Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Economist this week

In The Economist this week, Schumpeter has a knowing piece about how to successfully network:

"The first principle for would-be networkers is to abandon all shame. Be flagrant in your pursuit of the powerful and the soon-to-be-powerful, and when you have their attention, praise them to the skies.  ... "

At Schumpeter I merely cringed along with the columnist. My blood boiled, however, at the first science article: "University Challenge", a tendentious piece of wish-fulfilment fantasy with dodgy methodology, misleading and unconvincing graphs, no correlation coefficients and in one diagram no regression line, and a wholly unconvincing, nay stupid, conclusion. All leavened with a deep ignorance of the underlying science combined with the promulgation of lazy fallacies and an entrenched gullibility.

I think it's fair to say I was unimpressed!

The view down our road this chilly morning