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Chad Orzel
The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science -
As someone who blogs about science and occasionally about politics, I am contractually obligated to link to this article. Fortunately, it's also good and interesting. - Chad Orzel
Chad Orzel
The Non-Science That Explains What’s Wrong with Science Explaining Non-Belief in Science « Easily Distracted -
"I have a lot of complicated misgivings about the implications of this overall approach in its reconsideration of the public sphere, deliberative processes, the act of persuasion, and our models of subjectivity, agency and consciousness. But I have a simpler objection to this particular subset of the bigger paradigm. Namely, that it is not irrational or unreasonable to regard scientific claims which recommend or insist upon particular public policy initiatives with sharply pronounced skepticism across the board. Not because science itself requires a particular form of skepticism (though it does) but because such skepticism is evidence-based, derived from the history of the relationship between policy, the modern state, and science, a history which even non-experts have often viscerally experienced or witnessed." - Chad Orzel
Chris Granade
What I want: a WiFi-only Android/Honeycomb tablet... in Canada.
Sabine Hossenfelder
Most Courageous Postdoc Winner: Daniel Bedingham! -
Chad Orzel
The Best Debugging Story I've Ever Heard -
"The Expert got a chair and a cup of coffee and sat in the computer room – these were the days when they had rooms specifically dedicated to computers, after all – and watched it as the attendants queued up a large print job. He waited until it crashed - which it did. Everybody looked to The Expert – and he didn’t have a clue what was causing it. So he ordered that the job be queued up again, and all the attendants and technicians went back to work. The Expert sat down in his chair again, waiting for it to crash. It took something like six hours of waiting, but it crashed again. He still had no idea what was causing it, other than the fact that it happened when the room was crowded. He ordered that the job be restarted, and he sat down again and waited. By the third crash, he had noticed something." - Chad Orzel
Michael Nielsen
Appears to be a complete draft text of Judea Pearl's book on causality. I've had the final chapter especially recommended to me. - Michael Nielsen
what a joy of discovery it was when I read the final chapter, some years ago- I felt I had been missing out on an intellectual revolution that had happened under my nose - Alex Holcombe
Michael Nielsen
Pearl's papers, including many for his famous work on inferring causality. Given the standard statistical trope that "correlation doesn't imply causation", it's obvious to ask what exactly does imply causation?" Much of Pearl's work is an attempt to answer this question. - Michael Nielsen
Martin Fenner
WordPress for Reference Management -
What would be really nice would be to leverage Zemanta for this. I stopped using the Tiny MCE editor because it wasn't compatible with Zemanta when I first set things up. Should possibly go back and have another look. - Cameron Neylon
I think that a few people don't like TinyMCE. It is sometimes quirky, but for me the best tool to set up an online scholarly writing environment. Would make sense to learn how to extend it, e.g. by providing a nice interface to add the rel tag using Citation Typing Ontology to links. - Martin Fenner
It did a lot of things that I liked but failing to work with Zemanta was a deal breaker. Still I should go back and check again. - Cameron Neylon
I tested Zemanta for 20 min with TinyMCE and it looked OK. But I find Zemanta rather intrusive, what is your experience? - Martin Fenner
I can understand why you would find it intrusive. Takes up more screen real estate than is necessarily comfortable. I couldn't imagine writing a blog post without it. But having written that I need to unpack all the implicit thoughts in there. What I've always liked about Zemanta is the way it takes a social aggregation approach to building linked data (of a sort). It maps well onto the... more... - Cameron Neylon
Take a look at the Mendeley Related Research plugin, it does something similar with papers in the Mendeley library. But instead of displaying related papers in a widget it should suggest them to you while you are writing. - Martin Fenner
IMHO, someone should build a reference management solution for Wordpress that is a comprehensive as Drupal's biblio module - Matt Leifer
Daniel Mietchen
Letter from CC Superhero Josh Sommer of the Chordoma Foundation - Creative Commons -
"Unfortunately, the way we practice science is not designed to move on the timescale of an individual’s disease." - Daniel Mietchen from Bookmarklet
Ed Summers
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Santa's Privacy Policy. -
Michael Nielsen
MathJax is an open source JavaScript display engine for mathematics that works in all modern browsers. - Michael Nielsen
Daniel Lemire
RT @medriscoll: "Teleportation technologists seek talented MBA" - Craigslist Ad.
Geoffrey Bilder
S.C. Kavassalis
Beautiful math in all browsers: MathJax
Daniel Mietchen
8 Websites You Need to Stop Building - The Oatmeal -
8 Websites You Need to Stop Building - The Oatmeal
8 Websites You Need to Stop Building - The Oatmeal
8 Websites You Need to Stop Building - The Oatmeal
Government Health Warning: Links to The Oatmeal can seriously damage your productivity. - Matt Leifer
Science journal editors: a taxonomy -
Science journal editors: a taxonomy
"After many years of publishing papers, I have come to recognise wide diversity among journal editors. This variation has major consequences for authors, and it is important that they recognise the creature they are dealing with, if they want their work to be published in as timely and painless a way as possible. I have therefore developed a tripartite system of classification to guide authors." - AJCann from Bookmarklet
Eric - Final Countdown
Why can't you listen to music? -
Why can't you listen to music?
"I know it might seem like a crazy idea, but do you ever listen to music without doing anything else? The musicians sweated over the tiniest details of the music and sound when they recorded it, so why not give it your undivided attention? Is music worth savoring? Then again, it's not just recorded music, a lot of people can't keep their mouths shut at concerts. Sometimes they quiet down at the end of a tune to applaud, and go on yammering when the music starts again. The crowd at City Winery here in New York jabbered their hearts out the night I saw Dr. John in August. I paid more than $100 for the ticket, food, and drink, so I assume everyone else there spent about the same, but more than half the crowd talked, loudly, through Dr. John's long set. The woman sitting next to me wasn't talking; she was too busy texting and e-mailing, and the light from her phone was hugely distracting. Her boyfriend was into the music, but she was sitting next to me so he wasn't blinded by her phone. They say times are tough, but I can think of better ways of blowing $100 for a night of music you totally ignore." - Eric - Final Countdown from Bookmarklet
I almost always listen to music to the exclusion of anything else, for a half hour to an hour a day--on headphones, not reading, not watching TV, not anything else. Also not vinyl (and I am so, so tired of the "audiophile" claims here)... It's remarkably revealing and enthralling. As for audiophiles being the last ones who really listen to music, it seems as though quite a few of them are more interested in listening to equipment and dissecting sound. - walt crawford
I'll sometimes listen to music while watching the iTunes visualization swirling around. Does that count as not doing anything else? - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
If I didn't just stop and listen to music on a daily basis, I would almost certainly be insane. - Derrick
I am a chronic multitasker, so it's hard for me to focus on any one thing at a time. I do listen to music before bed, though. - Jenny
Sometimes I will still put a cd on and just listen. I will buy an album on cd just for this purpose, but it's been at least a year since I've done it. - Eric - Final Countdown from iPhone
I've read somewhere that back in the day, operas were social events, so I'll bet that people talked their way through those, too. It's nice to sit and listen carefully to music sometimes, but I think it's often been intended as an accompaniment to other activities throughout human history. That's nothing new. I think our ancestors might be puzzled to see us sitting down to listen quietly instead of getting up to dance along. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Deepak Singh
Episode 0.3.5 - Homebrew with Max Howell -
Ah rub it in. I have to take all blame for c2cbio. Just no time. - Deepak Singh
Daniel Lemire
New blog post: Working long hours is stupid
Geoffrey Bilder
Lawrence  Lessig
#CC Asia keynote, expressing anxiety about the vitality of "open" and Apple/Jobs skepticism.
#CC Asia keynote, expressing anxiety about the vitality of "open" and Apple/Jobs skepticism.
Chad Orzel
God, Science and Philanthropy | The Nation -
A detailed investigation of everybody's favorite science-and-religion organization includes lots of vague insinuations but not much evidence of sinister behavior. - Chad Orzel
Christopher Bare
Books and papers every graduate student should read -
Cameron Neylon
Watch this video. That is all. Josh Sommer at the Sage Congress:
agreed, it's very insightful, very powerful... - Andrew Su
Superb. - Michael Nielsen
Should be required viewing for all funding agency CEOs and council members IMO. Going to see if we can get Josh across to the UK for a lecture tour. - Cameron Neylon
Very impressive. - Bill Hooker
See also . @ Graham, I am also interested in getting involved. Have started setting up . - Daniel Mietchen
Chris Granade
Quantum computing – the city and the city « Qudit's log, supplemental -
Speaking as a truly stubborn interdisiplinary, this really hits home for me. - Chris Granade from Bookmarklet
Chris Crewdson
Hungry Beast: Gullible cities. [VIDEO] -
I neat commentary on how bad media has gotten. - Chris Crewdson
Good grief. - Chris Granade
Dan Hagon
Converting arXiv into XHTML+MathML: an opportunity for blind and partially sighted to access scientific papers | River Valley TV -
"We describe an experiment of transforming large collections of LaTeX documents to more machine–understandable representations. Concretely, we are translating the collection of scientific publications of the Cornell e–Print Archive (arXiv)using the LaTeXtoXML converter which is currently under development." - Dan Hagon
Khalid Mirza
Odds Are, It's Wrong - Science News -
Odds Are, It's Wrong - Science News
Statistics applied incorrectly = bad science - Khalid Mirza from Bookmarklet
S.C. Kavassalis
RT @gbrumfiel: Fascinating and controversial talk on physics fraudster Jan Hendrik Schon this afternoon. Here's my take:
Stephanie V. Chasteen
Confessions of a Converted Lecturer - Eric Mazur -YouTube. "Students were memorizing info. Who was to blame? Me."
Confessions of a Converted Lecturer - Eric Mazur -YouTube. "Students were memorizing info. Who was to blame? Me."
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