Working With Biases

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Color Calibration Target on the Curiosity Rover. Image credit: NASA/Cornell/JPL Camera Calibration One of the identities I ascribe to myself is “scientist.” In particular, I like to think of myself as a data scientist. I like to play with data from various instruments and understand what those data are telling me about a physical property […]

Reverse Racism? What is that?

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I saw this phrase used again. On a friend’s Facebook feed. “Reverse Racism.”What does that even mean?“Reverse Racism.”“Reverse. Racism.”  The poster’s idea being that when a Black/African American person distrusts white people it’s “reverse racism.” Or when a Native American doesn’t trust the government it’s because of “reverse racism.” Or any of a litany of similar […]

Every Evil Starts at 15 Volts.

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“Every evil starts at 15 volts.” Philip Zimbardo, the psychologist (in)famous for the Stanford Prison Experiment said this to describe the results of the famous obedience experiment by Stanley Milgram, with whom he had attended high school. SAFER: . . . are you suggesting that-that it could happen here?MILGRAM: I would say, on the basis […]