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Yearly Archives: 2017

SSC Survey 2017

If you’re reading this and have previously read at least one SSC post, please take the 2017 SSC survey. Warning: it’s pretty long. You can talk about it in the comments, but don’t read them until you’re done taking the … Continue reading

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Open Thread 67.5

This is the twice-weekly hidden open thread. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever.

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Open Thread 67.25

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Watch New Health Picks

So far most of Trump’s appointments have been ordinary conservative hardliners or ethically-compromised rich people. But there’s a chance that some of his health care picks could be really interesting. I’m not talking about Health and Human Services nominee Tom … Continue reading

Another Followup To “Economists On Education”

Last month I argued that a news article misrepresented the feelings of economists on school vouchers. I got a bit of pushback from people who thought I had just misread it, and that it wasn’t deceptive at all (1, 2, … Continue reading

OT67: Comment Core

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread. There are hidden threads every few days here. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever. Also: 1. Lots of people scored the predictions they posted for 2016; the ones I can … Continue reading

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Should Buzzfeed Publish Claims Which Are Explosive If True But Not Yet Proven?

Buzzfeed, January 14: A Mindset Revolution Sweeping Britain’s Classrooms May Be Built On Shaky Science. Somebody needed to write this article. It’s written very well. I’ve talked to the writer, Tom Chivers, and he was very careful and seems like … Continue reading

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Why Do Test Scores Plateau?

I just got my exam results, so let’s talk medical residency standardized test statistics. In particular, let’s talk about average results by year – that is, compare doctors in their first year of training, their second year of training, etc. … Continue reading

Heuristics Work Until They Don’t

I. I got to talk to some AI researchers last week, and they emphasized how surprised everyone had been by recent progress in the field. They all agreed on why they were surprised: the “AI winters”, two (or so) past … Continue reading

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Open Thread 66.75

This is the twice-weekly hidden open thread. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever.

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