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Good article for a general audience on Nick Bostrom and Superintelligence in the latest New Yorker:

The Doomsday Invention

0[anonymous]5yStatistics * The relationship between sample size and power []. Or if you're lazy... [] * Should I assume log e or log 10? [] * wash-out period between treatments in cross-over RCT's [] * So you want to draw inferences about an individual from a group? [] * Sampling from dynamic populations [] * Relationship between number of participants and number of clusters [] Refugee health * An investigation of culturally competent terminology in healthcare policy finds ambiguity and lack of definition. [] * Mental health literacy among refugee communities: differences between the Australian lay public and the Iraqi and Sudanese refugee communities. [] * Refugee mental health bibliography [] * Refugee research techniques bibliography [] * Refugee work and occupation bibliography [] * Twine - UNHR data on refugees [] Psychiatry * Rosenhan experiment []
8gwern5yEverything is heritable: * "Thinking positively: The genetics of high intelligence" [] ( commentary []) * "Political Attitudes Develop Independently of Personality Traits" [], Hatemi & Verhulst 2015 Politics/religion: * "'Ethics' is advertising" [] , "The Strange Case of Anna Stubblefield" [] ("Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees...", "organisms are adaptation-executers, not fitness-maximizers") * "The Cost of Crime to Society: New Crime-Specific Estimates for Policy and Program Evaluation" [] Statistics/AI/meta-science: * "A New, Life-or-Death Approach to Funding Heart Research" [] * "Magnesium l-threonate/Magtein: publication bias in its human trials" [] * "Auto-Generating Clickbait With Recurrent Neural Networks" [] * "Page Weight Matters" [] (Simpson's paradox: when a better treatment - faster YouTube page loads - makes aggregate numbers worse - average latency goes up) Psychology/biology: * "Reconstruction and Simulation of Neocortical Microcircuitry" [], Markram et al 2015 (media [

November 2015 Media Thread

by ArisKatsaris 1 min read1st Nov 201536 comments


This is the monthly thread for posting media of various types that you've found that you enjoy. Post what you're reading, listening to, watching, and your opinion of it. Post recommendations to blogs. Post whatever media you feel like discussing! To see previous recommendations, check out the older threads.


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