links for 2010-10-17

  • His model predicted, in different fields of medical research, rates of wrongness roughly corresponding to the observed rates at which findings were later convincingly refuted: 80 percent of non-randomized studies (by far the most common type) turn out to be wrong, as do 25 percent of supposedly gold-standard randomized trials, and as much as 10 percent of the platinum-standard large randomized trials. The article spelled out his belief that researchers were frequently manipulating data analyses, chasing career-advancing findings rather than good science, and even using the peer-review process—in which journals ask researchers to help decide which studies to publish—to suppress opposing views.
  • In her speech, the chancellor specifically referred to recent comments by German President Christian Wulff who said that Islam was "part of Germany" like Christianity and Judaism. While acknowledging that this was the case, Mrs Merkel stressed that immigrants living in Germany needed to do more to integrate, including learning to speak German.
  • don't crouch before jumping, don't lean forward, take two quick steps right before jumping, i might be able to add inches to my vert this way
  • to send to people who ask about vibram five fingers, in addition to tim ferriss's article
  • how to learn how to code, for the absolute beginner. covers how to execute programs, and emphasizes difficulty of said task, thank goodness. will be recommending this to people who ask
  • a student fails to copy a mondrian, there are subtleties that make it excellent, difficult to replicate. this is good because i've wanted to learn more about what makes good artists so good

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