Saturday, 1 October 2016

criticism is essential for science

More on the issue of replicating and criticising potentially sloppy scientific results.
There is no “tone” problem in psychology 
I try to write papers as if I expect them to be read by a death panel with a 90% kill quota. It admittedly makes writing less fun, but I also think it makes the end product much better.

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

cooking v reading

Someone with the same approach to cooking as me.

But not the same approach to science fiction...

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

why why why

Feynman gives a marvelous “answer” to “why do magnets repel?”

[via Sabine Hossenfelder's blog]

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

noise mining

Damning indictment of statistically sloppy research:
What has happened down here is the winds have changed 
the authors’ claim that fixing the errors “does not change the conclusion of the paper” is both ridiculous and all too true

[via Danny Yee's blog]

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016


Day two in Amsterdam.

I thought this was a lot of bikes:
suddenly bikes! 1000s of them!

until I saw this:

multi-storey bike park

My second day at CCS, and today I had lots of choice of what to go to, as there were 16 parallel sessions.  To expand my range, I chose the morning workshop on Fractional Calculus, followed by the afternoon workshop on Complexity for History and History for Complexity. Then it was the conference dinner: a magnificent Chinese meal on a multi-storey boat.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

if this is Tuesday, it must be Amsterdam

So I’m now in Amsterdam, for the Conference on Complex Systems.

The view from my hotel window this morning shows how convenient it is for the station:

maybe a little too convenient for the station?

Today was our second EvoEvo project workshop, with lots of interesting talks about the evolution of evolution, mostly in in silico models.

Monday, 19 September 2016

ambrosia in a small black bag

My flight from Edinburgh was delayed for an hour this evening, so I had a chance to investigate all the food outlets for something for dinner.  In WHSmith, I came across "bananas in raw chocolate".  It sounded intriguing, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Oh yes.  70g of heaven.