Quotes & Links #22

1) guardian.com: Isis: the inside story
Great article.

2) ryoheihase.com: Ryohei Hase
Some cool art.

3) slatestarcodex.com: Beware The Man Of One Study

But the question remains: what happens when (like in most cases) you don’t have a funnel plot?

I don’t have a good positive answer. I do have several good negative answers.

Some good advice how to handle new/more information. Reminds me of “ambiguity” (as it’s used in the Multiple-Streams-Approach), where more information is actually not helping at all and you have to resort to some “higher level reasoning” for your policy decision.

4) businessinsider.com: This Physicist Has A Groundbreaking Idea About Why Life Exists

The formula, based on established physics, indicates that when a group of atoms is driven by an external source of energy (like the sun or chemical fuel) and surrounded by a heat bath (like the ocean or atmosphere), it will often gradually restructure itself in order to dissipate increasingly more energy. This could mean that under certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with life.

5) youtube.com: TEDxLimassol 2014 – Robin Hanson – The Great Filter

6) nytimes.com: In Praise of Small Miracles
A summary of successful nudges. Maybe too mcuh survivorship bias?

7) publikative.org: PEGIDA: Wenn Untertanen aufmüpfig werden
Interessanter Artikel. Ich weiß nicht, ob ich die Analyse so sehr auf “digital” bzw. das Internet fokussiert hätte (Radikalisierung durch Filter & Kommunikation mit Gleichgesinnten). Letztendlich war dieses Phänomen schon (mindestens) seit Sarrazin bekannt und hätte damals von den Parteien ernst genommen werden müssen. Stattdessen haben sie nichts(?) unternommen oder sind einfach nur hilflos. Ich kenne das privat ein bisschen, weil sich einige meiner Freunde in diese Richtung bewegen und man gar keinen Zugriff mehr auf sie bekommt (außer in face-to-face Situationen). Wenn sich das Vertrauen in Institutionen erst einmal auflöst, dann ist es sehr schwer es wieder zu erlangen. In diesem Hinblick ist Richard Sennetts “The Culture of the New Capitalism” als Analyseinstrument vielleicht hilfreich.

8) fivethirtyeight.com: Of Course You Hear What I Hear — Christmas Music Season Is Totally Data-Driven
Luckily, I’m still a Christmas song virgin this year. JONATHAN HWAITING!

9) youtube.com: Jackie Chan – How to Do Action Comedy
Very cool analysis of Jackie Chan’s movies. Respect to him.

10) washingtonpost.com: Elizabeth Warren was told to stay quiet, but she didn’t – and it’s paying off

I had a choice. I could be an insider or I could be an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People — powerful people — listen to what they have to say.

Not surprised it works this way, but still kinda sad about it.

11) zeit.de: Gottes zweiter Sohn
Did not know about this. Interesting.

12) bloomberg.com: How Americans Die
Would love a similar analysis for Germany.

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