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Opinion | Why Do People Fall for Fake News? - The New York Times
"Our research suggests that the solution to politically charged misinformation should involve devoting resources to the spread of accurate information and to training or encouraging people to think more critically. You aren’t doomed to be unreasonable, even in highly politicized times. Just remember that this is also true of people you disagree with."
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2 hours ago by capcrime
things_i_don't_know.md
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references  computers  programming  science  career 
2 hours ago by Kjaleshire
Cognitive bias cheat sheet
I’ve spent many years referencing Wikipedia’s list of cognitive biases whenever I have a hunch that a certain type of thinking is an official bias but I can’t recall the name or details. It’s been an…
mental  science  references 
3 hours ago by Kjaleshire
Have Aliens Found Us? An Interview with the Harvard Astronomer Avi Loeb About the Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua | The New Yorker
I should say, just as background, I do not view the possibility of a technological civilization as speculative, for two reasons. The first is that we exist. And the second is that at least a quarter of the stars in the Milky Way galaxy have a planet like Earth, with surface conditions that are very similar to Earth, and the chemistry of life as we know it could develop.
rational  science  rationalthinker  space 
7 hours ago by dstelow
Jay's Blog - Paradigms and Priors
Instead, a paradigm comes before your prior. Your paradigm tells you what counts as a hypothesis, what you should include in your prior and what you should leave out. You can have two different priors in the same paradigm; you can’t have the same prior in two different paradigms. Which is kind of what it means to say that different paradigms are incommensurable.
science  bayes 
9 hours ago by zryb
Home EPHM Lab, Monash University, Australia
Welcome to the webpage of the Environmental and Public Health Microbiology Laboratory, located in the Civil Engineering Department at Monash University, Clayton, Australia. The laboratory was officially opened in 2009 by Professor Edwina Cornish, and has grown from just two researchers to more than 20 in the past 8 years.
microbiology  science  health  environment  melbourne  victoria  research 
9 hours ago by ssorc
Galileo’s Newly-Discovered Letter - The Catholic Astronomer
This past September the journal Nature reported on how a long-lost letter of Galileo has been recently found by a science historian at the University of Bergamo, Salvatore Ricciardo. And Nature said Galileo lied. Lied? So what was the letter, and what was he lying about?
Before we get to the lying, let us consider the situation surrounding the letter (some of this will borrow material from an earlier post). The story gets started in about 1608, with the invention of the telescope. Copernicus’s book about his heliocentric theory (saying the Earth circles around the sun and revolves on its own axis), a book entitled De Revolutionibus, had been published in 1543; seven decades had passed with no great interest in that book from outside the world of science. But the telescope and the discoveries Galileo made using it—like the phases of Venus, which demonstrated that Venus must circle the sun, or the moons of Jupiter, which showed that celestial bodies could circle other celestial bodies—had made astronomy into something that was on the minds of people who probably would not have had astronomy on their minds otherwise.
church  history  astronomy  science  religion 
10 hours ago by rgl7194

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