Bookmarks for August 24th through August 27th

These are my links for August 24th through August 27th:

  • Andrew Wayne & Michal Arciszewski, Emergence in physics | PhilPapers – This paper begins by tracing interest in emergence in physics to the work of condensed matter physicist Philip Anderson. It provides a selective introduction to contemporary philosophical approaches to emergence. It surveys two exciting areas of current work that give good reason to re-evaluate our views about emergence in physics. One area focuses on physical systems wherein fundamental theories appear to break down. The other area is the quantum-to-classical transition, where some have claimed that a complete explanation of the behaviors and features of the objects of classical physics entirely in quantum terms is now within our grasp. We suggest that the most useful way to approach the emergent/non-emergent distinction is in epistemic terms, and more specifically that the failure of reductive explanation is constitutive of emergence in physics.
  • SISA allows you to do statistical analysis directly on the Internet. – SISA allows you to do statistical analysis directly on the Internet. Click on one of the procedure names below, fill in the form, click the button, and the analysis will take place on the spot. Study the user friendly guides to statistical procedures to see what procedure is appropriate for your problem.
  • Wrong Tomorrow – time vs. pundits – What does this site do?It keeps track of predictions of the future by public figures.

    How does it work?

    When someone makes a prediction, people post it to the site along with a brief description and a URL. We monitor it and change its status to true or false when appropriate.

    What are the submission criteria?

    1. The prediction needs to make an empirically testable claim about the world.

    2. The prediction should be significant.

    3. The prediction must be by a public figure.

    4. The prediction should be testable within five years.

    5. Negative predictions (about things that are never expected to happen) are allowed.

    What is the purpose of this site?

    Research has shown that experts make predictions at a rate worse than chance. This site exists in order to hold people and media outlets accountable for pretending to see into an unpredictable future.

  • OpenSecrets.org: Money in Politics — See Who’s Giving & Who’s Getting – OpenSecrets.org is your nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. Whether you’re a voter, journalist, activist, student or interested citizen, use our free site to shine light on your government. Count cash and make change.

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