5 Interesting Links for 08-30-2019

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Outdoors (Art)

A wonderful collection of outdoor art installations that work with the features of the land.

Problems (Data Analysis)

The title of this article would have you believe it is about the treatment of kidney stones. In fact, it provides a clear example of how data analysis can be contaminated by the perspectives and approaches of the researchers. Statistical analysts have been known to say: I can make the data tell whatever story you want, though usually more subtly. This article provides an example of just how the same data set can provide two very different conclusions depending on how it is approached. There’s another lesson here in data contamination or unknown variables.

These are both important concepts to understand in an information-driven world where statistics are often used to convince without asking the right questions. In an aside, this was my major issue with MythBusters though I still enjoyed the show. Their bias showed in how they chose either the tests or elements of the tests to support their thesis, avoiding things that would work against it without drawing attention to the choices.

Sports (Interesting People)

This is a sports story, but only on the surface. It’s a beautiful tale of making friends and helping others sure to warm your heart. (Via Cliff Winnig)

History (Space)

Through examples from the early space program of how problems in the design and materials of space modules were addressed, this article shows how the unique issues of building for an unavailable environment fostered a culture where failures offered critical, and welcome, learning opportunities.

Technique (Writing)

An introduction to the Kishōtenketsu structure for storytelling where the focus is on impact or consequences more than conflict. (Via Liminal Fiction FB group)

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2 Responses to 5 Interesting Links for 08-30-2019

  1. David C. McGaffey says:

    This may have been your best ‘Interesting Thoughts’ ever. The outdoor installations are beautiful and memorable; the lacrosse story is heartwarming; the Grumman ‘learning from mistakes’ story I will use in my class, and even the writing story was fascinating.

    • Margaret McGaffey Fisk says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. I have such eclectic interests that one set had to be perfect for you at some point :). Hope your class enjoys the Grumman example of why mistakes are an important part of development.

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