1. The Dunning-Kruger Effect
Wikipedia has the scientific sounding definition of the phenomenon but here’s the simple summary. The more you know, the less you think you know and vice versa. Now, does this explain the last design review meeting you attended? Knowing about this effect helps me think better before offering my opinion. I speak up more when I’m more hesitant and I’m learning to shut up and listen when solutions seem obvious.
2. Poe’s Law
Essentially, you need those emojis and [/sarcasm] tags to be able tell the trolls from the truly sarcastic. For instance, since I’m usually clueless about Bollywood gossip, I figured Kamaal R Khan was trolling when he said this:
A female professor of Germany refused to accept Indian student coz of rape cases in India. I want to say – Madam so many rapes don’t happen in Germany coz girls don’t refuse to have sex.
He’d actually meant it. Who would have thought? So the next time you’re so angry that you’re sarcastic, don’t forget that little emoji (now less racist though still speciesist)
3. Blackstone’s Ratio (and the history of n)?
Law enforcement should be happier with false negatives than false positives.
4. The difference between “free as in speech” and “free as in beer”
Oh, just google it. Or in Slashdot parlance, lmgtfy.
5. The difference between a libertarian and an anarchist
It appears to me that Anarchist is to Libertarian what Arnab Goswami is to… I cannot find a way to end that sentence. You could try reading this little piece, though. It proposes the nudist is to naked people analogy.
6. The terms astroturfing and fanboy
Ever since The Hero chose a MacBook for his work laptop, the fanboy’s regretted introducing me to Slashdot. Being aware of astroturfing is good too because you learn to be more skeptical of 5 star (and 1 star) product reviews online. Not a bad deal, overall.
7. The importance of Science Fiction
Let’s just say nothing drives home the importance of Net Neutrality, tor and everything in between more than a few dystopian futures.
8. A data driven rebuttal beats ad hominem any day
I frequently find myself thinking “citation needed” in real life. But let’s face it, sometimes, rationality is just not as satisfactory.
9. It doesn’t have to be “your field” for you to learn something about it
No knowledge is ever useless. Well, that’s what I keep telling myself…
10. Differentiating between “Interesting” “Insightful” and “Informative”
Oh, all right, I’m just showing off how many mod points I’ve spent.
And now, with that confession, I shall slowly slink away and come up with an insanely fluffy post tomorrow.
Bonus: Some people are really, truly, actually clueless about women. My mind refuses to revisit some of the misogynistic sh*t I’ve read there over the years but meh! We do need to pick our battles.