I love the Bad Chart Thursday posts on Skepchick, which mock various exercises in unjustifed extrapolation from datasets compromised by unacknowledged confounding factors or otherwise lacking rigor. This quote comes from the latest:
The common-sense notion that liars betray themselves through body language appears to be little more than a cultural fiction
In 2005, a group of MIT graduate students decided to goof off in a very MIT graduate student way: They created a program called SCIgen that randomly generated fake scientific papers. Thanks to SCIgen, for the last several years, computer-written gobbledygook has been routinely published in scientific journals and conference proceedings.
From gyzym on Tumblr: just shut up …consuming media critically is a skill, and in an age where media is more prevalent than ever before, it’s a skill worth having. It’s a skill worth having because you are going to continue to be exposed to media, and it is going to continue to attempt to manipulate you. In which it… Read more →
Sometimes they work out exactly as the malicious arseholes want them to, grinding people down until they feel the need to stop speaking out. But the technology that gives the bullies a megaphone to amplify their intimidation is a two-edged sword.
Greta Christina’s latest post sums up the last few months pretty well.