Science & Society
Researchers have long struggled to design surveys that collect
detailed and informative data without introducing bias through the use
of loaded, confusing, or restrictive wording. A team of French
researchers has come up with a novel solution to this problem: Toss out
the surveys altogether, and replace them with a virtual computer program
that allows respondents to express their thoughts and preferences in
actions rather than in words.
It is often the case that I get yelled at for being both too liberal and too conservative in the same week. It happens because the science under discussion violates the motivated reasoning of someone's political beliefs. No conservative ever complains that the policy implication of a science issue is a conservative one, obviously, but you can bet left-wing people will, and vice-versa.
A year ago I noted an alarming increase in celiac disease patients - it seemed to be afflicting a lot of rich, white, American women
Outrage and scorn were delivered to my door; dozens of comments vilified me for saying it was not a real disease - which would have been fine, had I actually said that. Yet dwarfing those comments by hundreds were the anecdotal claims of people who had self-diagnosed themselves as celiac, at least until they discovered that since it was an actual life-threatening disease, they couldn't claim they had it, so they had reverted to being gluten sensitive, or even intolerant - vague and non-descriptive and requiring no pesky diagnosis.
Europeans may be slightly less anti-science than they are portrayed - at least when it comes to food.
Though American activists want the USA to be more like Europe and ban GMOs (except, oddly, in the food that organic meat ate), that is either not a policy that actual European consumers wanted, or they have become more educated since those laws were passed, or surveys lack controls too much to be worthwhile.
I'll be at the NYC MakerFaire this weekend (Sept 21-22), in case anyone wishes to join up. CubeSat culture has metaphorically exploded over the past 8 months. As a result, I've felt overwhelmed by data, projects, and requests. Overload lead to me not being as noisy on here as I feel I should.
I think I have a handle on organizing and reporting on it, so I'll be starting a series on this blog next week where I sift through all the cool stuff and highlight the trends and patterns emerging in picosatellite work.
Which is a fancy way of saying I'm going to post my 'must read' and 'to do' lists in useable form :)
Employees who have a sense of unjustified entitlement are more likely to say that their bosses are abusive and mistreat them than their less entitlement-minded coworkers, according to a new paper.
Athletes are competitive, they are always looking for that extra edge. And the line of right versus wrong can get a little blurry - even in the case of sporting events held for impaired communities.The Deaflympics
, held between 26 July and 4 August this summer, had that concern. Do deaf people have a disadvantage in events like running? And if deaf people have a disadvantage, couldn't someone fake deafness to win a medal, the same way a guy could claim to be a girl inside and compete in a women's event?
What about cochlear implants? Are those cheating?
As a guy who has never worked in a large company, but has seen start-ups I've been involved with turn out both wonderfully successful and less so, I can tell you that creating a 'culture fit' template for a start-up is essential in being the former rather than the latter. For as much as people who have never run business units or companies want to claim it is only about 'the work' and that each person can somehow be in a performance bubble, that just isn't the case. At a small start-up, culture can kill you in a way that won't happen in a larger organization.
I just noticed a recently published Springer article titled "Humanoid robots as “The Cultural Other”: are we able to love our creations?"
by Min-Sun Kim and Eun-Joo Kim  which cites my own article "Would You Still Love Me If I Was A Robot?"
At the moment I do not have access to the full article, but as you can see the first two pages are available for anyone.
Initially, what's unnerving about this publication is not the subject itself, but weirdnesses like:
It is either aliens or robots, which will get us!
Government and academic analysts say that cheaper labor in China is not the reason for Asian dominance in solar panels, but rather larger-scale manufacturing and resulting supply-chain benefits.