Book review: “Anomaly!” by Tommaso Dorigo
27 March 2017 | 11:19 am

Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab Tommaso Dorigo World Scientific Publishing Europe Ltd (November 17, 2016) Tommaso Dorigo is a familiar name in the blogosphere. Over at “A Quantum’s Diary’s Survivor”, he reliably comments on everything going on in particle physics. Located in Venice, Tommaso is a member of the CMS collaboration at CERN and was part of the

Academia is fucked-up. So why isn’t anyone doing something about it?
22 March 2017 | 5:58 pm

A week or so ago, a list of perverse incentives in academia made rounds. It offers examples like “rewarding an increased number of citations” that – instead of encouraging work of high quality and impact – results in inflated citation lists, an academic tit-for-tat which has become standard practice. Likewise, rewarding a high number of publications doesn’t produce more good science, but merely

No, we probably don’t live in a computer simulation
15 March 2017 | 12:46 pm

According to Nick Bostrom of the Future of Humanity Institute, it is likely that we live in a computer simulation. And one of our biggest existential risks is that the superintelligence running our simulation shuts it down. The simulation hypothesis, as it’s called, enjoys a certain popularity among people who like to think of themselves as intellectual, believing it speaks for their mental


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