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Survivorship Bias

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They say you can't argue with results, but what kind of defeatest attitude is that? If you stick with it, you can argue with ANYTHING.
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mindspillage
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Mountain View, California
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FarrelBuch
1 day ago
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Survivorship bias is just the beginning. We humans love stories, particularly about just one person. Alas, only systematic review of ALL the data is the only hope of seeing effects that are not random chance and seeing how big those effects are.
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
CallMeWilliam
1 day ago
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Applies to actively managed funds too, of course.
dukeofwulf
1 day ago
Basically just another lottery.
elwillow
1 day ago
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Applies to jobs search too.
Ottawa, Ontario
alt_text_bot
2 days ago
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They say you can't argue with results, but what kind of defeatest attitude is that? If you stick with it, you can argue with ANYTHING.
Covarr
2 days ago
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I'd rather see speeches about how it's okay not to be a massive success. "Statistically, kids, some of you won't ever make it significantly above the poverty line. But you'll keep going, and raise a family, and when you look back on your life in the end, you'll realize that at least you were a more likable person than Justin Bieber.
Moses Lake, WA
sfrazer
2 days ago
Such a low bar, and most of reddit will still fail to meet it.

orbispelagium: Today in class we saw part of a documentary on Patrick Henry School, an elite...

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orbispelagium:

Today in class we saw part of a documentary on Patrick Henry School, an elite school that turns awkward homeschooled Midwestern kids into Power Brokers for Christ

Every kid featured had the affect of every closeted queer kid I’ve ever seen

I want nothing more than to head down there with my crop-top and lead them astray

That’s the same as Patrick Henry College?

An acquaintance of mine went there. (He got better.)

It’s a super-conservative private college, so you’d expect certain stereotypes. Indoctrination into The One And Only Political Truth, strict codes of conduct with attendant enforcement problems, whatever. If the usual stereotypes happen to be true here, they’re expected and therefore less interesting.

Less expectedly, they have a proud school tradition that, when a young man announces his engagement (as often happens among young people of their denominations), his peers tie him to the flagpole and beat him with sticks.

Are these, like, twigs? A sort of symbolic “Haha, we’re “beating” you with “sticks””? Nope, says [name redacted], it’s honest-to-apparently-God baseball-bat sized weaponry. Injuries happen.

Another person asks why this tradition didn’t get burned to the ground as soon as security saw it. Answer: they do it after five p.m., when the faculty and staff are gone and everyone present including campus security is a student. [cue shocked gasps from everyone who hasn’t been surrounded by people assuming that’s normal]

And then someone who was tragically not me comes up with “During the day, it’s Liberty. But at night, it’s death.”

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The Rumpelstiltskin Fallacy

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I sometimes sum up the lesson of a liberal arts education as: socially constructed things are real, too. And you are not immune from their effects, no matter how smart you are or whether you've noticed that something's a social construction. It's not like Rumpelstiltskin, where once you've named the thing it has no power over you. In fact, approximately zero problems are like that; saying "well this looks like a ____ situation" is insufficient to fix it.

And consequently, socially constructed things are worth studying and working on and using and fixing and spending energy on.

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Color Pattern

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♫ When the spacing is tight / And the difference is slight / That's a moiré ♫
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mindspillage
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see also: http://www.perspicuity.com/?lightbox=image_104h
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Lythimus
31 days ago
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This just made me realize WaveNet/Deep Voice could be used to match regular sentences to the cadence of a library of pop songs. This would have no practical use, but it would mean you could pick out pairs of sentences from a speech and sing them all to well known pop songs.
FlyingRat
31 days ago
That would be fun. Certain things are well known, like the fact that you can sing almost any Emily Dickinson poem to the tune of Yellow Rose of Texas or the Gilligan's Island theme, but expanding the canon would be great.
kbenson
30 days ago
In the future, our robot overlords will speak to us exclusively in verse set to ear-worm songs, to both torture us and prevent us from forgetting their commands.
endlessmike
26 days ago
Do this with every Trump speech. Thanks in advance
JayM
31 days ago
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ROFL
Atlanta, GA
jepler
31 days ago
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hee hee
Earth, Sol system, Western spiral arm
alt_text_bot
31 days ago
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♫ When the spacing is tight / And the difference is slight / That's a moiré ♫
emdot
28 days ago
Lines will zig ziggy ziggy zag, ziggy ziggy zag / Don't be mad at the pattern / They can smooth do a little move, just a groove / And you'll see it unscatters

Socrates Gets Socrates'd

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mindspillage
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jlvanderzwan
32 days ago
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Hahaha, I love how they lean in in the last panel just to make it more awkward
CallMeWilliam
33 days ago
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Flashbacks. Fucking Gettier problems.

Chat Systems

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I'm one of the few Instagram users who connects solely through the Unix 'talk' gateway.
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mindspillage
40 days ago
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Also, NewsBlur comments.
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fmeggers
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Chaos communications

iPhone: 47.398945,8.541090
tante
40 days ago
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The Internet will connect us all ... just not really
Oldenburg/Germany
bitofabother
40 days ago
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Too real.
francisga
40 days ago
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I love that AIM users are not reachable any other way.
Lafayette, LA, USA
adamgurri
40 days ago
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THIS
New York, NY
mrobold
40 days ago
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The struggle is real.
Orange County, California
JayM
40 days ago
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No bubble for: Email-SMS-Jabber-iMessage-Skype-IRC-TwitterDM-LinkedIn-PrivateForums-NewsBlurComments
Atlanta, GA
jth
40 days ago
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POST /inbox/new&msg=Hi!%20How%20have%20you%20been%3F%20It%27s%20been%20years%20since%20I%27ve%20seen%20you%20around.
Saint Paul, MN, USA
drchuck
40 days ago
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Nobody uses Wikipedia talk pages?
Long Island, NY
alt_text_bot
40 days ago
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I'm one of the few Instagram users who connects solely through the Unix 'talk' gateway.
HarlandCorbin
40 days ago
I found me on the diagram, i seem to be in a lonely group.
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