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# Monthly Archives: May 2015

## Why Colin Firth should stick to acting, not neuroscience

Some tips for other BBC employees interested in authoring peer-reviewed journal articles without having a clue, taken from Kanai, R., Feilden, T., Firth, C., & Rees, G. (2011). Political orientations are correlated with brain structure in young adults. Current biology, … Continue reading

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Tagged Colin Firth, MRI, Neuroimaging, Neuroscience, Peer-review, Research Methods, statistics
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## TIME magazine, aliens, and why SETI is a waste

How I discovered Alien Reading Material via SETI: The Search for Edible Things that are Inexpensive There are untold numbers of planets and celestial bodies in general scattered across a universe vaster than we can contemplate. How could anyone doubt … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, Physics, Probability
Tagged Aliens, asteroids, Astrobiology, Complexity, Extraterrestrial Life, SETI
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## On What Medea was Told to Tell Us about Ancient Womenâ€™s Lives

Originally posted on Georg Schauer:

There are only indirect tools for us today to draw conclusions about the lives of women in ancient Athens. Social status, norms or just habits can be reasoned about by looking at Athenian drama. Specifically,…

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## Review of R. Wilcox’s “Fundamentals of Modern Statistical Methods: Substantially Improving Power and Accuracy”

There is only one introductory statistics text that can compare with this one: Dr. Wilcox’s Basic Statistics: Understanding Conventional Methods and Modern Insights. If one is teaching (or is independently studying) basic statistics, these two books are the only texts … Continue reading

Posted in Mathematics, Statistics
Tagged mathematics, Multivariate Statistics, resources, reviews, statistics, textbooks
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## Double AND Nothing: The Return of The Cantor Set

Hopefully we all remember Cantor as the guy to blame for ruining lives by delving too deeply into infinity. In addition to showing that some infinite sets are “larger” than others, we have a graphical representation of something called the … Continue reading

Posted in Mathematics, Philosophy
Tagged Cantor, Cantor Set, Fractals, Infinite Sets, Infinity, Iterated Function System, mathematics, Paradoxes, Puzzles, Set Theory
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## The best source to really understand the heart of quantum mechanics (and why I get to embed a video clip!)

The Recommended but can be skimmed Part: When it comes to the sciences (or academia, really) I think it’s fair to say that most people are mostly uninterested in most fields. Put more concretely, there aren’t a lot of people … Continue reading