Quickies: Being swayed by the sciencey, Japanese government sued for sexism, and fat-shaming
- People are more swayed by things that look sciencey – Graphs enhance the “truthiness” of results. From John.
- Japanese government sued in landmark case over “institutional sexism” – “The case is the first time a serving bureaucrat has sued the Japanese government on the grounds of gender-based discrimination and mistreatment.”
- A summary of the Gamergate movement that we will immediately change if any of its members find any details objectionable – A great piece of satire. From Sarah.
- Bashing science with gay and fat-shaming – And how to address claims like “The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent more than $39 million on obese lesbians” with analysis. From Bryan.
One of the best courses that I took in High School was something called Consumer Economics. We learned how to read want ads, do our taxes, etc. We also learned how to analyze adverts and how bogus the whole advertizement industry is. For instance, saying that a product is the best you can get can can be truthful. The ad just doesn’t mention that the other ten products of its type are just as good, they all are the best. Bottom line, it’s all bullshit.
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