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How is ethics like logistic regression?

Ethics decisions, like statistical inferences, are informative only if they’re not too easy or too hard. For the full story, read the whole thing. The post How is ethics like logistic regression? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

Pros and cons of the term “data science”

12 hours agoAcademics : The Endeavour

I’ve resisted using the term “data science,” and enjoy poking fun at it now and then, but I’ve decided it’s not such a bad label after all. Here are some of the pros and cons of the term. (Listing “cons” first seems backward, but I’m currently leaning toward the pro side, so I thought I […]

FLO Attacks Heritage Action

I assume that the attack of Annie Byard, Oxfordshire FLO on "this site", was on Heritage Action (rather than Rescue). In reply to the eminently reasonable observation HA made about the so-called "Ebroacum Hoard" of shattered penniesShow More Summary

Disagreement over Chile's National School Choice Program

Andrew J. Coulson A week ago, the Atlanta Journal Constitution published an on-line op-ed critiquing Chile’s nationwide public-and-private school choice program. In a letter to the editor, I objected to several of the op-ed’s central claims. Show More Summary

The “Black Regiment” in the Newspapers

As I quoted yesterday, the Loyalist refugee Peter Oliver wrote that on entering electoral politics James Otis, Jr., had said, “that it was necessary to secure the black Regiment, these were his Words, & his Meaning was to engage ye.Show More Summary

On the Great Inflation Canard

Steve H. Hanke Charles W. Calomiris and Peter Ireland, two distinguished economists and friends, wrote an edifying piece in The Wall Street Journal on 19 February 2015. That said, their article contains a great inflation canard. They...Show More Summary

The Plankton Chronicles

WARNING: Scrolling down might result in relinquishing a good portion of your Monday watching videos of squishy, wonderful plankton. If this is the kind of procrastination you are looking for, then by all means, enjoy. However, Deep Sea News, our partners, and affiliates are not responsible for your lack of productivity in watching said videos, only […]

Earthlike 'Star Wars' tatooines may be common

Luke Skywalker’s home in “Star Wars” is the desert planet Tatooine, with twin sunsets because it orbits two stars. So far, only uninhabitable gas-giant planets have been identified circling such binary stars, and many researchers believe rocky planets cannot form there. Show More Summary

The Most Beautiful and Intelligent Historical Coffee-Table Books of 2014

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. I'd like to sing the praises of large-format, image-heavy historical books that are creative in approach and gorgeous to peruse. Show More Summary

Fast Writing: Ethnography in the Digital Age

[Savage Minds is pleased to run this essay by guest author Yarimar Bonilla as part of our Writer’s Workshop Series. Yarimar is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Non-Sovereign...Show More Summary

Ice age Europeans on the brink of extinction

Ice-age Europeans roamed in small bands of fewer than 30, on brink of extinctionIn some cases, small bands of potentially as few as 20 to 30 people could have been moving over very large areas, over the whole of Europe as a single territory, according to Professor Ron Pinhasi, principal investigator on the EU-funded ADNABIOARC project. Show More Summary


This is the first of four posts about key ideas from my book The Shadow of Consciousness. We start with the so-called Easy Problem, about how the human mind does its problem-solving, organism-guiding thing. If robots have Artificial Intelligence, we might call this the problem of Natural Intelligence. I suggest that the real difficulty here […]

A Common Vitamin Deficiency Linked to Depression in Women

13 hours agoAcademics / Psychology : PsyBlog

Very common vitamin deficiency linked to higher levels of depression.. » Continue reading: A Common Vitamin Deficiency Linked to Depression in Women » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: Vitamin...Show More Summary

Export Licence Application on Sekhemka

Northampton Borough Council sold the Sekhemka statue to an overseas buyer, but while the current owner's identity and location have not been released, Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export ban on the statue following a recommendation...Show More Summary

Is the MagSafe Power Adapter Safer Than USB-C?

The new Apple MacBook charges with a USB-C cable instead of the magnetic MagSafe power cord. How much safer is the MagSafe? The post Is the MagSafe Power Adapter Safer Than USB-C? appeared first on WIRED.

A conspiracy or an intrigue?

Q: In a New Yorker story, Isaac Bashevis Singer writes, “Morris Krakower is clever at conspiracy, but intrigue isn’t necessary here.” I’ve googled and thesaurused, but I’m apparently too dense to get the distinction. I’m hoping you will clarify it for me. Show More Summary

OA-ICC bibliographic database updated

An updated version of the OA-ICC bibliographic database is now available online. The database contains nearly 2500 references and includes citations, abstracts and assigned keywords. Updates are made on a regular basis. Subscribe online...Show More Summary

The Soon and the Summer

I bought by tickets to Greece for next summer and I need to buy my tickets from Athens to Cyprus this week. After a year away from my work on Cyprus to focus on the Western Argolid Regional Project in Greece, I’m going to return to Polis-Chrysochous for a three-week study season starting May 5.… Read More ?

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