My six-year-old son asked me a question I'm stumped by (one of many). He asked "Why are there different colors?" I half-attempted an explanation about light wavelengths and light reflecting off surfaces and soon realized I was a) over his head and b) over my own head. How would you explain the concept of color--of what color really is--to a six-year-old? Obviously very simple language is needed here.
What do people put on their resume when they've been in industries like prostitution or drug dealing from an early age until they are 35+, and they want to transition to a mainstream career? [more inside]
How can we (as precisely as possible) characterize what colors go well together? What underlying physical/biological or mathematical explanations underpin the recommendations of artistic color theory? I am particularly interested in the culturally invariant component of these models, if any such components can be extracted. [more inside]
I still remember vividly the moment that I got the idea of entropy in information theory; I spent weeks seeing the world in those terms, and playing out the implications (as I understood them). Likewise Nietzschean "eternal recurrence" -- not just as a hypothesis about things repeating on a cosmic scale, but to see if the world and history can be taken as a choice, as something we can affirm. What are your favorite deep, rich, meaningful concepts to think with? (They don't need to be scientifically accurate, necessarily, or something you personally believe -- just things that offer the pleasure of understanding, for you.) Links to explanatory resources, or explanations in the comments welcome, or just names and starting points. [more inside]
How do I talk about being fired in future job interviews? Advice and encouragement needed. [more inside]
In most Western media, what little I've read of Dubai has largely been negative, terming it a 'folly', a mistake, a blunder, and other synonyms. (apologies for no links) Can someone explain someone who knows nothing about the place, what the matter is with that city? What's wrong about it, and why doesn't the West like it, as opposed to other Asian developed Asian cities like Kuala Lumpur or Singapore? [more inside]
I'd really love a detailed explanation of the terms and humor in this math / science related XKCD cartoon. [more inside]
How is everything related to politics? [more inside]
Is it true that it is always better to estimate parameters jointly, even when they are completely unrelated? [more inside]
What are some good excuses for suicide attempt scars on the inner wrist? Particularly keen to hear plausible explanations that fit with the appearance of the scar. [more inside]
[Philosophy/Language/HistoryFilter]: What's the name of this rhetorical or logical technique, where you explain a subject by making a lot of lists? [more inside]
How would you illustrate the U.S. public debt of $14 trillion in a concrete way? [more inside]
Suicidal ideation under stress -- help me. [more inside]
TrueGritTheMovieFilter: Please explain the meaning of the last ~10min. of the movie to me. [more inside]
Just watched A River Runs Through It, and I think most of it went way over my head. [more inside]
Looking for philosophers/social theorists, both classic and modern, who have written about what it means to "explain" something. [more inside]
Please explain what calculus is to a dummy. [more inside]
how do i explain the concept of "cheesy" to non-native English speakers? [more inside]
x-files alert: Looking for a track featuring a monotone narrator explaining the entire X-Files conspiracy mythology.
Does anyone know of a spoken word explanation track that explains the entire mythology of the X-Files? [more inside]
How can I improve my ability to explain things better? This could be anything from describing a film I watched yesterday to a friend...to explaining technological solutions such as GPS, or 'RSS feeds' to non-technical managers at a business. Are there any basic rules with explanations which could help improve general explanation skills? Were you crap at explaining things but have now improved? How did you do it?
What are some examples of psychological studies demonstrating how people are less perceptive than they believe?
What are some examples of psychological studies demonstrating how people are less perceptive than they believe? [more inside]
I wish for a web site full of pre-written explanations, or links to such collected here, for various good web practices, so that I can send them to my clients (some of whom are pro-bono) when I'm too impatient or frustrated to calmly say why editing the web _shouldn't_ be like editing a "Word" document; or why putting a huge snapshot on their home page isn't a good idea... [more inside]
MarxFilter: Trouble understanding the concept of "alienation of labor" in the Manuscripts of 1844. Can anyone explain to me exactly what he means? [more inside]
I've got a nine month old baby. I bought one of those car rugs at Home Depot and got it home only to happen to read one of the tags on it that says "Not suitable for children under 36 months". My question is, what danger does this rug pose to my 9 month old that it no longer poses to a 36 month old child?
Explain to me, what is "production" in music? [MI] [more inside]
What, exactly, is "riding the clutch"? [more inside] [more inside]
Can someone explain to me all of the steps involved in e-commerce? [more inside] [more inside]