Monthly Archives: July 2012

ask a scatterbrain: sharing code and data

This from an anonymous correspondent: Making data and code available for other researchers is an important tool for promoting replication, discovering errors, and advancing research agendas. However, how to handle the ownership situation? In this case, a junior scholar who worked for a long time on a tricky piece of code, using publicly available data, […]

the witch hunt and inquisition meme

Per Smith first alerted us to the emergence of a new meme in the debate over Mark Regnerus’s article: the “witch hunt and inquisition” meme, apparently first posted by George Yancey and roundly debunked before Yancey moved on to other pursuits. Christian Smith also advanced the claim, first in a set of vitriolic emails sent […]

the 2012 asa blog party: covered in awesomesauce

Please join us at the annual ASA blog party: Saturday, August 18, 2012 8-10pm Harry’s Bar in the lobby of the Magnolia hotel 818 17th street between Stout and Champa Streets (just 2.5 blocks from the convention center) This year, Jenn Lena and Gina Neff have graciously invited us to join their party to celebrate […]

bad decisions and fairness

I have often discussed in class an example from Lani Guinier’s 1994 book, The Tyranny of the Majority, that deals with notions of fairness and rules of the game. Consider a road race in which the first-place finisher wins $10,000, and all other participants are banned from future competition. Consider, by comparison, a road race […]

personally, i would classify the zombie apocalypse as an ‘unreal dystopia’

I just noticed the ASA meeting logo. Am I the only one who thinks the font and hand coming out of the ground looks like the opening screen for a zombie movie? Just replace the upside-down globe with a brain and I’m there, with popcorn. (Also, discussion over at orgtheory about the Official ASA 2012 […]

could we prevent some scientific retractions?

Fabio Rojas and others have been discussing retractions over on our buttoned-up nemesis, and making the excellent point that the presence of scientific retractions is good for science. However, it can only be good for science insofar as bad or even falsified science takes place to begin with.

putting my class online

So… I’m thinking of putting my Intro class online this year. Two questions:  1.) Any resources I should look into for doing this? Things you’d recommend and/or avoid?  2.) Any words of wisdom to push me over the edge one way or the other? Is this the greatest thing I’ll ever do, or the worst? […]

do i look like a mindreader, sir? i don’t know.

Amusingly detailed, but actually pretty interesting, legal analysis and advice regarding the verse in Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” where he gets stopped by the police.

why do we sign away our copyrights, again?

This isn’t the first time we’ve puzzled over the wacky world of academic journals, but was reading this  discussion of signing away copyright vs. licensing a journal to publish your article, the gist of which is that for this particular journal these are equally poor choices: If I have signed away all rights as a […]


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