Month: February 2015

Our Unconsciousness regarding Privilege and Bias

This is stuff regular readers likely already know, but it’s nice to have links to stuff for others. Two recent op-eds from the NYT discuss how decision makers in a wide range of gatekeeper roles are more likely to make discretionary accommodations for some people than others while not noticing that this is what they’re doing:

Friday Hoyden: Gillian Triggs

Gillian Triggs has proved herself so far above the pitiful scrabblings of the shrivelled souls who want her to stop saying that we shouldn’t subject children to institutional abuse that she has forced them to reveal themselves for what they are.

Fun with statistics and ‘splaining

When vos Savant politely responded to a reader’s inquiry on the Monty Hall Problem, a then-relatively-unknown probability puzzle, she never could’ve imagined what would unfold: though her answer was correct, she received over 10,000 letters, many from noted scholars and Ph.Ds, informing her that she was a hare-brained idiot.

Media Circus: Metadata Edition

NB: updated 2015/02/23 with links (below) re Abbott’s counter-terrorism czar announcement

I agree with LDP Senator David Leyonhjelm on something!

What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?