Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Why People Can’t Agree on Basic Facts

Two related articles on how people end up with such divergent views from the same set of facts, and how the gap between the two sides keeps getting larger.

Why People Can’t Agree on Basic Facts

Tali Sharot | September 19, 2017 | Time Magazine

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September 19, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, emotions, information, psychology | , , | Leave a comment

Five Ways to Lie with Charts

Nice tips to be aware of.

Five Ways to Lie with Charts

Want to spin your data? Here’s how.

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May 17, 2015 Posted by | brain | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The 70 Online Databases that Define Our Planet

I didn’t realize so much data is available on the internet…wow.  From MIT’s Technology Review, December 3, 2010:

The 70 Online Databases that Define Our Planet

If you want to simulate the Earth, you’ll need data on the climate, health, finance, economics, traffic and lots more. Here’s where to find it.

April 23, 2012 Posted by | information, statistics | , , | Leave a comment