Quotes & Links: #2

1) drb.ie: How Scientific Inquiry Works

“To understand science one has to set aside scientific fraudsters, scientists who are driven primarily by greed and scientists who are driven by fame. We have to set aside the muscular capitalists who proclaim that science is primarily about the generation of wealth. We have to set aside the theoreticians who allow themselves limitless licence to speculate, and the wild-eyed Darwinists. We have to set aside media scientists, lobbying scientists and small groups who meet to slap each other on the back because they are all so clever and can see the future.”

(via @poltheo)

2) sethgodin.com: Trapped by linkbait

“Practice doesn’t make perfect. Meaningful practice makes perfect, even if you don’t get paid for it.”

3) scilogs.de: Die Anthropodizee-Frage. Wer den Himmel leerräumt, schafft die Menschheit ab

“Religionen – und nur Religionen! – vermögen Menschen in ausreichender Zahl zu dem Verzicht zu bewegen, den Familien mit mehr als zwei Kindern bedeuten.”

See also: 4) vox.com: Your atheism isn’t going to keep your kids from believing in God

“The most recent data on this that I’ve come across comes from Pew’s 2008 Religious Landscape Survey, which finds that only 46 percent of people who are raised religiously unaffiliated (which includes atheists, agnostics, and those who say they’re “nothing in particular”) remain unaffiliated as adults.”

5) wiesaussieht.de: Verlogenheit auf allen Seiten

“An dieser Geschichte wird das eigentliche Problem in der Ukraine-Krise deutlich. Es agieren schon längst alle Seiten mit jener Verlogenheit, die den Rest der Welt in die Angst vor einer Eskalationsspirale versetzt.”

6) vox.com: How important is gerrymandering to Republican control of the House?

7) brainpickings.org: The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

“6. Quantify. If whatever it is you’re explaining has some measure, some numerical quantity attached to it, you’ll be much better able to discriminate among competing hypotheses. What is vague and qualitative is open to many explanations.”

8) marginalrevolution.com: Accounting for U.S. Earnings and Wealth Inequality

“So much of the current Piketty debate is simply forgetting that…science exists and has already offered a wide range of insights on these topics, as well as having rendered some of the more extreme claims unlikely.”

I’m not sure what side of the debate I am on, but most debates seem to be very similar. Science produces such an enormous amount of studies, data and other material that it’s not an exception, but the rule. Which is why “And no one in the current debates is citing this piece, Piketty included.” is not a surprise either…

9) vox.com: More students are learning sign language than Chinese

“The fastest-growing foreign language class in the past 20 years isn’t foreign at all. Nor is it spoken. It’s American Sign Language.”

10) faz.net: Unglück vor Südkorea: Das Schiff sind wir alle

In Wirklichkeit entsteht die laute Forderung nach Transparenz gerade in einer Gesellschaft, in der das Vertrauen radikal schwindet. Der Imperativ der Transparenz deutet auf das Ende der Vertrauensgesellschaft hin.

One of the biggest dangers for the democracies. Although I’m not too sure whether trust on the “social level” (not only towards politicians and journalists) has eroded as much as some people seem to think.

11) vox.com: “America’s real racism problem doesn’t look like Donald Sterling”

“Real progress requires constant awareness that racial bias is both much more subtle and much more pervasive than a shocking caught-on-tape moment would lead you to believe.”

Obviously this is affects other countries just as much as America. Prejudices towards minorities still seem to be the norm.


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