A potentially lose-lose situation for a professor

Reminds me a bit of the case of Phuc Bui, albeit in this latter case the professor seems to have acted somewhat inappropriately as they themselves seem to have acknowledged.

Random links

The Economic Consequences of Increasing Sleep among the Urban Poor
"Contrary to expert predictions and a large body of sleep research, increased nighttime sleep had no detectable effects on cognition, productivity, decision-making, or well-being, and led to small decreases in labor supply. In contrast, short afternoon naps at the workplace improved an overall index of outcomes by 0.12 standard deviations"
What Women Need to Know About the Covid Vaccine
"Women and girls can produce up to twice as many antibodies after receiving flu shots and vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella (M.M.R.) and hepatitis A and B, probably because of a mix of factors, including reproductive hormones and genetic differences. A study found that over nearly three decades, women accounted for 80 percent of all adult allergic reactions to vaccines. Similarly, the C.D.C. reported that most of the anaphylactic reactions to Covid-19 vaccines, while rare, have occurred among women."
Personal stories have power in political arguments — and pitfalls
"a personal story that is false will have more power to create respect than facts, including those facts that would serve to correct the narrative"
Reputation Inflation
"A solution to marketplace information asymmetries is to have trading partners publicly rate each other post-transaction. Many have shown that these ratings are effective; we show that their effectiveness deteriorates over time. The problem is that ratings are prone to inflation, with raters feeling pressure to leave “above average” ratings, which in turn pushes the average higher. This pressure stems from raters’ desire to not harm the rated seller. As the potential to harm is what makes ratings effective, reputation systems, as currently designed, sow the seeds of their own irrelevance."

On blinded vs non-blinded grading...

What fraction of sources would you expect to mention both of these sorts of studies?

Another NYT reporter for the block list

Those two tweets come from a thread looking at one particular series of false claims a recent New York Times article made, but it's not the only distortions the piece makes. I've decided to follow Antonio's suggestion here:

I'm still not sure it's worth following through with mass-blocking of NYT reporters as I think there are still interesting ones remaining working there. That said, it's not a very credible organization anymore.


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