Tweets for 2011-09-29

  • First day of term. Just cycled to work, passing a student obviously on their way home from the night before. That's the spirit! #
  • Important critique of "Baysian cognition" experiments, reported in withering style by Cosma Shalizi #
  • Sheffield: England's greenest city #
  • Rats learning a habit show shifts in striatal brain waves, from high (gamma) frequency oscillations to low (beta), #
  • Cory: the solution to privacy erosion on the internet is code, not laws #
  • And of course the most important thing about "the privacy bargain" is that you know you are currently making some form of it #
  • "Rethinking 'thinking': Modernism and the mind" by @cfernyhough #
  • I review Roy Baumeister's new book "Willpower" here short story: this is a bad book, don't read it #
  • RT @mikedewar: Cosma Shalizi calls out the "data scientist" emperors on their shiny new clothes #
  • RT @cfernyhough: Anyone know of any mathematicians or games theorists with interests in memory? #
  • Review of research on spacing effects in learning – essential for all students, not just psychology students! #
  • I've just completed the Adult ADHD symptom checklist it says I have "symptoms highly consistent with ADHD in adults" #
  • Funny, I started the day healthy and normal, now – if I believe this scale – I am a patient who "warrents further investigation" #

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Quote #276: “everybody wants to build”

Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.

Kurt Vonnegut, in Hocus Pocus


Links for August-September 2011


Tweets for 2011-09-22

  • You'd have thought that @sheffielduni would have access to Psych Science, but no. Anyone got access to this ? #
  • Lor' bless the internets and people who sent me that PDF #
  • nice guardian series: "Voices of finance". Here, computer programmer at a trading company #
  • RT @PsyBlog Feelings Beat Thoughts For Fast Complex Decisions. Think or blink? The debate continues… #
  • First supervision with @mariapage today. She'd brought me chocolate covered almonds from Greece. I gave her a long list of things to do #
  • Doesn't seem fair somehow! #
  • From the archive "the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being" #
  • My award for most amusing/charming lab profile goes to Lera Boroditsky's lab at Stanford #
  • Cinema is a crucible of Humean causal perception, seen narrative informed by our experience of the form #
  • The Living Handbook of Narratology: chapter on Cognitive Narratology #
  • Next stop Thessaloniki, to visit the @sheffielduni faculty there. For this trip I will mostly be wearing brown #
  • Today: running a workshop for doctoral students on how to communicate research to the public #
  • Five excellent science communication tips from Randy Olson #
  • A cursory search suggests that there are surprisingly few online resources for PhD students who want to develop media skills. Any tips? #
  • RT @jrfj: @tomstafford besides the BSA fellowships, have a lot of other resources listed here, including some online: #
  • Now online from CogSci: "Piéron's Law Holds During Stroop Conflict: Insights Into the Architecture of Decision Making" #

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Quote #275 “I guess you call this love”

Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.

Paulo Freire, in The Politics of Education, 1985 (apparently)

technical notes

Screen brightness on NC10 under linux

If you are trying to fix the brightness on a Samsung NC10 running under Ubuntu linux (actually Xubuntu in this case) then you need to know this:

“Maximum brightness may be quite low if you don’t disable the “auto” brightness feature in the BIOS (F2 at start-up). “

From Ubuntu NC10 support forum

Also, whenever I fix anything with my linux installation, I feel like some sort of MAGICIAN-GOD

That is all


Tweets for 2011-09-15

  • RT @topfife: My head smells of electroconductive gel. #
  • Currently wondering: what are the essentials of the psychology of judgement and decision making that our graduates need to know? #
  • Reckon this year's cognitive psych class need to be introduced to Michotte's work #
  • Just got my hands on Ron and Marty's new book "Mindhacker". Can't seem to shake this weird feeling of familiarity… #
  • Important RT @bengoldacre teach our kids to code #
  • What app will let me write scripts on my iPhone? Just so I can do some marginally non-trivial maths #
  • New academic year approaches. Moving from "Inbox zero" to triage email management style #
  • Factoid: if I was literally worth my weight in gold, i would be worth about 3 million pounds sterling #

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Quote #274: Making Hope Possible

To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing.
To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing.

Tweets for 2011-09-08

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Quote #273: How To Think About Science

“Knowledge is potentially infinite. What we can attend to at a given moment is severely limited. So there’s always a question as to what will count as knowledge in a given context, and another about who will decide what counts. These questions ….are almost always properly political, that is they require a judgement about what is good, a judgement which the scientist is no more competent to render than any other citizen.”

David Cayley, discussing the work of Brian Wynne, in Episode 10 of CBC’s How To Think About Science


Tweets for 2011-09-01

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