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New Darwin Eats Cake
In the wild at http://darwineatscake.com/comic/en/182
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My response to the Slate article calling 100 regular-season wins the "kiss of death" in the postseason. tl;dr: No
http://jonfwilkins.com/2016/10/the-baseball-playoffs-are-a-crapshoot-but-having-100-wins-doesnt-hurt/
The Cubs wound up the regular season with the best record in baseball: 103 wins (out of only 161 games, due to a rain-out that went down as a tie). Does this guarantee that the Cubs will win it all this year? No. In fact, if you read Slate, “having such a record is nearly a kiss of death.”.
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Reminder that the first Ronin Institute Unconference is now less than three weeks away: Saturday, November 5 in Cambridge, MA. I hope you'll join us!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ronin-institute-unconference-the-future-of-careers-in-scholarship-tickets-28163314231
The landscape of academic careers is changing rapidly, and the traditional academic job market is more competitive than ever before. The production of PhDs far exceeds the number of available permanent positions. Even those limited positions are under attack, as universities rely more and more on adjunct faculty, and at many universities, the protections of tenure are being rolled back. A shift towards running universities “like a business” means...
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Fisher and Haldane return in the latest Darwin Eats Cake http://darwineatscake.com/comic/en/181
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New Darwin Eats Cake comic: Socrates and Plathiel on government http://darwineatscake.com/comic/en/179 
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New Darwin Eats Cake: Socrates and Plathiel http://darwineatscake.com/comic/en/178
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On Saturday, we held the first in a series of unconferences on The Future of Careers in Scholarship at The Democracy Center in Cambrdige, MA. It was a beautiful day, we had a great turnout, and the event was a fantastic success. In the coming days, we will be assembling a summary of the various ...
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Two weeks left to this excellent, excellent event! If you're in the Boston area, come join us!

If you have friends or colleagues who might want to spend a day with great people discussing everything wrong (and right) with the current system, and what to do about it, please share this with them.

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A reminder that we hope you will join us for the first Ronin Institute Unconference, on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in Cambridge, MA.

Please share the flyer and information with anyone you know who might be interested. Registration information is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ronin-institute-unconference-the-future-of-careers-in-scholarship-tickets-28163314231
The landscape of academic careers is changing rapidly, and the traditional academic job market is more competitive than ever before. The production of PhDs far exceeds the number of available permanent positions. Even those limited positions are under attack, as universities rely more and more on adjunct faculty, and at many universities, the protections of tenure are being rolled back. A shift towards running universities “like a business” means...
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New Darwin Eats Cake: Socrates and Plathiel on injustice http://darwineatscake.com/comic/en/180
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Two year old Kobayashi Marus the crap out of the trolley problem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N_RZJUAQY4
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In 1991, the five-thousand year-old mumified remains of a man were discovered in the Italian Alps. Numerous DNA analyses have been performed on those remains in the past, providing a lot of information about who he was and what he ate. But now, a team of Italian and Irish researchers have ...
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I'm Jon Wilkins, evolutionary biologist and poet. I'm the author of the blog Lost in Transcription and the webcomic Darwin Eats Cake. I am also founder of the Ronin Institute, which is dedicated to supporting independent scholarship.
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