Don’t Trust the Odds (Ratio)

The odds are that most people don’t understand the odds ratio (and other metrics related to telling the odds). Let’s look at some common metrics and what they mean.

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[Book Review] Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World

A review and takeaways of the book “Humble Pi” – a 5-star book that teaches mathematical thinking in stand-up comedy style.

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“Premature Optimization” and the Pandora Box of Debates that Followed

“Premature optimization is the root of all evil.” This popular phrase in software engineering has led to interesting discussions on technical debt, the meaning of engineering and the Swiss cheese model of accident management. Hello World – read on to find more.

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“Uncommon Sense” About COVID-19: Data & Opinions Worth Knowing (live updating)

This blog post – live updated from time to time – aims to filter out the signal amidst the noise: data & opinions on the COVID-19 that (a) I think are worth knowing & reflecting about, and (b) are inevitably colored with my own biases & POV. Do your own research, form your own (informed) opinions, and stay safe!

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Secret to Longevity: Make Frequent “Quantum Jumps” to New Reality-Matrices

Reality is messed up. And this post is intended to mess with reality.

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How Strangers Confused Spies and Diplomats (Reading “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell)

How come the best-trained spies & diplomats were unable to judge strangers correctly? Why do our interactions with strangers go wrong so often? Malcolm Gladwell shares insightful tips from real stories & research in his page-turner: “Talking to Strangers”.

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[Big Ideas – Special] Understanding Markets via “Narrative Economics”

Nobel laureate Robert Shiller looks at “how stories go viral and drive major economic events” via “narrative economics”.

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The Tastiest Pizza is often the Messiest One

Guess what, your favorite pizza could be your best teacher on critical thinking. Check out what pizzas teach us about chaos & complexity.

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Heal With Herbs & Honey

Tips on how to select honey, what honey is good for, herbal honey tea suggestions & more to refresh your summer with some health tips.

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[Big Ideas 003] Role of Museums in Education & Science vs. Religion

When is the last time you visited a museum? How have museums shaped the way you view the world? Here is the ex-CEO of Chicago Field Museum sharing his views on how museums relate to education, and how museums posit themselves in the science vs. religion divide. | Part of the Big Ideas series, where I synthesize interviews by Discovery Magazine with the world’s best experts in multiple disciplines. Inspired by Peter Kaufman, who spent 6 months reading 140+ of these interviews, and came out knowing “every single big idea from every single domain of science”.

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