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"The free development of each is the condition of the war of all against all": Some Paths to the True Knowledge

May 23, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: A 5000+ word attempt to provide real ancestors and support for an imaginary ideology I don't actually accept, drawing on fields in which I am in no way an expert. Contains long quotations from even-longer-dead writers, ...

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Any P-Value Distinguishable from Zero is Insufficiently Informative

May 23, 2015
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Any P-Value Distinguishable from Zero is Insufficiently Informative

\[ \newcommand{\Prob}[1]{\mathbb{P}\left( #1 \right)} \newcommand{\Probwrt}[2]{\mathbb{P}_{#1}\left( #2 \right)} \newcommand{\Var}[1]{\mathrm{Var}\left[ #1 \right]} \] Attention conservation notice: 4900+ words, plus two (ugly) pictures and many equations, on a common mis-understanding in statistics. Veers wildly between baby stats. and advanced probability theory, without explaining either. Its efficacy at remedying the confusion it attacks has not been evaluated by a randomized controlled trial. After ten years of teaching statistics, I feel pretty confident in saying…

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36-402, Advanced Data Analysis, Spring 2015: Self-Evaluation and Lessons Learned

May 23, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: 2000+ words of academic navel-gazing about teaching a weird class in an obscure subject at an unrepresentative school; also, no doubt, more complacent than it ought to be. Once again, it's the brief period between submi...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, February 2015

May 18, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Paul J. McAuley, Something Coming Through Mind candy science fiction: in which the aliens showed up some years in the narrative past, and offered us access to the same dozen habitable planets orbiting ...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, February 2015

May 17, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Paul J. McAuley, Something Coming Through Mind candy science fiction: in which the aliens showed up some years in the narrative past, and offered us access to the same dozen habitable planets orbiting ...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, April 2015

May 13, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Christian Caryl, Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century A very nicely written popular history of five movements that either began or reached a peak in 1979: the Iranian Revolution, the...

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"The free development of each is the condition of the war of all against all":

May 12, 2015
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Some Paths to the True Knowledge Attention conservation notice: A 5000+ word attempt to provide real ancestors and support for an imaginary ideology I don't actually accept, drawing on fields in which I am in no way an expert. Contains long quotation...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, March 2015

May 7, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East Shadid's memoir of restoring his family's ancestral home in a small Christian town in south Lebanon, inter-cut with the ...

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Random Linkage, May 2015

May 6, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: If you'd care about these links, you've probably seen them already. I have been very much distracted from blogging by teaching undergraduates (last semester; this semester), by supervising graduate students, and by Li...

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Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, November 2014

April 10, 2015
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Attention conservation notice: I have no taste. Kathleen Tierney (= Caitlin Kiernan), Blood Oranges Mind candy: it's hard out there for a hustler on the fringes of Providence's supernatural demi-monde. Nicole Peeler, Jinn and Juice Mind candy; fr...

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