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Open thread, 5/12/2013

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanMay 12, 2013 7:25 AM

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The usual. I haven't been able to blog much because of various other responsibilities, but I definitely do feel pent up posting energy. So when I come back I assume that I'll have a lot of stuff to say. Meanwhile I'm chortling a bit about this bizarre attack on my friend Steve Hsu. Here's the issue that I always have with this: Steve managed to get tenure as a theoretical physicist. When you're talking to someone who is an academic theoretical physicist it is generally optimal to not assume a priori that they're ignorant dullards. Unless that is you want to just engage in empty signalling rhetoric. Though despite not having concerted time to write, I am tweeting a lot since that requires only minimal lengths of attention. Mostly it's just repeating the functionality of my Pinboard, though I do comment and what not. Finally, I keep hearing that the Big Five personality typology is much more scientific than Myers Briggs. So I took a bunch of tests which purport to analyze the Big Five categories. Extraverted: Very high. Consistent. I was 90-99% on all tests. Agreeableness: Low. Consistent. Generally in the 15-0% range. Openness: Medium. This was not very consistent. 40-60% range. Neuroticism: Erratic. For whatever reason I varied from 20-80% here. Conscientiousness: Medium. But there was some variation. Oh, and here's a list of books I've rated for Good Reads.

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