One of the delights of the books and the blog is the authors’ willingness to play with ideas and consider alternative explanations. But unquestioning trust in friends and colleagues combined with the desire to be counterintuitive appear in several cases to have undermined their work. They—and anyone who wishes to convey economics and statistics to a popular audience—just need to take the next step and avoid, in any given example, privileging one story over all other possibilities.Freakonomics: What Went Wrong?
posted by RogerB
on Dec 13, 2011 -
"Tired of arguing with climate change deniers in 140 character quips, [programmer Nigel Leck] wrote a script to do it for him. Chatbot @AI_AGW
scans Twitter every five minutes searching for hundreds of phrases that fit the usual denier argument paradigm. Then it serves them up some science." (via
by way of via
posted by m0nm0n
on Nov 4, 2010 -
Need some light reading? Popular Science has put its entire 137-year catalog online for free.
posted by backseatpilot
on Mar 4, 2010 -
Better than blood? A man-made, pure-white compound called Oxycyte carries oxygen 50 times as effectively as our own blood.
An interesting development for brain trauma patients, HIV in blood transfusions, and the artificial human.
posted by YoBananaBoy
on Jun 5, 2007 -
Your iPod is Doomed!
Or it can be, it can also be Zelda
'ed if you prefer! ipodlinux.org
has ported Linux to the iPod (for Linux, Windows and Mac) and, once its installed, you can load up all kinds of good stuff
including the aforementioned Doom, as well as the entire Wiki
or use your iPod as a Gameboy
! And all without screwing up your existing music files (though there are no guarantees).
posted by fenriq
on Jun 21, 2006 -