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Sick and tired: Online activists are silencing us, scientists say
"Scientists researching treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome say they face online abuse and harassment. Some are leaving the field. It’s a ‘new normal,’ they say, and patients may lose out."
research  culture  psychology  internet  trolling  medicine 
march 2019 by pw201
Our quantum reality problem – Adrian Kent – Aeon
An article about quantum theory and the philosophy of science.
physics  quantum  research  philosophy  science  everrett 
february 2014 by pw201
Unreliable research: Trouble at the lab | The Economist
"Scientists like to think of science as self-correcting. To an alarming degree, it is not." Talks about the problems with reproducing research.
economist  journals  research  statistics  science 
october 2013 by pw201
The case of the disappearing teaspoons: longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute | BMJ
"Objectives To determine the overall rate of loss of workplace teaspoons and whether attrition and displacement are correlated with the relative value of the teaspoons or type of tearoom."
humour  science  journal  research  teaspoons  funny  bmj 
march 2012 by pw201
The Reason We Reason | Wired Science |
"new theory of reasoning put forth by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber. In essence, they argue that human reason has nothing to do with finding the truth, or locating the best alternative. Instead, it’s all about being able to argue with others" And that's why we have confirmation bias. There's some dialogue in the comments about how it's not as hopeless as it may sound.
science  psychology  research  cognition  rationality  brain  bias 
may 2011 by pw201
Don’t Be Ugly By Accident! « OkTrends
OKCupid, the dating site, took data from uploaded photographs and used it to work out some interesting stats. The better the camera you use for your pic, the hotter you look. iPhone users get laid more. Using a flash makes you look older. And so on. Interesting stuff. Via Mefi.
photography  statistics  research  dating  iphone  okcupid  sex  relationships 
august 2010 by pw201
Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up | Magazine
"The fact is, we carefully edit our reality, searching for evidence that confirms what we already believe. Although we pretend we’re empiricists — our views dictated by nothing but the facts — we’re actually blinkered, especially when it comes to information that contradicts our theories. The problem with science, then, isn’t that most experiments fail — it’s that most failures are ignored."
science  psychology  neuroscience  brain  failure  research  kuhn 
december 2009 by pw201
Was our oldest ancestor a proton-powered rock? - life - 19 October 2009 - New Scientist
Of course not, God did it. Still, it's a fascinating theory, and a well written article from New Scientist.
evolution  life  science  dna  research  biology  ocean  bacteria  abiogenesis 
october 2009 by pw201
Why it's so hard to quantify false rape charges. - By Emily Bazelon and Rachael Larimore - Slate Magazine
False accusations probably account for 8 to 10% of all accusations, though the research isn't conclusive, and it's not clear how this compares to false reporting of other crimes. Interesting story about the falsely accused man who found support from his girlfriend who had been raped some time ago: emotions were similar on both sides.
feminism  research  rape  crime 
october 2009 by pw201
Two thirds of teenagers don't believe in God - Telegraph
Sample size: 1000. Not sure how significant this is, but it's interesting.
religion  atheism  culture  research  teenagers  god  survey 
june 2009 by pw201
The science of religion | Where angels no longer fear to tread |
What good is religion, from an evolutionary perspective? Seems it may help with co-operation.
evolution  psychology  religion  science  research 
march 2008 by pw201
Peter Gutmann's Home Page
Interesting home page of a security guru. The stuff on the commercial malware industry is particularly scary.
computers  phishing  programming  Security  cryptography  pki  crypto  research 
september 2007 by pw201

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