Quotes & Links #35

1) faz.net: Stromausfall und Griechenland

Es sind solche Fehlinformationen, die die bisherige deutsche Debatte bestimmen, in der jeder sein bisheriges Bild über Griechenland bestätigt sehen will.

Ja, man weiß gar nicht, wo man da anfangen soll… die Fehlinformationen verselbständigen sich dann und lassen sich wunderbar für Propaganda gebrauchen.

2) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov: Surnames and social mobility in England, 1170-2012 (via Tyler Cowen)

Social mobility in England in 2012 was little greater than in preindustrial times. Thus there are indications of an underlying social physics surprisingly immune to government intervention.

I guess this paper is a follow-up on this paper “Was there ever a Ruling Class? 1,000 years of Social Mobility in England“. I wish I still had my access to jstor and the likes.

3) telegraoph.co.uk: Greece’s master of game theory is leading his country to abject disaster

The reality is that Syriza is not just playing a dangerous game, it is playing no game at all likely to produce anything other than abject disaster. I had high hopes of Mr Varoufakis, but am fast losing my faith.

He might be right, but it’s far too early. People really assign to much weight on certain decisions without knowing the full circumstances the decisions were taken. A bit more humility and less certainty would be nice.

4) vox.com: 1 in 5 millennials thinks vaccines cause autism

A survey of 1,000 US adults by YouGov, conducted between January 26 and January 28, found 21 percent of young adults believe the long-debunked idea that vaccines cause autism, while just 13 percent of all US adults agree.

Woah. That’s very strange. In my twitterfeed a few have accusing “Whole Foods pseudoscience consumerism“. I think that’s an interesting and valid perspective. Not sure if that’s all there is to.

5) washingtonpost.com/monkey-cage: How and why retired politicians get lucrative appointments on corporate boards

What seems to matter more are the networks that members have. Former senators who had developed connections to other legislators—measured with bill co-sponsorship—were more likely to end up on boards.

As expected, I guess.

6) washingtonpost.com/wonkblog: Presidential budget predictions are almost always wrong
Some nice graphs to indicate how hard it is to forecast anything. Again. ;)

7) gregmankiw.com: The Rise of the Inequality Debate

The wide discussion of “income inequality” is unprecedented and very recent.

I also tend to agree that academia usually talks about these topics earlier than the public and is usually far more nuanced too.

8) blog.dilbert.com: Science’s Biggest Fail

I think science has earned its lack of credibility with the public. If you kick me in the balls for 20-years, how do you expect me to close my eyes and trust you?

Hm. Hm. Hm. Sadly, science in the publis sphere is all too often not very well presented and oversimplified. A simple look at the first comment on /r/science will tell you a lot (the first comment usually is “Now tell me why this is bullshit” and the article/paper will then get torn to pieces).

9) flowingdata.com: Conflicting views: Public versus scientists
Nice graph. Not surprised by most the results: Fracking is pretty low and similar, population growth being a problem?

10) storify.com: Tony Yates on Greece etc (via Tony Yates)

11) storify.com: Hugo Dixon on Greece etc (via Hugo Dixon)

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