Comments on today’s report, Tuesday April 28, 2020. REPORT CHANGES Changed the chart on Positivity Rate so it’s based on a 7 day moving average. Thanks to /u/sjj342 for the suggestion, and this reason for keeping it in the report: “it’s not great given the limitations of the testing, but more useful than cumulative case counts or
Comments on today’s report, April 1, 2020. I’m opening up this to discussion, with one caveat – NO POLITICS. I’m very political myself, but the discussion on this post should be limited to questions/observations about the numbers only. As soon as I see a political post, I’ll go back to a no discussion policy. These
Zorgi’s Reading List
The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe - How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fakeby Dr. Steven Novella. In this tie-in to their incredibly popular “The Skeptics Guide to the Universe” podcast, Steven Novella, MD along with “Skeptical Rogues” Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella, and Evan Bernstein will explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the biggest scientific myths, fallacies and conspiracy theories (Anti-vaccines, homeopathy, UFO sightings, etc.)
by Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall. In an age riven by factual disputes over everything from climate change to the size of inauguration crowds, the authors argue that social factors, not individual psychology, are what’s essential to understanding the persistence of false belief, and that we must know how those social forces work in order to fight misinformation effectively.
by Donald Hoffman. The world presented to us by our perceptions is nothing like reality. What’s more, he says, we have evolution itself to thank for this magnificent illusion, as it maximizes evolutionary fitness by driving truth to extinction.
By Daniel Kahneman. In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacationeach of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.