What are school tests trying to measure?

I’ve just started reading The Lady Tasting Tea, the story of statistics in/and modern science. But one of the early examples has gotten me thinking – how would a scientist go about testing the general intelligence/retained knowledge of a group of students? Given: Whatever we measure is really part of a random scatter, whose probabilities […]

Everyone wants to be the hero

Whenever there’s an economic incentive to get people to believe something, you’re going to find organizations doing their best to get out the evidence that supports their case. But they may not think of themselves as propagandists. They may simply be engaging in the kind of motivated reasoning that all of us engage in. They’re […]

Computers are alien to me

I’ve been reading a series of technical and computing books recently, as I pick up my Python studies. I naively stumbled into coding assuming all I needed were the terms and grammar of a knew “language”. But there’s so much more to learn for someone who has mostly had a liberal arts education. It’s a […]


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