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Seth Frey
cognitive + social + computational scientist in academia. science towards nescience.
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Seth Frey Sep 21
The whistleblower's slow leak makes it a lot worse than if Trump had just released to Congress. Every day it's "Someone did something bad", "Someone in the White House", "It was Trump", "He was talking to Ukraine about Biden", "It was a quid pro quo" "It happened 8 times".
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Seth Frey Sep 21
Replying to @BrendanNyhan
I wonder if we're seeing a new strategy with this nice slow leak: "Someone did something bad", "Someone in the White House", It was Trump", "He was talking to Ukraine about Biden", "It was a quid pro quo" "It happened 8 times". It keeps giving him new dimensions to cop to.
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Seth Frey Sep 17
Ehh, ha, maybe: """ Academic life is a withdrawal from the fight in order to utter smart things that cost you nothing. —Oliver Wendell Holmes """ (... or maybe this is back from when academia was less competitive and people really rocked tenure)
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Seth Frey Sep 15
Replying to @propublica
Just stumbled on yet another example of the same thing: illegal sales of Maori land in 1800's NZ
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Seth Frey Sep 15
Great lobbyists of history: """ in the early 1860s, ship-salvaging and other disaster profiteers lobbied members of Parliament to complain that storm warnings were “having a damaging effect” on their livelihood. """
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Seth Frey Sep 15
Replying to @enfascination
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Seth Frey Sep 15
"British Vice Admiral Robert FitzRoy, who had captained HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin’s famous voyage, ... had long agitated for a system of weather-data collection to allow scientists to detect storms and warn ship captains and the public. He named his concept “forecasting.”"
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Seth Frey Sep 9
is a great venue for being open access by default. But why not publish with DOIs?
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Seth Frey Aug 16
Replying to @KenJennings
Interrupt half way through the question with "00000000000000"
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Seth Frey Aug 13
"For these reasons, the last years of the pre-Julian calendar were later known as 'years of confusion'"
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Seth Frey Aug 12
Replying to @enfascination
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Seth Frey Aug 12
History's bad rollouts: When leap years were added to the Julian calendar, the priests in charge accidentally did one every 3 years—at the beginning instead of the end of each 4th year. It took 36 years to notice, so Augustus had to make ppl wait 12 years for the next leap day.
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Seth Frey Aug 11
“A Russian bot I keep tabs on is going in heavy on Epstein conspiracy theories."
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Seth Frey Aug 10
Funny the straight, serious, dramatic tone of The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot. It's like they tried to shoot it with a straight face and then accidentally succeeded.
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Seth Frey Aug 10
What besides The Challenger Disaster (2019) would you put into the genre "geek procedural"?
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Seth Frey Aug 9
Overall, everything affects everything (psychology), but some things affect everything more than others (rationality).
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Seth Frey Aug 9
There do exist some huge deviations from rationality. More meaningfully, Kahneman has an obscure awesome article laying out when outcomes should be explained by psychology and when by economics:
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Seth Frey Aug 8
If you want to know when bias/habit/whim trumps rationality, I'd say it's when behavior isn't driven by a clear goal or high motivation. Is that most behavior? Most important behavior? Who knows. Thanks for the loop-in Jeremy.
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