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2022-07-03 📚 Taleb the prophet, writing about cryptobros and the summer of 2022 back in the early 2000s. …

2022-07-01 Give a lecture once and you help a few hundred people (if you’re lucky). Post the lecture to …

2022-06-30 📚 Re-reading Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness for the first time since covid hit. From the preface, on …

2022-06-29 “Whether hot or cold water freezes faster remains unknown.” Thus begins a wonderful Quanta Magazine …

2022-06-28 “A lot of people simply won’t read a 15-page whitepaper, but will be impressed by flowcharts. …

2022-06-26 “If you are trying to figure out a thinker and his or her defects, see if you can spot that person’s …

2022-06-25 “This contains a combination of various life-extension medicines (metformin, ashwagandha, and …

2022-06-25 More art deco than brutalism? Yes, please.

2022-06-17 Hard to say what’s better here, the article or the illustrations that accompany it. Good job, FT …

2022-06-16 All aboard the hype train

2022-06-14 “When people stopped smoking, toxic clouds disappeared from indoor spaces like bars, …

2022-06-10 “The speed of review times and increasing number of FDA-approved cancer medicines has long been used …

2022-06-09 PSA: don’t dig holes in the sand. A few years ago my wife and I finished a Thanksgiving beach …

2022-06-09 The NYT dostarlimab article is reverberating through international media with predictable …

2022-06-08 “It is in the nature of jesters to speak their minds when the mood takes them, regardless of …

2022-06-08 Residency programs’ publication requirements generate the worst kind of scientific BS — …

2022-06-08 “Brilliance represents an upper bound on the quality of your reasoning, but there is no lower …

2022-06-08 The bullshitization of science

2022-06-07 To reform NIH, maybe you should first understand it?

2022-06-06 Walking around Seoul

2022-06-05 The New York Times should have its medical provider license revoked

2022-06-05 📷 Nature is obviously a fan of Escher.

2022-06-05 📷 Reminds me of M.C. Escher’s Three Worlds (Tregaron Park, NW DC)

2022-06-03 “The Cotswolds are like Disneyland, they said. And I suppose that was meant to be pejorative. …

2022-06-02 “Many breakthroughs in scientific progress have required massive funding and national coordination. …

2022-06-02 “We can’t keep making so many scientists tear out their hair over well-intentioned but …

2022-05-31 “…the sheer amount of regulation is so voluminous that if I had to actually read the guidelines that …

2022-05-30 📚 Calculated Risks was funnier than you’d expect from a book about statistical (in)numeracy. …

2022-05-30 Why not let them buy a rocket launcher?

2022-05-29 Norm Macdonald's last show

2022-05-29 📚 Bullshit Jobs ended up being copy pasta of David Graeber’s fan mail. Too bad, as the premise …

2022-05-28 📷 Seriously?

2022-05-28 📷 It’s moments like this when I regret not having a newer phone (shot on an iPhone XS Max, 4 years …

2022-05-28 📷 This is, without a doubt, the best time to visit Kenilworth aquatic gardens in DC.

2022-05-26 🎙 Still, 2022 is the best year to be alive, and 2023 will be better. Many reasons, but JWST should …

2022-05-25 “To be able to suppress your dislike or lack of interest in things and just do them to gain an …

2022-05-24 Funny that the phrase “stylized facts” started out in economics and is being used in social sciences …

2022-05-21 📚 Cal Newport has some good ideas.

2022-05-21 “Natural systems … may look like (a Rube Goldberg machine) superficially because we don’t fully …

2022-05-21 That’s one good-looking pig. www.ft.com/content/8…

2022-05-10 🧪 Happy to see Quanta magazine recognized for its outstanding science reporting. Their website is an …

2022-05-08 📚 Social networks aren’t the problem, ignorance is. Carl Sagan called it 30 years ago. So if you are …

2022-05-07 📚 Five months into the year, and I’ve abandoned my first book: The Ministry for the Future. …

2022-05-06 A not so great Plenary Session 🎙 episode this week, in which Vinay wonders why people are leaving …

2022-05-06 Two excellent episodes of Healthcare Unfiltered 🎙 in two weeks: Aaron Goodman on heme malignancies. …

2022-05-03 Secrets of the Moon’s Permanent Shadows Are Coming to Light

2022-04-29 “We all got fooled by the 1990s . . . We got fooled into thinking that liberal democracy is easy and …

2022-04-27 🧪 For the five people out there who are interested in T-cell malignancies, one of the last papers we …

2022-04-26 “There can be found, inside every American, a miniature Puritan yearning to grow large and seize …

2022-04-23 📚 Starting the morning with some Gerd Gigerenzer. Hope he doesn’t get into trouble for implying the …

2022-04-22 Zeynep Tufekci on missed opportunities

2022-04-22 Alan Jacobs on science and politics

2022-04-22 “Whatever its flaws, the NBA is one of the more functional institutions in American …

2022-04-21 The Good Science Project is underselling how good it is. More like this, please. (signatures below …

2022-04-19 Twitter-friendly controversies

2022-04-18 Debates I'd rather avoid

2022-04-18 The most important article you'll read this week

2022-04-09 From David Graeber’s uneven but in parts excellent book BS Jobs. This was my own conclusion after …

2022-04-08 “We live in Applicatia, a world where people must spend their days improving their resumes in …

2022-04-07 🎙 Out of the two podcasts about randomized controlled trials that came out this week, I much …

2022-04-07 Frustrating to listen. Yes, well-done RCTs are prohibitively expensive and many good ideas are …

2022-04-06 🎙 A fantastic episode of EconTalk this week: Richard Gunderman and Russ Roberts discuss …

2022-04-05 🧪 Good morning to everyone except to whomever is in charge of the eRA Commons service desk. …

2022-04-01 “This is the question that haunts me: How much genius are we losing to the compulsive need to scroll …

2022-03-31 Inside the Virus-Hunting Nonprofit at the Center of the Lab-Leak Controversy This gun isn’t smoking, …

2022-03-30 A marvelous xkcd from a few days ago. This one strip explains the trouble with odds ratios better …

2022-03-30 Putin’s useful German idiots 📰 This is not limited to Putin. Germany has a rich history of enabling …

2022-03-28 Invasion of the Fact-Checkers 📰 An uneducated populace with little capacity for critical thought …

2022-03-27 Review: Understanding Nonlinear Dynamics 📚 Thought I’d be too old for textbooks, but here we are…

2022-03-27 Ann Druyan wrote the last paragraph of The Demon-Haunted World (1997). Hate to say it, but darkness …

2022-03-26 American cities never stood a chance 📷

2022-03-26 Ann Druyan on localism. Timeless 📚

2022-03-26 “We are still talking about the original Wuhan strain coronavirus vaccine. Sad!” Attempted Trumpism …

2022-03-26 This whole chapter is striking, particularly when you consider all that came after (the book was …

2022-03-26 A timeless couple of paragraphs 📚

2022-03-25 It’s only the first episode, but The Joy of Why looks to me like the podcast RadioLab used to be, in …

2022-03-24 📺 Station Eleven 👍

2022-03-24 Good morning 📰

2022-03-23 After long last, an episode of Conversations with Tyler worth linking to: Lydia Davis on language, …

2022-03-23 Sagan on sceptics. While true, the paragraph would have to be rewritten for the 2020s: being a …

2022-03-22 Edward Teller is a prime example that you can be a world-class physicist and also as dumb as a rock. …

2022-03-21 Sagan on the perceived benefits of not pursuing truth. He would’ve gotten into so much trouble two …

2022-03-20 Sagan on science and anti-science. This kind of language could get you into trouble nowadays. 📚

2022-03-20 In theory there is no difference between theory and practice (…) in practice there is. Benjamin …

2022-03-20 Back to microblogging. Making blogs fun again!

2022-03-19 On the other hand, this view from Mt Vernon is worth preserving

2022-03-19 American NIMBYism runs deep

2022-03-18 The Top articles feature of Twitter Blue is well worth the price! Now if only there was a Twitter …

2022-03-18 “Most TV shows are not good. The key problems are that too much quality scripting is required, …

2022-03-18 Sagan quoting Harvard’s then-Chief of Psyciatry, Dr. Frankel. Everything old is new again, and …

2022-03-18 Reading The Demon-Haunted World, trying to figure out if Carl Sagan would be disappointed in us or …

2022-03-18 The Worm Moon, looking intense

2022-03-17 🍿 Turning Red: like Bao meeting The Mitchells… to produce something less artistic then either, but …

2022-03-17 Bloodshed in DC last night.