# Knowing

 Random Link ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Aug 2, 2021 » Misconstructions and Misconceptions 1 min; updated Nov 6, 2021 A collection of instances in which I believed something that wasn’t true. A reminder to read not to believe, but to weigh and consider . The Four Color Theorem does not claim that 4 colors suffice to color a planar map. Instead, 4 colors are sufficient to color any planar graph so that no two vertices connected by an edge are colored with the same color. For any $$n$$, there is a map that requires at least $$n$$ colors.... Oct 31, 2021 » In Defense of a Liberal Education 5 min; updated Nov 6, 2021 Societal Preference for STEM Over the Liberal Arts Not everyone can [wants to?] take the sciences, but they were pushed out of their passions into applicable degrees like Business and Communications. The initially high economic return to applied STEM degrees declines by more than 50% in the first decade. People who major in LA don’t get first jobs that are as lucrative, but they do catch up. Governments tend to claim a shortage of STEM workers (who are valued for innovation and national defense), and allocate funds for increasing the student pipeline.... May 2, 2020 » On Learning 3 min; updated Oct 31, 2021 On “Doing Your Research” Of late, the phrase “do your research” has been popular , with some pushing back claiming that lay people tend to entrench their initial opinions and should defer to the consensus of scientific experts . How does one spot the scientific consensus? Maybe by surveying the publications of the relevant field. Indexing and abstracting services provide abstracts of publications and references to documents , and may thus prove useful.... Jun 15, 2021 » Thoughts on Academic Research 5 min; updated Oct 29, 2021 Going to a talk is difficult for everyone because nobody understands the whole thing, but it’s especially difficult for undergraduates because they still expect to. is a rich resource for understanding scholarly literature. Browse it. Some of the listed items are familiar, e.g. Google Scholar, SCImago, Sci-Hub, but it’d be informative to zoom out to the larger picture, e.g. good alternatives to Google Scholar. How to Read a Paper The First Pass (5 - 10 min) Objectives: category, context, validity of assumptions, contributions and quality of writing.... Sep 1, 2017 » PHI 313: Theory of Knowledge (1 items) Why People Are [Epistematically] Irrational About Politics; Jan 1, 1917 » How to Study [Book] (6 items) 00. Introduction; How to Study [Swain, George Fillmore]; 01. The Proper Mental Attitude; 02. Studying Understandingly; 03. A System of Study; 04. Proper Habits and Methods of Work; Dec 5, 2013 » An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments (3 items) Informal Fallacies; An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments [Ali Almossawi]; Formal & Red Herring Fallacies; Feb 1, 2015 » Rationality: From AI to Zombies [Series] (3 items) Rationality: From AI to Zombies [Yudkowsky, Eliezer]; Overly Convenient Excuses; Against Rationalization; Apr 3, 2018 » Factfulness [Book] (2 items) Pop Quiz: How Well Do You Know the World?; Factfulness [Hans Rosling; Anna Rosling Rönnlund; Ola Rosling]; Sep 1, 2019 » Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning in a Digital World (6 items) Brandolini's Bullshit Asymmetry Principle; Calling Bullshit [INFO 270]; On Bullshit [Frankfurt]; Deeper Into Bullshit; A Kind Word for Bullshit: The Problem of Academic Writing; The Fine Art of Baloney Detection [Sagan]; Feb 3, 2021 » Logical Fallacies (2 items) Informal Fallacies; Formal & Red Herring Fallacies;