If you have a display with a high pixel density, such as a "retina" MacBook Pro, the default LaTeX images generated by Anki look blurry. This is possible to change. The information on how to do so is a bit scattered on the web, so I decided to put together …Read more
On Friday 2018-07-27, A-magasinet – Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten's weekly magazine – printed an article titled Topsoil or millionaire? (The article is in Norwegian and behind a paywall.)
It tells the story of farmer Ingjerd Loe's fight with Bane Nor, the state-owned company responsible for national railway infrastructure. Bane Nor wants to build …Read more
I was once involved in politics. I left mostly because of the tiring nature of the political game and the lack of truth-seeking.
Since then, I've become increasingly frustrated with how vapidly and evasively most politicians speak. The lack of in my view good parties has also frustrated me. Finally …Read more
I have to admit, I was a bit dismayed by history professor Jerry Z. Muller's new book The Tyranny of Metrics. A big believer in using numbers for analysis, I didn't like seeing such a solid argument for why we should be more careful before deploying metrics to improve organisation …Read more
In 2015, Philip Tetlock (of Superforecasting fame) asked the Open Philanthropy Project to fund two projects, one of which was called the Alpha Pundit Challenge:
"[The “Alpha Pundit Challenge”] would systematically convert vague predictions made by prominent pundits into explicit numerical forecasts. Both of these projects are in the …Read more
In Britain, "[a]t least one in three heart surgeons has refused to treat critically ill patients because they are worried it will affect their mortality ratings if things go wrong" (Knapton, 2016).
Because heart surgeons' success rates are published, they have an incentive to avoid treating …Read more