TrendingSideways is a place for me to share my enthusiasm for science with a growing audience.
I chose the name in reference to the idea of “trend lines,” which economists and financial professionals use to make extrapolations. An economist will tell you that a “sideways trend” occurs when supply meets demand and prices stabilize. But I chose the name TrendingSideways envisioning something different: a trend line that left the surface of the graph entirely.
Very rarely does reality confine itself to the two dimensional models that us humans so easily consume. I live for that moment when we as a species discover an entirely new variable, and our old models stop making sense.
If you’re new here, these are a few good places to start:
- The Biology of Human Behavior: Robert Sapolsky’s Key Insights, a comprehensive introduction to the science that makes human beings tick.
- This collection of misconceptions, myths, and pseudo-facts contributed by top science experts and personalities.
- When Economies Aren’t Rational: Victor Ricciardi Weighs in on Behavioral Finance. In line with the title of this site, my interview with Victor Ricciardi discusses the human variables that make economics such a messy science.
- Creativity and the Science of Innovation (With Infographics), a comprehensive collection of studies on the state of creativity as a science, and just how counterintuitive creativity can really be.
- Peter Spinogatti Says Psychology is More Like Math than Science, and that Unhappiness is a Self-Referential Paradox. While we share philisophical differences, this half-debate, half-interview is still one of the most popular on this site.
- Carter Bowles