About Timoni M. West

Web designer in San Francisco

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  • Timoni shared from 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know: Math Explains Your World by John D. Barrow
    This type of self-selection is a type of bias that can have far-reaching consequences in science and for the analysis of data, especially if it is unnoticed. Suppose you want to determine if people who attend church regularly are healthier than those who do not. There is a pitfall that you have to avoid. The most unhealthy people will not be able to get to church and so just counting heads in the congregation and noting their state of health will give a spurious result. Similarly, when we come to look at the Universe we might have in mind a ‘principle’, inspired by Copernicus, that we must...
  • Timoni shared from a Personal Document
    so the court will see all the evidence; that is the theory.  If there are two clever arguers in the box dilemma, it is not quite as good as one curious inquirer, but it is almost as good.  But
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  • Timoni shared from I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away by Bill Bryson
    But then that’s the thing about household injuries if Table No. 206 is any guide—they can come at you from almost anywhere. Consider this one. In 1992 (the latest year for which figures are available) more than 400,000 people in the United States were injured by chairs, sofas, and sofa beds. What are we to make of this? Does it tell us something trenchant about the design of modern furniture or merely that we have become exceptionally careless sitters?
  • Timoni shared from a Personal Document
    The shared idea in the minds of society, the great unstated assumptions�unstated because unnecessary to state; everyone knows them�constitute that society’s deepest set of beliefs about how the world works.
  • Timoni shared from a Personal Document
    In the brain, maximum positive feelings are generated, and negative feelings turned off, not after reaching a goal but in the approach to a challenging goal, one you’re not 100 percent certain you can reach, one where you have to muster all your resources and stretch. It’s in that last final sprint toward it that people feel most happy.
    Note: When are we most happy? Just before we achieve a challenging goal.
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Timoni M. West
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