Best of Twitter - week of May 6, 2019 (2/2)

probably the densest issue so far..
Best of Twitter - week of May 6, 2019 (2/2)
By Alexey Guzey • Issue #14 • View online
probably the densest issue so far..

simine vazire
How would I know if my own research area was this wrong?
Our usual safeguards won’t save us: peer review, meta-analysis, 100s of conceptual replications, listening to eminent researchers. All failed.
This should be keeping us up at night.
David Cox
Science is self-correcting in the long run, but I am increasingly fascinated by the organizational behavior side of discovery. The incentive structure in modern academia can drive the creation of entire subfields built atop nonsense. How much human potential was wasted here?
Matthew Yglesias
"only about one-third of the population seems to comprehend interest compounding or the workings of credit cards”
Tyler Tringas
One of the best things I've seen founders do is start a monthly update email for advisors & current/potential investors really early on 🔥
Patrick McKenzie
+1 on this advice. If investors/advisors aren't relevant to you, try peers instead. Feedback from people who know the story and have been following along is better than one-off drop-in feedback, and the discipline of reporting results monthly helps to ensure you have them.
Luis Pedro Coelho
EU funds by region, but regions are designed by member states. So, states are gerrymandering their regions to optimize for EU funds.
<– “Satisfied that he could get back in front of the story, the PR team lead turned and warned us to never do anything like this without telling him first. He did not want to let great public relations opportunities like this slip by ever again.” xwhystartupswin
Sean Mark, PhD
"Smokers risk of contracting lung cancer is between 9 & 25 times greater than non-smokers. Unless relative risks are greater than five, epidemiological studies typically provide low-quality evidence. Meat was based on relative risks of 1.17 to 1.18."
George Mack
"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” - Fitzgerald
(^ a superb thread)
Ale Resnik
@andrewchen Hundreds of millions of people around the world would do anything (and they do) to be able to come to the US and work as Uber or Lyft drivers in America and build a better future.
T. Greer
NEW BLOG POST: "The Utterly Dysfunctional Belt and Road"

In this blog post I tackle an interesting question: if Xi Jinping is so powerful, why does he struggle to direct and control his signature initiative?
Nick HK
Just had a background check for an application. Very interesting! I got to see every social media post I've ever made that contains a potentially controversial word, *and also every social media post I've ever LIKED that contains a potentially controversial word.*
Rolf Degen
The thing that people take to be their "true self" is actually the reputation they desire others to hold of them. Thought provoking essay by the great Roy Baumeister.
Multidimensional Bertrand Le Roy
@morrisonbrett Conclusion: WhatsApp, despite being end-to-end encrypted, still leaks private information by making non-sandboxed queries to external web sites. It should not do that.

Wesley Yang
This amazing piece about how the founders of Mic were cynical tech/finance bros whose online profit-making scheme turned into a deadly earnest socjus cult captures the absurdity of the online pseudo-reality
(two tweets are part of a loooooong thread)
Wesley Yang
What is of interest is how what began as a cynical metrics and cost-driven expedient became a a set of genuine ideological commitments through an online radicalization process driven by cycles of trolling and performative victimhood
Also, reminds me of a now deleted tweet that read “We are living in an era of woke capitalism in which companies pretend to care about social justice to sell products to people who pretend to hate capitalism.”
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Alexey Guzey
By Alexey Guzey

best 10-15 tweets of the week. mostly economics, biology, startups

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