I can deadlift a Honda accord, but it only mildly makes up for the fact that I’m a runner now. We all know what that means. Next up: mom slacks and easy listening punk rock playlists. This has been a Jello Biafra approved post.

I can deadlift a Honda accord, but it only mildly makes up for the fact that I’m a runner now. We all know what that means. Next up: mom slacks and easy listening punk rock playlists. This has been a Jello Biafra approved post.

If I had a large amount of money I should found a hospital for those whose grip upon the world is so tenuous that they can be severely offended by words and phrases yet remain all unoffended by the injustice, violence and oppression that howls daily.
Stephen Fry  (via nedhepburn)
Is the Universe a Simulation?

Mathematical knowledge is unlike any other knowledge. Its truths are objective, necessary and timeless.  


It seems spooky to suggest that mathematical entities actually exist in and of themselves. But if math is only a product of the human imagination, how do we all end up agreeing on exactly the same math? 


…one fanciful possibility is that we live in a computer simulation based on the laws of mathematics — not in what we commonly take to be the real world. According to this theory, some highly advanced computer programmer of the future has devised this simulation, and we are unknowingly part of it. Thus when we discover a mathematical truth, we are simply discovering aspects of the code that the programmer used. [img: DVDP ]

Is the Universe a Simulation?

Mathematical knowledge is unlike any other knowledge. Its truths are objective, necessary and timeless.  

It seems spooky to suggest that mathematical entities actually exist in and of themselves. But if math is only a product of the human imagination, how do we all end up agreeing on exactly the same math? 

…one fanciful possibility is that we live in a computer simulation based on the laws of mathematics — not in what we commonly take to be the real world. According to this theory, some highly advanced computer programmer of the future has devised this simulation, and we are unknowingly part of it. Thus when we discover a mathematical truth, we are simply discovering aspects of the code that the programmer used. [img: DVDP ]

fixed.

fixed.

Government policy should be evidence-driven. If crime is going down, you shouldn’t be increasing resources for crime prevention. Or you should be taking note of what has worked and concentrate the crime-prevention methods on policies that have a track record of success.
Much like me, it’s neurosciencey and lawish…but friendly and easy on the eyes.
Zombie apocalypse: not hot   |   Satanic panic murder cults: hot

Zombie apocalypse: not hot   |   Satanic panic murder cults: hot

Guess I better update my wardrobe. 

Guess I better update my wardrobe

Journal of Negative Results in BioMedicine

This should be a much thicker collection of these journals

For any given research area, one cannot tell how many studies have been conducted but never reported. The extreme view of the “file drawer problem” is that journals are filled with the 5% of the studies that show Type I errors, while the file drawers are filled with the 95% of the studies that show nonsignificant results. via 

…it should prompt more areas to publish their own file drawers, for free….and catcall *other publishers and funding organizations (replication studie$?).

Availability of unpublished findings could also address other shortcomings of the current scientific process, including the regular failure of scientists to report experiments, conditions or observations that are inconsistent with hypotheses; the addition or removal of participants and variables to generate statistical significance; and the probable existence of numerous published findings whose non-replicability is shrouded because it is difficult to report null results. via
After the noon R coding time, it’s heated debate on the drawing table time in the lab. 

After the noon R coding time, it’s heated debate on the drawing table time in the lab. 

Me and my headache decided to stay in tonight & bang on a hypothesis.

Me and my headache decided to stay in tonight & bang on a hypothesis.

While studies in behavioural genetics show certain gene and environment combinations correlate with antisocial conduct, many of the studies have not been replicated, which raises questions about their reliability.
Blame the brain ….and how about those grant offering institutions, which set requirements for studies they will fund. Rarely do you see replication involved or allowed. Confirming previous findings may not as sexy as publishing novel ones, but it’s as important -if not more so. 

P.S.H.

I had a drink with him once a year or 2 ago, in a dark, divey bar in the West Village. It was Sunday night, late. He sat next to me, chatted and had one drink. The bartender knew right away what he wanted without asking. He had such fantastic eyes… the crazy, but gentle kind. A few friendly exchanges, he emptied his glass, nodded with a half smile and left a twenty. I remember thinking, that was too brief, who has just one bourbon?

It is a sad mission to cut through and destroy with the scissors of analysis the delicate and iridescent veils with which our proud mediocrity clothes itself.
Mind Machine

An engineer wears a helmet of sensors at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging—part of a brain scanner requiring almost as much power as a nuclear submarine. Antennas pick up signals produced when the scanner’s magnetic field excites water molecules in the brain. Photo - Robert Clark (via NatGeo)

Great, it does amazing things. But is this best we can do, design wise? Why does every cap need to look like a Doc Brown creation? You guys have been so busy with minimalistic living & your cool pants, this is what we are left with. 

Mind Machine

An engineer wears a helmet of sensors at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging—part of a brain scanner requiring almost as much power as a nuclear submarine. Antennas pick up signals produced when the scanner’s magnetic field excites water molecules in the brain. Photo - Robert Clark (via NatGeo)

Great, it does amazing things. But is this best we can do, design wise? Why does every cap need to look like a Doc Brown creation? You guys have been so busy with minimalistic living & your cool pants, this is what we are left with.