Monthly Archives: August 2009

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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 […]

Bookmarks for August 20th through August 23rd

These are my links for August 20th through August 23rd: Fallacies of Risk (application/pdf Object) – In addition to traditional fallacies such as ad hominem, discussions of risk contain logical and argumentative fallacies that are specific to the subject-matter. Ten such fallacies are identified, that can commonly be found in public debates on risk. They are named as follows: the sheer size fallacy, the converse sheer size fallacy, the fallacy of naturalness, the ostrich's fallacy, the proof-seeking fallacy, the delay fallacy, the technocratic fallacy, the consensus fallacy, the fallacy of pricing, and the infallibility fallacy. NIST/SEMATECH e-Handbook of Statistical Methods […]

Dear Google Recommendation Algorithm

Recently I was enticed into activating you so that you could  add a section to my Google News page populated with stories targeted by my search history.  I truly believe that those of us that live in today’s great information glut need ways to filter irrelevant chatter and focus on meaningful news, so, with great hope in my heart, I waited as you generated a custom list of news items relevant to me and my interests. What would you find for me?  Exciting new developments in science, subtle analyses of the health care debate, new movies I might enjoy, book reviews… […]

Essential Information for Office Workers

Over at Information is Beautiful, David McCandless has plotted common food and drink items along two critical axes, calories and caffeine content: I have a few quibbles with the presentation, namely the axes don’t cross at 0, and the figures to the right are under-explained.   Nonetheless,  this visualization is pretty useful and stylish.