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Robert Kende
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Science isn’t self-correcting, it’s self-destructing
Interesting article about fundamental problems of science nowadays.

"Americans lionize the scientist as head-in-the-clouds genius (the Einstein hero) and the inventor as misfit-in-the-garage genius (the Steve Jobs or Bill Gates hero). The discomfiting reality, however, is that much of today’s technological world exists because of DOD’s role in catalyzing and steering science and technology."
[DOD = U.S. Department of Defense]

"The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness."

"poor-quality research metastasizes through the published scientific literature, and distinguishing knowledge that is reliable from knowledge that is unreliable or false or simply meaningless becomes impossible."

Daniel Sarewitz on why scientists must come out of the lab and into the real world
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Caster Semenya and Sex-Verification Policies in Sports
Gender testing and "fair play" in women sports.
"According to Eric Vilain, a medical geneticist who consults for the International Olympic Committee and supports testosterone testing, these women turn up at a rate of 1 in 400 competitors, as compared with 1 in 20,000 in the general population."
There’s a “ticking time bomb” in Olympic sports: a new rule in place for the Rio de Janeiro Games—or rather, the recent suspension of an old rule—has o ...
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The deadliest words in the world: It's a girl.
200 million missing...
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Respektiert die Fremdheit des Fremden
"im Großen und Ganzen war das Römische Reich auch deshalb so erfolgreich, weil es über Jahrhunderte fremde Eliten assimilierte. Es ging unter, als seine Assimilationskraft erschöpft war."
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Kolumne Grauzone: Aus Angst vor der Distanz haben wir verlernt, Fremdheit auszuhalten. Ein Plädoyer dafür, den Fremden wieder als Fremden ernst zu nehmen und nicht als eigentlich Gleichen zu vereinnahmen
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Wie wahr!
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Über die Grenzen der Wahrheit in der Berichterstattung und in Lebensläufen. Der Fall Petra Hinz. 
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Petra Hinz. Kannten Sie bis vor Tagen auch nicht, stimmt’s? Nicht mal ich, der in Essen lebt (also dort, wo Petra Hinz zu Hause ist und Politik betreibt).
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Wenn Übersetzer falsch übersetzen
Die Zweifel an der Zuverlässigkeit von Flüchtlings-Übersetzern wachsen. Das Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge hat dem Politmagazin report München jetzt einen extremen Fall bestätigt. Ein Dolmetscher billigte Anschläge mit islamistischem Hintergrund. 
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Es gibt für die vielen Flüchtlinge viel zu wenige vereidigte und qualifizierte Übersetzer. Oft handelt es sich lediglich um Hilfskräfte ohne Ausbildung. Gleichzeitig häufen sich die Beschwerden von Flüchtlingen. Insbesondere christliche oder ezidische Flüchtlinge behaupten, dass sie in Heimen gemobbt oder attackiert werden, und dass dann Übersetzer bei Beschwerden ganz bewusst falsch übersetzen.
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Do Not Fear the Warming: Fear the Killing Cold
"We are between periods of strong glaciation, and contrary to what self-interested “climate scientists” seem to be saying through media mouthpieces, much of the modern holocene period was significantly warmer than what we are experiencing currently."
#climate #climateChange #globalWarming
Do Not Fear the Warming: Fear the Killing Cold British scientist Valentina Zharkova and her team at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom… predicted that a coming periodic reduction in…
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Does capitalism cause poverty?
"Francis is right to focus attention on the plight of the world’s poorest. Their misery, however, is not the consequence of unbridled capitalism, but of a capitalism that has been bridled in just the wrong way."
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/08/does-capitalism-cause-poverty
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Trump: Tribune Of Poor White People
Must-read to better understand sensibilities of poor white "Hillbillies".
There’s never going to be an economy rich enough or a government program strong enough to compensate for the lack of a stable family and the absence of self-discipline. Are Americans even capable of hearing that anymore?
Judging by the current political conversation, no: Americans are not capable of hearing that anymore. I was speaking with a friend the other night, and I made the point that the meta-narrative of the 2016 election is learned helplessness as a political value. We’re no longer a country that believes in human agency, and as a formerly poor person, I find it incredibly insulting. To hear Trump or Clinton talk about the poor, one would draw the conclusion that they have no power to affect their own lives. 
Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance explains what America doesn't understand about the outsiders elites despise
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«Diese Männer denken: Deutsche Frauen sind Schlampen» Interview mit Bassam Tibi
"In Deutschland tritt gerade der Worst Case ein. Schlecht integrierbare Menschen treffen auf eine Gesellschaft, die nicht fähig ist, Menschen zu integrieren"
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Raj Chetty for Dummies
Chetty's work is not going to go away because it's sexy, it's simple, and it supports a whole host of policy ideas that people are already trying to push. But it is proof positive that just because somebody teaches at Harvard and wins awards, that doesn't mean they can't produce "research" that is absolute baloney.
#education #chetty #vam #school #teaching
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Why do male students get more first class degrees at Oxford University than female students?
"The variance in male / female intelligence is politically charged and attracts vitriolic responses from certain sectors of society. There is less controversy over other aspects of extreme male behaviour. There are many more male psychopaths, terrorists and criminals for example. Neither does the fact that more males have learning difficulties attract much political controversy. But for high intelligence there is often the assumption that because it is unfair and morally objectionable (either in fact or in its possible misinterpretation or misuse) it cannot be true."
#gender #intelligence 
Recent research has shown that once again more male students at Oxford University were awarded first class degrees than female students. In 2013, male Oxford graduates received more first class deg…
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  • Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg
    Mathematics / Computer Science, 1997 - 2001
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    Mathematics / Computer Science, 1994 - 1995
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    Mathematics / Computer Science, 1991 - 1994
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