December Links, More IQ Points

David Siegel
Dec 9, 2019 · 3 min read

David Siegel’s Intellectual Brain Candy

Ionity — One Europe, One Plug. If people are going to drive electric vehicles around Europe, it would be better if all the cars used the same plug design. This is that design.

Naturally beautiful, durable, quartz countertops are causing workers in that industry to become sick. Our lungs try to reject tiny pieces of glass, quartz, or smoke, but enough particles can win, causing chronic disease.

Are smart phones responsible for depression and suicide? Teen depression and suicide are both rising. But teasing apart cause and effect is complicated. This Vox article breaks down what’s needed to understand it better.

Publication Bias and the Canonization of False Facts — “We find that unless a sufficient fraction of negative results are published, false claims frequently can become canonized as fact. Data-dredging, p-hacking, and similar behaviors exacerbate the problem.”

Is Science Really Facing a Reproducibility Crisis? — Yes and no. — One of Eliezer Yudkowsky’s best pieces. Everyone should read this.

Placebo Effect, Explained — I like most of what I read on Vox except their drivel on climate change.

NASA developing autonomous robots to do repetitive tasks on space station.

LifeScope — wants to help you use APIs to your favorite services to compile your personal data locker and search/analyze your personal-data history.

Thorium — the energy source of the future.

My new video on convexity and barbell portfolios in investing.

DP Art YouTube Channel — amazing drawing videos, mesmerizing.

Drummond Reed on digital verifiable identity for the online world.

There is a new book on fake news. I’m looking forward to reading it or listening on Audible.

KickSpike boots deploy ice-traction spikes via a touch-latch mechanism in the heel. The soles are going to be rock hard, but the trick is pretty cool. Visit their store in Anchorage!

The New York Times breakdown of Trump’s Twitter feed. Interesting analysis of over 11,000 tweets.

Does tipping make sense? I am not much of a tipper. I think people should do a professional job at a professional price. I think tipping should be rare, not normal.

Hod Lipson is building self-aware robots.

Estimates of bird collision mortality at wind facilities in the contiguous United States

How Life Sciences Actually Work — an examination of the scientific process by Alexey Guzey

Knife making taken to a whole new level — on this channel an absolutely amazing Japanese person (whose face we never see) makes these incredibly detailed videos on making knives from various substances and found objects. It’s impossible to stop watching. Millions of views.

Institute for Science and Reason. “Our mission is to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. CFI’s vision is a world in which evidence, science, and compassion — rather than superstition, pseudoscience, or prejudice — guide public policy.”

Have you read More than 30,000 people have.

Why we don’t need any more parking spaces.

Top-ten most-viewed YouTube videos of all time. Number 1 has been seen more than six billion times. What do they say about us?

Be Cautious with the Precautionary Principle — a study of deaths in Japan caused by higher energy prices after the Fukushima reactor meltdown.

The Job Quality Index — we are at full employment, but how good are the jobs?

Hard Problems in Cryptocurrency, Five Years Later — Vitalik’s blog

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