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The cognitive science of getting out the vote

September 15th, 2020, 10:00am by Sam Wang

There’s been a fair bit of research on how to optimize appeals to get people to go vote. But what about optimizing the effort of the people who do the volunteer work of turning them out? I received the following mail: I’m finding that there are so many campaigns to help that I feel as […]

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The new generation gives me hope

June 29th, 2020, 7:38pm by Sam Wang

This remarkable bit of TikTok storytelling, after the jump (it’s causing problems on some browsers)…

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Steak-umm Bless!

May 18th, 2020, 11:51am by Sam Wang

I was interviewed on the essential topic of Steak-umm’s advocacy for truth and evidence-based policy. Juliana Kaplan at Business Insider reports.

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Coronavirus epidemic: The end of the beginning?

April 7th, 2020, 6:30am by Sam Wang

Mathematical models of the disease are useful for state/national-level decisionmaking. But they don’t seem to address what we need as individuals. So Lucas Manning, Ben Deverett, and I calculated some simpler things. Basically, I think we’re at or slightly past the point of maximum personal risk. We just have to shelter for another…month! Yesterday I […]

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Climate life events

February 25th, 2018, 9:39pm by Sam Wang

This graph was done using a simple but outstanding app to make climate change personal. [GitHub]

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R.I.P., Adam West

June 10th, 2017, 11:54am by Sam Wang

My favorite version of Batman.

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Between Two Quants

November 2nd, 2016, 12:00pm by Sam Wang

NYC readers, tonight I’ll be at the American Museum of Natural History, I’ll have a discussion with The Upshot’s Josh Katz. Our topic is The Science of Predicting an Election, with an added special focus on his approach to visual data representations using maps. It’s part of the SciCafe series and is free of charge. […]

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The cabaret was quiet except for the drillin’ in the wall

October 14th, 2016, 12:57am by Sam Wang

Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Awesome. He is a big part of the America I love. To echo Josh Marshall, this news makes me optimistic. The choice of Dylan breaks a drought in U.S. writers since Toni Morrison won in 1993. The award to Dylan makes sense in the light […]

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Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2015, 6:22pm by Sam Wang

Happy new year, all! Predictions for 2016, anyone? Ideally with some logical support, but oh heck, it’s New Year’s Eve – let your freak flag fly. Aspirations?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26th, 2015, 3:30pm by Sam Wang

I know it’s a time for people to come together, eat, and get into conversation. Sometimes things can get contentious. Here’s a primer on What To Say To Your Frequentist Uncle. Lots of good stuff there, including a question on what “never” means. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Update:

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