SAN FRANCISCO — When a team has the worst record in the league, it’s time to experiment.Because of injuries and free agent defections, the Warriors (2-10) have gotten out to a disappointing start to the season. There may be no answers on the depleted roster, but coach Steve Kerr hasn’t stopped tinkering to find some sort of chemistry that could turn things around.Since Draymond Green returned from his finger injury, the Warriors’ starting lineup — D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Poole, Glenn …
Scientists continue to insert their particular methods and viewpoints into every aspect of life, but questions might be raised about the validity of their findings and the propriety of scientists acting as advisors on moral and political questions.Happiness science: Advice found online: “the best way to increase your happiness is to stop worrying about being happy and instead divert your energy to nurturing the social bonds you have with other people.” Did that come from a religious counselor or family member? No, it was on Science Daily, touting what “psychological science” has concluded. Live Science added material on “why were’re not happy” and “how to be happy” based on research by psychologists at the University of Denver.Gossip science: Live Science presumed to explain “Why we love juicy gossip mags”. While some might respond “Speak for yourself,” Joseph Brownstein entertained the antics of a primatologist from UC Davis, Eliza Bliss-Moreau, who speculated about why unobserved ancestors may have found gossip titillating. Whether experiments on human subjects presented with visual stimuli say anything about unobserved ancestors, the article was confident in its ignorance: “While the reasons negative gossip draws attention are still unknown, researchers noted that it matches up with evolutionary findings in people and in animals.” Medical Xpress then said that gossip can actually serve a useful purpose. According to Lisa Feldman Barrett of the Northeastern University, gossip helps us see potential threats: “The researchers said gossip gives people information about whether a person might be a friend or foe, and suggest that being able to spot the face of a person about whom they have heard negative stories could provide some social protection by focusing on people who could be a threat.” The article appeared to be completely mechanistic and amoral. It omitted discussing the downside of gossip that is untrue.Love science: A photo of a happy couple accompanies an article on Science Daily that announced, “Want Lasting Love? It’s Not More Commitment, but Equal Commitment That Matters.” But did they get their material from Focus on the Family or the Family Research Council? No – the article relied on the work of six researchers from academia, who “used the rich mine of data in the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation (MLSRA), coupled with a lab procedure, to look for the answers” of lasting relationships. Can science go beyond correlations and statistics to present advice? Abortion science: An article on Medical Xpress claims that Poland’s law making abortions illegal has reduced hospital abortions by 99% but led to a flourishing private abortion industry. While gathering statistics may be valid for researchers, the article stated, “Women have been the biggest losers during this push of abortion provision into the clandestine private sector,” tainting the findings with suggestions of policy advice throughout the article.Global politics: Ever heard of the Anthropocene Era? That is a name some scientists are giving to the period of earth history showing influence by humans. PhysOrg said that humans are giving the earth an “extreme makeover,” leading scientists to become geopolitical advisors. The Anthropocene concept “forces us to ponder whether humanity’s outsized impact on the planet could lead to undesired, possibly uncontrollable, outcomes, and what, if anything, humanity should do about it,” the article said. “That leaves scientists who may be more comfortable classifying rocks than rocking the boat in a tricky position.”IQ and criminal justice: New Scientist posted a story with unpleasant throwbacks to eugenics and impacts on criminal law. “Some people in the US may have been wrongly executed because of inaccuracies in the IQ tests used to assess them,” the article by Jessica Griggs began. “But the inaccuracies may also have seen some escape execution if they scored lower on the tests than their real IQ.” That reference to “real IQ” presumes that IQ is a valid concept that could, in principle be measured with accurate IQ tests (04/27/2011, bullet 1).These articles in the “science” media raise questions about whether researchers should just state their findings, and leave policy to the government and culture. Laws against drug abuse, for instance, contribute to many unsavory consequences in crime and drug trafficking, but is it the job of scientists or “researchers” to present legal advice? The same questions could be asked about laws regarding anything: monopolies, energy policy, vice and prostitution, alcoholism, and much more. Additionally, science appears to continue usurping roles traditionally given to counselors outside the science department. Whether that advice is more valid than those of non-scientists is bound to raise questions about the presumptive authority of scientists and the so-called scientific method, if there is such a thing.The word researcher sounds so authoritative. It’s much more satisfying that speculator or storyteller or divination artist. “I’m not making this up; I’m researching.” But research as a concept is so broad it could include anything. The reader of a gossip mag is “researching” whether Elvis really landed in a spaceship with the ultimate diet. Take off the re- prefix; it should be just searching. We should all be searching for the truth. Truth is not the sole domain of scientists. What are the standards for research, and is research limited to the science department? Don’t all academics do research, even theologians, historians and students writing term papers? The quality and validity of research are prime concerns for the claims above. Calling the proponents researchers or scientists (seekers of “knowledge”) assumes what they need to demonstrate. Critical analysis is needed, not regurgitation by toady reporters enraptured like groupies with the aura of science. Such criticism is sadly lacking in the science media. Science in its idealized state should stick to observations and seek to link causes to effects. Whether that is even possible is subject to much philosophical debate. But when scientists step out of observations and try to give advice, like telling us how to be happy, or that we need to be global citizens, they are out of line. Their opinions deserve only one man, one vote. They need to keep their greedy hands out of the humanities. You can help reduce the fallacy of scientism in our culture by taking a scientist to church. Let the researcher learn something about his or her fallibility. Let the scientist learn about the beginning of wisdom, the fear of God. But remind them it is only the beginning of wisdom. It takes years of research in the Operations Manual to achieve maturity. We all need to be wise, mature searchers and researchers. Here’s a better use of science: helping people. Read this Science Daily story and rejoice!(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#How To#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… One of the best ways to become an industry influencer is to get involved in industry events. They’re a great way to surround yourself with respected colleagues and they offer your the opportunity to network with others who share your interests. If you’ve got the guts to go toe-to-toe with some of the industry’s top pundits, get yourself on stage and show the world what you’re made of. When you apply for speaking opportunities, here are some of the points to consider. Reach and Engagement: One of the most important things to remember is that event planners want to fill audience seats. If you can prove that you’re going to contribute to that, you’re more likely to be invited onto a panel. Event companies often use platforms like Strutta and Vator TV to encourage voting and early audience participation. The voting indicates whether or not you have a following. Meanwhile, competitions like the Enterprise 2.0 Launch Pad event gauge the interest on Twitter as startup fans retweet pitches to the first round of TechWeb judges. Relevancy and Expertise: In some cases expertise is pre-determined by the events you’ve already spoken at. If you’re trying to get into a mobile event, it makes sense to explain that you’ve already spoken at another mobile conference. If this event is your first one, you may want to include links to white papers, blog posts and testimonial from notable industry celebrities. One way to ensure that you’re pitching a timely idea is to poll your network via Google Moderator, Linkedin Question or Aardvark and find out what they want to hear from you. Sometimes it’s easiest to see your most engaging material when an outsider offers you feedback. Entertainment and Sound Bites:An event planner’s biggest fear is that you’re going to be forgettable. It’s actually better to completely self-destruct than it is to be forgettable because at least self-destruction gets talked and tweeted about. In order to draw people in, many speakers pitch personal anecdotes and place them within the context of our shared history as startup entrepreneurs. Listeners generally find stories about themselves fascinating and if you focus on collective learning rather than your company pitch, you’re more likely to produce an entertaining presentation. If you’ve got video of past speaking engagements or podcasts send those along with your application. Organizers are looking for panelists who are lively and sound bite-able so avoid using industry buzz words like “ramen profitable” or “minimum viable product”. If an organizer wanted wisdom from Paul Graham or Eric Ries he or she would invite Paul Graham or Eric Ries. This panel application should be about you sharing the lessons you’ve learned. Photo Credit: Tom Woodward under the CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license
Jannayak Janta Party leader Dushyant Chautala on Wednesday said that his party was in the process of forging an alliance with “like-minded outfits” to contest the Lok Sabha poll and an announcement in this regard will be made within four days. The Hisar MP said a three-member panel of the JJP, that includes K.C Bangar, S.S. Kadian and State unit chief Nishan Singh, has prepared a report which will be discussed with party patron Ajay Chautala, who will take a final call on the tie-up issue. He indicated that the Aam Aadmi Party could be on board among the like-minded parties, while some smaller outfits, which may not put up candidates to fight the election, could also be among those who extend support to the JJP.Mr. Dushyant Chautala said only one member from his family will be contesting the general election. “Within four days, we will come out with details and make an announcement,” he said.
The Deccan Chargers have lost their place as an Indian Premier League franchise after it failed to meet an extended deadline to furnish a Rs.100 crore bank guarantee.The beleaguered owners of Deccan Chargers failed to produce the bank guarantee before the Bombay High Court, a condition that had been set for the struggling team’s survival in the league.Claim to fameThe Hyderabad-based company has won the second season of the IPL in 2009 held in South Africa under the captainship of Adam Gilchrist. Media group Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd had bought the franchise for an amount of USD 107 million on 24 January 2008.Why in newsReports quoting sources say banks and financial institutions that have lent money to Deccan Chronicle Holdings are being investigated for alleged irregularities in their dealings with the Hyderabad-based media house.The finance ministry has asked a two-member panel to conduct the probe, which is expected to take two months. A Mumbai based real estate company, Kamla Landmarc has bought the Deccan Chargers IPL franchise. Owned by Mr Ramesh Jain, the company undertakes construction of residential/commercial projects.