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Uncorrected statistics in brain imaging

I admit I’m prejudiced, and that I’ve enjoyed watching the recent blast of public exposure for problems in statistical inference in FMRI, undermining many of the central papers of the field, spurred most centrally by Dorothy Bishop’s (“Time for neuroimaging … Continue reading

15. March 2012 by Ron
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The end of Facebook

For me, anyway. Facebook never really worked for me anyway; but on top of that, there are lots of serious privacy concerns — see, for example: Facebook gives your info to advertisers, gets caught in the act, promises to stop; … Continue reading

31. May 2010 by Ron
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Anti-materialism in 4th-grade science

My son Oz (in 4th grade) brought home some homework covering the study of matter in his 4th grade science lesson. Here’s a couple of lines from the narrative page “explaining” atoms and matter: And on the next page, they … Continue reading

12. April 2010 by Ron
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New machinery

I’ve put up new springs and weights to hold up the virtual facade of profron.net.  Things might be funky here and there while I get everything tweaked and balanced.

14. January 2010 by Ron
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Varieties of PowerPoint minimalism

I often run across advice on PowerPoint presentations of the following sort: Keep your slides very simple, with as few words as possible. Lawrence Lessig might be the king radical of this sort of strategy — he’s notorious for the … Continue reading

30. December 2009 by Ron
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This year's "Mindset" list

As you may know, Beloit College makes up a “Mindset List” each year to reflect the world of the new incoming college students (born in about 1991) — what their life has included, and what it hasn’t. Understandably, reading it … Continue reading

18. August 2009 by Ron
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Not me, but I’ve heard this

“What Your Prof. Read” (in your email), from Ph.D. Comics:

12. August 2009 by Ron
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Leiter's 10 Notable Philosophy Blogs

Brian Leiter has done a nice little list of 10 Notable Philosophy Blogs, which gives a nice place to start if you like such things. And Dave Chalmers maintains a huge list of philosophy-related blogs, if you really want to … Continue reading

31. July 2009 by Ron
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Funny philosophy videos?

There’s the beginning of a collection of funny philosophy videos on YouTube. I’ve pointed to a couple before (like the excellent Kant Attack Ad and the Noam Chomsky Show), but hopefully it will grow into a nice collection.

31. July 2009 by Ron
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They’re Made Out Of Meat

Terry Bisson’s classic short about minds and meat.

24. July 2009 by Ron
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