Friday links: cognitive bias cheat sheet, and more

Also this week: Michael Eisen plans to run for Senate, honoring ecologists, Princeton Monographs seeks women authors, and more.

From Jeremy:

An interesting remark from Andrew Gelman:

Why am I so sure that effect sizes will be low in the absence of theory? Because there are just too many things to look at. Without theory (or effective intuition or heuristics, which are just informal versions of theory), you’re basically picking potential effects at random, and most potential effects are small.

From Meg:

Cognitive bias cheat sheet. It has lots of detailed info on different biases, and this summary near the end:


Geneticist Michael Eisen has announced that he’s running for Senate in 2018. I’m not sure if there’s precedent for someone’s first run for political office to be covered by Nature and Science.

The British Ecological Society is looking for nominees for its prizes (see tweet below). My suggestion: use the DiversifyEEB list to get ideas for folks to nominate!

Jane Lubchenco has been selected to receive the National Academy of Science’s Public Welfare Award, which it describes as its most prestigious award. The award is presented “to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good.” The announcement of the award includes this impressive quote:

“Jane Lubchenco is my hero,” said National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt. “She does it all. She begins by providing the fundamental science that is the beacon for a better way to manage our ocean resources for the benefit of present and future generations. Then she steps forward to put knowledge into action through leadership both nationally and internationally. We couldn’t be more pleased to present her with our highest award.”

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