minds’. … No personally identifying information is collected. IP addresses are routinely recorded, but are completely confidential.