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Cute little way to learn about confirmation bias. Perhaps one of the biggest source of erroneous thinking in the world. The conclusion is simple enough: learn to love being wrong, it's the only way to reason correctly.
 
Why it's harder to be right than you think...
A short game sheds light on government policy, corporate America, and why no one likes to be wrong.
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It'd be interesting to know what was the average number of tries. I got 2 No's and a few more yes's before I thought well that's a good enough guess.  The rule didn't have to be so simple, it could have been something very complicated like Each number must be bigger than the one before it unless the first number is larger than 10000. Question is how much effort are people willing to put into this. Pretty sure if you put a gun to someone's head and say if you get this quiz wrong I'll shoot you, they'll display a whole lot less confirmation bias :)
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Canadian second amendment: the right of the people to keep and bear maple syrup shall not be infringed.
 
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Police have arrested a Hamilton man for pouring what's believed to have been a pile of maple syrup onto the sidewalk near the Convention Centre.
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Behind the scenes in the news room: "Yes, he was carrying illegal substances and violating his probation, but let's just say he was arrested for pouring syrup anyway."

Maybe he was pouring one out for a fallen comrade?
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Judge says: "You went online, to use a fisherman's expression, trolling for women to meet and have sex with. That seems to be part of our culture now: meet, hook up, have sex, sayonara. Totally inappropriate behavior. There is no excuse for this whatsoever."

Translation: "It's part of our culture and I don't like it, I'll jail EVERYONE!"

#getoffmylawn   #fishmetaphors
 
Male Teen Has Consensual Sex w/ Female Teen.  

He Gets 25 Years as Sex Offender and is Banned from Internet.

(Even though the girl asked the judge to drop the case.)


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Girl admits he did nothing wrong, has asked prosecutor to drop the case.
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Totally agree. I didn't mean to condone sex with minors. This is a delicate subject that would need to be debated separately. The point here was more about a judge being heavy-handed when the victim didn't want to press charges, apparently following his own clearly outdated moral standards.
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Daddy and +Jey Beaudoin teaching some Scratch to young programmers last Saturday, in Ecole Polytechnique...

Thanks for the help, Jerome!
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I'll y avait un truc appelé Makey Makey que Jérôme a bien aimé, tu peux regarder ça.
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More of this, less of everything else?

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Loved everything about this.
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We are told that sex — excuse me, that sex with cis men — is a scarce commodity that we must work very, very hard to earn. We have to earn it through wearing certain things and dancing in certain ways and eating or not eating and talking or not talking or saying some things and not others. We have to show skin but also not show skin, put out but also not put out. Sex with men, we are taught, is very, very precious, and we are locked in competition with other women to obtain it.
I’m 185 pounds, can catch a dick whenever I want, and feel pretty weird about the whole game.  The internet’s been freaking out over Amy Schumer’s Glamour Trailblazer Award acceptance speech last week. As the internet should, because the speech was awesome. When I first looked up from Judith Butler long enough to realize that female ...
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"The NSA’s XKEYSCORE program, first revealed by The Guardian, sweeps up countless people’s Internet searches, emails, documents, usernames and passwords, and other private communications. XKEYSCORE is fed a constant flow of Internet traffic from fiber optic cables that make up the backbone of the world’s communication network, among other sources, for processing. As of 2008, the surveillance system boasted approximately 150 field sites in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Spain, Russia, Nigeria, Somalia, Pakistan, Japan, Australia, as well as many other countries, consisting of over 700 servers."
One of the NSA's most powerful tools of mass surveillance makes tracking someone’s Internet usage as easy as entering an email address, and provides no built-in technology to prevent abuse. Today, The Intercept is publishing 48 top-secret and other classified documents about XKEYSCORE dated up to 2013, which shed new light on the breadth, depth and functionality of this critical spy system.
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Insert image: dinosaurs looking up at the Meteorite and enjoying their soy latte with cinnamon on top.
 
Scientist announces we have entered the Sixth Mass Extinction Event

"There is no longer any doubt: We are entering a mass extinction that threatens humanity's existence.

That is the bad news at the center of a new study by a group of scientists including Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies in biology and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Ehrlich and his co-authors call for fast action to conserve threatened species, populations and habitat, but warn that the window of opportunity is rapidly closing.

"[The study] shows without any significant doubt that we are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event," Ehrlich said.

Although most well known for his positions on human population, Ehrlich has done extensive work on extinctions going back to his 1981 book, Extinction: The Causes and Consequences of the Disappearance of Species. He has long tied his work on coevolution, on racial, gender and economic justice, and on nuclear winter with the issue of wildlife populations and species loss.

There is general agreement among scientists that extinction rates have reached levels unparalleled since the dinosaurs died out 66 million years ago. However, some have challenged the theory, believing earlier estimates rested on assumptions that overestimated the crisis.

The new study, published in the journal Science Advances, shows that even with extremely conservative estimates, species are disappearing up to about 100 times faster than the normal rate between mass extinctions, known as the background rate.

"If it is allowed to continue, life would take many millions of years to recover, and our species itself would likely disappear early on," said lead author Gerardo Ceballos of the Universidad Autónoma de México."

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"Hope for the future

Despite the gloomy outlook, there is a meaningful way forward, according to Ehrlich and his colleagues. "Avoiding a true sixth mass extinction will require rapid, greatly intensified efforts to conserve already threatened species, and to alleviate pressures on their populations - notably habitat loss, over-exploitation for economic gain and climate change," the study's authors write.

In the meantime, the researchers hope their work will inform conservation efforts, the maintenance of ecosystem services and public policy."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-06-sixth-mass-extinction-declares.html#jCp

The study: Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction, Science Advances http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/5/e1400253

Image Courtesy and Copyrights: 2006 W.W. Norton & Company Inc.
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This variant by Erik Meijer from Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/course/reactive) is a nice improvement, easier to see and remember the relative diferente between operations. https://d396qusza40orc.cloudfront.net/reactive/lecture_slides/Latency%20as%20an%20Effect%201.pdf#page=10
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Welcome back! (And huge congrats to the crazy and amazing people who thought this was possible and just did it.)
The European Space Agency says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth, seven months after it lost power.
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That there exist such a thing as "vote-to-seat" conversion metric, and that the conservatives can boast of being the best on it, is one of the best reason to ask for a reform of the voting system.

Metaphor: Our voting system in pre-Internet Google and the conservatives are the most efficient SEOs. I don't want to be led by someone who's good at managing link farms. Ok, I might be stretching the metaphor a little. But only a little. ;)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
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Philippe I agree. I read this article yesterday and I found it pretty weak. He's arguing based on very general trends and past average performance. The specific context of the election and the people involved is very important, especially this election. Any attempt to convert one set of support numbers to seat numbers without looking at personality, local ridings, etc is going to be basically a big guess. Which everything is really.
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I side very strongly with +Timothy Gowers​​ [1] on this one and am actually appalled by how slowly academia is moving to open peer reviews. Pretending that anonymity is the best way to ensure "pure science" -- and ignoring the countless recent failures of double-blind reviewing -- academia sticks to its aged model, firm in its belief that all the Internet has to offer is an easy way to share PDFs...

[1] and if I can allow myself a tiny appeal to authority here, just to prove that I'm not a lonely lunatic dissing academia from the sidelines: Tim Gowers is a brilliant Cambridge mathematician who won the Fields medal.
 
Here's a fine example of open peer review in mathematics. It is written as a blog post, and the authors have commented on the post, saying that they have made changes to their paper in response to it. The review is polite and positive, but not fawning or afraid to make minor criticisms here and there. And we, the readers, now have a far better idea of how interesting/important the paper is than we would be able to deduce from the mere fact that it has been accepted by such and such a journal.
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It drives me nuts that I've now written two peer-reviewed articles on linked open data / schema.org and the primary publishing format for both is PDF. (They're in publications with open access policies, so I can republish in HTML on our institutional repository, but... PDF. Sigh.)
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  • University of British Columbia
    2011
  • Université de Montréal
  • École Polytechnique
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Code + Boardgames
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I stayed in school too long, they gave me a PhD for it. Then I created two popular open source projects, gwt-platform and jukito. In June 2011 I joined Google as a software developer on Chrome.

I also play and design boardgames, Quebec is my first published design.

Moderation style
I like Google+ more than any other social network because the discussions I have here are more substantial, more polite, and more interesting than anywhere else on the Net. However, to maintain that level of quality, I will sometimes (very rarely) delete comments that I feel throw the conversation in undesirable directions. It does not mean I do not welcome opinions that differ from mine. However, if:
  • you attack someone else personally,
  • you propose an outrageous claim without any backing evidence,
  • you are too agressive,
it is very likely that I will delete your comment.

Fortunately, this happens so seldom that I can take the time to contact people whose comments I delete. You're always welcome to come back and voice your opinion in a more polite way, or with stronger evidence. Naturally, you're also welcome to reshare my post and comment in any way you like on your own stream.

Disclaimer! Although I work for Google, I use Google+ to publish my personal opinions. Any views I express here are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.

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Gave a talk at Google I/O before I was a googler.
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Software developer
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programming, boardgame design
Employment
  • Google
    Software developer, 2011 - present
  • BookedIn
    Lead developer, 2010 - 2011
  • ArcBees
    CTO, 2010 - 2011
  • University of British Columbia
    Postdoc, 2008 - 2010
  • Digital Fiction
    Software developer, 2001 - 2003
  • Matrox
    ASIC Architect, 2000 - 2001
  • Neo Dimensions
    CEO, 1999 - 2000
  • Université de Montréal
    Research and teching assistant, 1997 - 1998
  • Nortel
    Intern, 1996 - 1996
  • NetCorp
    Intern, 1995 - 1995
  • Teleglobe Canada
    Intern, 1993 - 1993
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Some of the most delicious tapas I've ever had. Go for the 7 course tasting menu!
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