• Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    Not so much troublesome as there are better metaphors. In a melting pot, everything loses its individual identity and gets blurred together like the output of a juice machine or food processor. The better analogy I heard was to minestrone, where lots of individual items keep their own identities but take on aspects of all the other bits,…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    Differing views… Differing from Yarondav or differing from each other?
    I haven’t read the book (actually, never heard of it before reading this post) but I also wasn’t sure what the tweet meant. Is the author saying “In the olden days, horrible things were done all the time but we are much better than that now and everything is perfect”…[Read more]

    • Hey, Buzz!

      Differing from each other I think. Or at least some folks really enjoyed it and others did not, all folks that I’m pretty sure agree that things aren’t perfect now and we need to work to improve them.

      You’re right, it could be taken as “well things are fine now!” but that would be incorrect cuz they ain’t. I think I took it as the…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    I think the headline was going for the “ROBOT UPRISING” trope.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    The article about misleading (not actually malicious, thank you headline writer) AI is a perfect example of “human” dysfunctional thinking. The AI systems have discovered p-hacking!
    The author says that training AI systems (actually, AI vision systems, though I think the same effect could happen with any sort of pattern-recognition system) by…[Read more]

    • Thank you for clarifying that article! I was confused by the headline, but I thought the article was interesting to ponder. Eliminating human bias in creating models (or, more realistically, minimizing it) also seems like one of the biggest problems with deep-learning models (as with surveys, study design, etc.).

    • Hi again Buzz, long time no see! Your points are well made.
      I reckon the biggest piece of human bias that needs eliminating is the blind faith of developers in their new gee whiz software that turns out to be poorly designed and implemented, rushed into production well before it is ready and before seeking input from actual local experts in the…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    5″ of height gives average men an 8% longer reach, but, due to the square/cube law, 12% more mass and significantly more torque when making those long reaches… I wonder how they would fare on rock-climbing routes designed by and for women? I think this is a form of expectation bias… On average, everyone is like me, when by “average”, I…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    It took me a while to figure out your 2nd point, about including global averages way outside the habitable range, until I realized what Moore’s inadequately described chart is actually showing. It took a very close look to discover all the bars didn’t begin at 0, but somewhere very close to 0. The tops of each bar are not the global average…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    My guess is the red bar is the amount of aid promised and the blue part is the amount of aid actually provided for various humanitarian crises around the world, with the first bar representing Puerto Rico. Of course the data on the charts is totally fabricated and wildly out of scale (the red part should be 9 to 10 times as large as the blue bar…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Haven’t quite finished reading this yet, but I just had to butt in with:

    Wait, they’re having lab assistants objectively rate the photos of the participants? Don’t they know that “lab assistants” are probably undergrads or maybe grad students, and therefor this shares the same bias as every psych study ever, namely the “students aren’t an…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    I think “Bisaatsinsiimaan” (“beautiful planting”) would make a good word for any well-supported scientific theory, not just relativity. Scientific theories are the source from which many scientific ideas grow, so are a planting or seedling. They are “beautiful” in the sense of fruitful and productive, as well as beautiful in the scientific sense…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Nice Hobbit reference.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Brings back fond memories of wasting a couple of hours over breakfast every morning! Three interesting articles.

    Not long ago, I saw an article providing quotes from various people (i.e. white men) saying Elizabeth Warren is unlikable along with previous quotes from the SAME people saying how likable she was. Apparently, she’s only likable…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Yippee! PS. Yes, @Melanie Reap, Convergence/Skepchickcon, Melanie still scares me. At least she doesn’t have her samurai sword…

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 8 months ago

    Ever read the label on a bottle of Doctor Bronner’s Soap? I assume they were really, really high when they wrote it and when they came down, they thought a little bit about fixing the typos and then decided it was perfect as is.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    So the Secretary of Education is an ignoramus. And the Secretary of Defense is offensive. The Secretary of the Treasury is a bank robber (well, a banker and a robber). The Secretary of Agriculture is an herbicidal maniac. The Secretary of Health and Human Services is malignant and inhumane. The Secretary of State is, uh, what’s the opposite…[Read more]

    • Berlusconian? Though the centrists are now trying to convince me Five Star Movement’s a leftist party.

      At the same time, there’s more and more Clinton’s cult of personality striking back. Now opposing anything either Clinton did is becoming a dealbreaker, yes, including things like DOMA and the Iraq invasion.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    1) The donation form and receipt say “SkepchickCon 2014”. Shouldn’t this be 2015?

    2) Also, is Skepchick LLC (the organization receiving the donations) a 501(c)3? (In other words, are donations tax-deductible?)

    3) Buzzed Aldrins are tiny and delicious. This makes it easy to drink hundreds of them. DAMHIKT.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    That’s not the way being against something works. The enemy of my enemy is not my friend.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    Is this why Daleks hate Cybermen and vice versa?

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    Whose bottom line is that? Kavin did not mention labeling at all.

    I don’t think labeling GMOs is useful, unless vastly more information is included. It’s not like nuts or phenylalanine or lactose or gluten, where a tiny quantity will cause problems for susceptible people. I think compulsory labeling caters to ignorant people who believe in…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    Conservation of anxiety: Just when there are some glimmers of hope of new, radically different antibiotics and increased public awareness of the problem of multiple-antibiotic resistant bacteria (largely due to over-prescription and factory farming), along comes “every drug ever consumed by anyone anywhere is slooowly accumulating in the…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    I had totally forgotten about this (I have a great memory for utter trivia, but terrible one for important stuff.) At the time it was a large factor in my decision not to attend NECSS last year. I’ve already got my ticket for this year, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. (That works, right?)

    I have a Pamela Gay “Stopping Harassment Starts…[Read more]

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