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Weekly Recommendations, 01/13/2011

Article: The Truth Wears Off, by Jonah Lehrer (The New Yorker) http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/12/13/101213fa_fact_lehrer?currentPage=all Lehrer writes about the “decline effect” in scientific research– the fact that the results of many experiments tend to diminish or even disappear upon replication. He suggests that this phenomenon may be largely the result of  perception bias — scientists know what results …

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Weekly Recommendations Jan. 6 2012

This is the first in a new, hopefully weekly, series of posts about things I have seen, read, or heard in over the previous week that I think are worth checking out. I will try to talk about at least three things per week, though there may sometimes be more and, quite probably, occasionally less. …

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The Year in Reading 2011

I read 70 books in 2011. Without counting, I am guessing that most of them are either a) novels or b) non-fiction read for either teaching or research, as these are the two categories into which most of my reading generally falls. This was a significant decline in quantity from last year, when I read …

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Why I Don’t Like Reality TV

This is a conversation I have had many times. The person I’m speaking with will ask me about a reality TV show, or some character or episode or event having to do with that show. I will say that I don’t watch the show, and don’t know anything about it. The person will then, immediately …

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Information and Information Gateways

Reading about the company Luminate and its new “image apps”, which add various kinds of functionality to static internet images (shopping, social network sharing, location information, etc.). My gut reaction, unsurprisingly, is that this seems like yet another way to throw ads at us, and while I recognize that most of what I see and …

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Oslo

“In the safest, most boring country, the worst lone gunman shooting happens. The worst in the world, in history. But it will not make our country worse. The safe, boring democracy will supply him with a defense lawyer as is his right. He will not get more than 21 years in prison as is the …

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Filter Bubbles: Against Irrelevance

The recent release of Eli Pariser’s The Filter Bubble (see also his TED talk about the book) gives me hook to talk about an idea, or maybe a set of ideas, that I have been thinking about for several months now. The argument of the book is that search engines like Google and Bing, and …

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