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Best of Twitter - Week of July 1, 2019

Best of Twitter - Week of July 1, 2019
By Alexey Guzey • Issue #24 • View online

Russ at [FOIA / anti-secrecy]
CBS News buys 4 used photocopiers at random.

Like every digital copier since 2002, they have hard drives that store images of every copy, every scan, every fax.

They pull the images from the hard drives....
9:12 PM - 10 May 2018
Stephanie Hurlburt
I like thinking on how a "bad" habit serves me and how it doesn't. Part of it is realizing that the things I choose to do, even the "bad" things, do serve me in some way. It makes me respect myself more to realize that, and I think on what else can replace what I get from it.
5:52 AM - 27 Jun 2019
Stephanie Hurlburt
Years ago I had a habit of picking at things when I was stressed. I'd think, "This is pointless, just rips up things you like, should be easy to stop." I only stopped when I realized "You're very stressed & don't have another outlet during those moments, it actually makes sense."
5:56 AM - 27 Jun 2019
Aaron “Alive Gay Son” Turon 🌈
Early on my therapist would ask “what are the pros and cons of that strategy” when I talked about a seemingly compulsive behavioral pattern I didn’t like.

This helped me reframe moralistic thinking (“a BAD habit”) into more practical, empowered and neutral thinking.
6:23 AM - 27 Jun 2019
Curl Of Gradient
The worst kind of infohazard is an intuitively compelling mental model that is subtly, incredibly wrong.
4:57 AM - 31 Dec 2018
Benedict Evans
This chart comparing the original iPhone with what else was available is a great illustration of how disruptive innovation doesn’t fit existing competitive rails. (from @waltmossberg’s very sensible launch review)
3:03 AM - 2 Jul 2019
on impossible research and its real-world consequences xscienceasaprocess:
John B. Holbein
Whenever someone says something like this about a diff-in-diff, I'm left with one follow-up question:

What's a better research design that's actually possible? 1/N
12:36 AM - 4 Jul 2019
Steven Hamilton
@JohnHolbein1 I think we should learn to accept that some research is impossible. And that it might be better not to produce results than to produce results that are wrong.
1:33 AM - 4 Jul 2019
Jay Kahn
@SHamiltonian @JohnHolbein1 Steve, are you saying we should not make a casual claim or not do research on the topic? Because to me those are two very different things.
3:54 AM - 4 Jul 2019
Steven Hamilton
@jstatistic @JohnHolbein1 Policymakers interpret all claims as causal.
4:05 AM - 4 Jul 2019
Steven Hamilton
@jstatistic @JohnHolbein1 You choose your own standard. In my original reply, I said “some” and “might”. For me, the bar is quite high because I’ve seen how policymakers operate, and that makes me very weary of generating bad results that have even the slightest potential of being seen as credible.
4:21 AM - 4 Jul 2019
^ these tweets remind me of one of my favorite blog posts of all time:
Such studies just pollute the literature with false positives – obscuring any real signal amongst a mass of surrounding flotsam that future researchers will have to wade through. Sure, they keep people busy, they allow graduate students to be trained (badly), and they generate papers, which often get cited (compounding the pollution). But they are not part of “normal science” – they do not contribute incrementally and cumulatively to a body of knowledge.
We are no further in understanding the neural basis of a condition like autism than we were before the hundreds of small-sample/exploratory-design studies published on the topic. They have not combined to give us any new insights, they don’t build on each other, they don’t constrain each other or allow subsequent research to ask deeper questions. They just sit there as “findings”, but not as facts.
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