Weekly Link Roundup #6

It’s that time again… again! After five weeks of Weekly Link Roundups (see Week 5, Week 4, Week 3, Week 2, Week 1), it’s time for Weekly Link Roundup #6.

For those not in the know, the Weekly Link Roundup is a collection of all the cool articles I read in the past week and feel like passing onto others. The links are also ordered so that the ones I like most are at the top, for those who don’t have time for all the links… but for those who do have time, I think all of them are worthwhile.

  • Crisis Economics [PDF]: “To understand the challenge government economists have faced over the past year and a half, it is useful to imagine the case of
    a physician trying to treat an ill patient.”
  • What You Missed While Not Watching the Iowa GOP Debate: “As everyone awaits the third Republican presidential debate of the season, Bill O’Reilly is wrapping up his show on Fox News. When he threatens to call Professor Cornel West a ‘pinhead,’ America knows. It’s go time.”
  • Republican Extremism, Bad Economics: “In the middle of all the debt default drama and stock market turbulence, the leading Republican presidential candidates have begun to fill in the shadowy outlines of their positions on major economic issues.”
  • Support That Sounds Like Dissent: “If we agree, we want to help the author make it stronger, so we treat it as though we were revising our own draft, point out the sections which are weak, and explain why. If we disagree, we want to change the author’s mind, so we point out the sections which caused us to disagree, and explain why. These two cases are hard to distinguish, and we usually forget to say which we’re doing.”
  • Remind Physicalists They’re Physicalists: “In another study, McCabe & Castel (2008) showed subjects fictional articles summarizing scientific results and including either no image, a brain scan image, or a bar graph. Subjects were asked to rate the soundness of scientific reasoning in the article, and they gave the highest ratings when the article included a brain scan image. But why should this be?”
  • Is Iowa Irrelevant?: “The political scientists Charles Franklin and Joshua Tucker have pushed back against my finding that the Ames Straw Poll, which was won by Representative Michele Bachmann on Saturday, is a good early indicator of success in the Republican primaries.”
  • Learn Pearl in About 2 Hours, 30 Minutes: “This document is [...] aimed at people who, like me: dislike the official Perl documentation at http://perl.org/ for being intensely technical and giving far too much space to very unusual edge cases, learn new programming languages most quickly by “axiom and example”, wish people would get to the point, already know how to program in general terms, [and] don’t care about Perl beyond what’s necessary to get the job done.”
  • The Texas Unmiracle: “As expected, Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, has announced that he is running for president. And we already know what his campaign will be about: faith in miracles.”
  • Oh! What a Lovely War!: “World War II is the great natural experiment in the effects of large increases in government spending, and as such has always served as an important positive example for those of us who favor an activist approach to a depressed economy.”
  • Eight Ways to Spot a Mediocre Scientist: “It’s easy to spot a poor scientist. [...] Sorting the mediocre from the first-class, however, is much more difficult. [...] Over the years, I learned, the hard way, that mediocre scientists share some traits among themselves, which can serve as a early warnings”
  • Why Religious People Are Nerds [Video]: “I prefer the Bible’s 2nd edition rules.”
  • Dara O’Briain – Science doesn’t know everything [Video]: “But science knows it doesn’t know everything – otherwise it would stop!”
  • How to Write Faster: “It’s no secret that writing is hard … but why can’t I be one of those special few for whom it comes easily? What am I doing wrong? Why haven’t I gotten any faster?”
  • Stop Coddling the Super-Rich: “Our leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.”
  • MMT, Again: “But I do get the premise that modern governments able to issue fiat money can’t go bankrupt, never mind whether investors are willing to buy their bonds. And it sounds right if you look at it from a certain angle. But it isn’t.”
  • Win Together or Lose Together: “We mistakenly treated the end of the cold war as a victory that allowed us to put our feet up — when it was actually the onset of one of the greatest challenges we’ve ever faced. We helped to unleash two billion people just like us — in China, India and Eastern Europe. For us to effectively compete and collaborate with them — to maintain the American dream — required studying harder, investing wiser, innovating faster, upgrading our infrastructure quicker and working smarter.”
  • Scholars Seek to Correct “Mistakes” In the Bible: “An ancient version of one book has an extra phrase. Another appears to have been revised to retroactively insert a prophecy after the events happened. Scholars in this out-of-the-way corner of the Hebrew University campus have been quietly at work for 53 years on one of the most ambitious projects attempted in biblical studies — publishing the authoritative edition of the Old Testament”


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