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  • Dominik shared from Gently Down the Stream (The Inspector George Gently Case Files) by Alan Hunter
    ‘Cancer, my arse!’ observed Hansom crudely. ‘Why pick on tobacco out of all the other things?’ Gently blew a comfortable ring. ‘We’ve been smoking the stuff several centuries now …’ ‘I can show you a dozen old boys over ninety – smoked and chewed it since they were in the cradle. If you ask me it’s the cinema that’s the killer.’ ‘Or the internal combustion-engine …’ ‘Leastways, I shan’t quit before my old man does …!’
    Note: How times change...what was once serious is now irony...
  • Dominik shared from The Struggle for the American Curriculum, 1893-1958 by Herbert M. Kliebard
    public school systems are the result of contests between conflicting class and interest groups.
    Note: Evolution of public schools #edpolicy
  • Dominik shared from Complexity: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell
    Linearity is a reductionist’s dream, and nonlinearity can sometimes be a reductionist’s nightmare. Understanding the distinction between linearity and nonlinearity is very important and worthwhile.
    Note: Reductionist dreams and nightmares are too common in #edpolicy and #edresearch
  • Dominik shared from a Personal Document
    one is free to describe statistical inference as a theory of inductive logic, but these would be inductions which are deductively guaranteed by the probabilistic assumptions of stochastic models.
    Note: Illusion of statistical induction...
  • Dominik shared from a Personal Document
    Social scientists are often tempted to illustrate their ideas with examples from medical research. When it comes to medicine, though, we are, with rare exceptions, at best ignorant laypersons (in my case, not even reaching that level), and it is my impression that by reaching for medical analogies we are implicitly trying to borrow some of the scientific and cultural authority of that field for our own purposes.
    Note: On medical analogies...