Monthly Archives: January 2011

Three steps to improvement

A colleague of mine told me a parable¬† about the wise man on the mountain. A man climbs the mountain to seek enlightenment from the wise mountain man who lives at the top. Upon reaching the summit the seeker ask … Continue reading

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More Truth wears off, or how to fool some of the people some of the time

http://healthland.time.com/2010/12/17/study-living-near-a-highway-may-contribute-to-autism-risk/#comments the original study is http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1289%2Fehp.1002835 HT Russel Roberts at Cafe Hayek Briefly, “Researchers interviewed and examined 304 children with autism and, as a control, 259 typically developing children in the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento metropolitan areas. Researchers … Continue reading

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Does the truth wear off in Physics?

In The Truth Wears Off, Is there something Wrong with the Scientific Method? Jonah Lehrer claims¬† “the weak coupling ratio exhibited by decaying neutrons, which appears to have fallen by more than ten standard deviations (emphasis added) between 1969 and … Continue reading

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Does the truth wear out? How do we really know what we know?

A couple popular articles have challenged how well the scientific method works. David H. Freeman in The Atlantic, and Jonah Lehrer The Truth Wears Off, in The New Yorker. Lehrer argues that effect sizes tend to get smaller over time … Continue reading

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Using Metaphors to Reason

What is a metaphor good for? http://www.metaphorology.com/good-metaphors.html “Of course good metaphors can sound nice to the ears. But they do at least two other things as well. To begin with, they simply make is easier to think about something, especially … Continue reading

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