FBI contacts Colin Powell as part of email probe: until they show me that Condoleeza Rice or Colin Powell have billion-dollar foundations and shuffled these paltry few confidential emails to persona non grata like Sid Blumenthal, I’m not seeing the similiarity.
Economic Inequality: a venture capitalist attacks the idea of income inequality. The discussion at Hacker News is replete with talk of how society shouldn’t allow extreme wealth. Don Watkins and Yaron Brooks’ book can’t come quickly enough.
The Marriages of Power Couples Reinforce Income Inequality: if you believe that income inequality is the greatest threat to our way of life, then you mustn’t allow assortative mating! People should marry down for the good of our Gini coefficient! It makes my blood run cold to think how far this could go.
Science Isn’t Broken: the search for statistical significance over causation seems like a relevant factor in the rise of retractions.
I don’t know enough about science in the trenches today but blind groping through iterative hypothesis testing strikes me as more susceptible to implicit and subtle bias than theory-guided hypothesis testing would be.
I’m not going to knock data-driven science per se. Sifting through millions of DNA base piers looking for variations, for example, is a useful way to find things to theorize about but the goal has to be a causal understanding of how DNA works.