News Bits

by Luke Muehlhauser on May 7, 2011 in News

Four new posts for Less Wrong:

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mojo.rhythm May 8, 2011 at 2:29 am

Luke,

You should think about doing a top 10 list of your favourite TED talks. Would be a good read!

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Luke Muehlhauser May 8, 2011 at 7:06 am

mojo.rhythm,

Hmmmm… not a bad idea.

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Reginald Selkirk May 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

What’s in your genome?
by Larry Moran at Sandwalk

Percentages by category. The bottom line:
Known essential stuff: 8.5%
Known junk: 65%
Unknown: 24.5%

The next time some Creationist brings up junk DNA, make him give numbers.

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Sean Santos May 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm

That last link is confusing. They said that there was an 89% chance that Bin Laden was in one town, and a 95% chance that he was in a different town. I don’t know what information they thought they were conveying.

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Reginald Selkirk May 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Ask a mathematician: How do I estimate the probability that God exists?

I read the comments following that, and it made me cry. People quoted Wiliam Dembski, William Lane Craig and Swinburne as though they were reliable sources on the mathematics of probability.

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Luke Muehlhauser May 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Sean Santos,

Actually, yes, Gary Drescher read the study more closely than I did and found out the reporting on it was bullshit, so I removed the twitter link. I’ve removed it from this post now, too.

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MauricXe May 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

This might clarify the confusion:

“This item has been corrected. The figure initially reported was incorrect; the model predicted a 88.9% probability given the distance. Also, the model only predicts the probability of his being within a geographic radius of his last known location, not a specific city. The article has been corrected to reflect this fact.”

Taken from:
http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/05/geographers-had-calculated.html

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Jacopo May 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Luke,

Apropos of nothing – do you think Lady Gaga represents the New Sincerity concept well? She’s outlandish and avant-garde but not really in an ironic way. She does what she does genuinely, like it or not. What do you think?

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Luke Muehlhauser May 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Jacopo,

That’s quite possible.

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Justin May 21, 2011 at 8:58 am

That link about Christopher Hitchens has been removed.

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