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] The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

Book review of the memoir of Robert Iger, former top executive of Disney and named as the 2019 businessperson of the year by Time magazine.

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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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Live Deliberately, Not Conditionally: On Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem – seize the day while it lasts. Motivation for the new year of 2020 ahead.

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Does meritocracy lack merit? A critique from “The Meritocracy Trap”

For Yale Law School professor Daniel Markovitz, the word “meritocracy” is ironically named – he argues the meritocratic ideal both lacks “merit” and creates a new form of aristocracy that hurts social mobility. This article looks at takeaways from his book, “The Meritocracy Trap”.

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What does it mean to be “Educated”?

“Educated” is a memoir that brought me to tears so many times. What does it mean to be educated? Let’s set diplomas aside and ask ourselves what it means to have an education.

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“All models are wrong, but some are useful”: Man’s Journey to Make Sense of the World

The world always makes sense. If you say something “does not make sense”, what really doesn’t make sense is your model of the world.

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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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[Big Ideas 001] Genes, Proteins, Pluto

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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