Denny Luan

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Published on Jul 06, 2017

Product Plan

Summer 2017We're going to do a sprint focused around the editor.There are still a lot of bugs that need to be addressed (Editor Bugs Round 3). Feature ListFormatting add markdown style to-do's add ...

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Published on Jul 04, 2017

The Lab Note Writer

Hello!This post is a gentle introduction into the lab note platform and the editor you can use to write them. We've built the editor from the ground up to make an awesome writing experience just fo...

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Published on Jun 06, 2017

My first labnote

You do an experiment because your own philosophy makes you want to know the result. It’s too hard, and life is too short, to spend your time doing something because someone else has said it’s impor...

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Published on Jun 05, 2017

My first labnote

You do an experiment because your own philosophy makes you want to know the result. It’s too hard, and life is too short, to spend your time doing something because someone else has said it’s impor...

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Published on Jun 05, 2017

Product Progress and Roadmap

For the first week of June, Jeff is going to continue working on the editor bugs. We have a list of these bugs here: Editor Bugs Round 2.We're also going to do some user feedback calls to get some ...

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Jul 11, 2018
Tracking ‘flying penguins’: pelagic distribution and threats of South Georgia Diving Petrels
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Woohoo! Nice update :)
May 29, 2018
Bad hare days: What happens when hares lose their invisibility?
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Awesome! Congrats on the publication.
May 29, 2018
Making Moorit: Determining the Molecular Basis for Brown Colored Sheep
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This is awesome! Congrats!
Mar 29, 2018
The Development of Non-iridescent Structurally Colored Material Inspired by Tarantula Hairs.
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IMO the solution seems like what scientists like Dan Kahan and others are presenting around science deficit model - in science communication, how you present an idea is more important than the content of what you're presenting. Making something seem approachable, or funny, or engaging, or interesting is different than flatly handing over data. Each of those options is a dimension on the transaction that is communicating new science. In a way, it's kind of a defensive complexity against the exploits. Or maybe it's just that scientists today aren't operating on those dimensions enough where exploiting motivated reasoning does: you're more likely to believe the earth is flat if you're watching an engaging youtube personality deliver the pitch. I realize I'm totally blowing up your comment section, so apologies. I'll stop drinking wine now.
Mar 26, 2018
Fighting fake news by replicating the motivated numeracy effect
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Hypothetically, assuming you had comprehensive real-time data of what the collective conscience is in the world a la social networks, it doesn't seem that hard to monitor the available trends and exploit it. You could even automate the content and use machine learning to scale it, given a training data set of a target audience's underlying beliefs and values. E.g., you liked an old 2008 tea party video, a Green Bay Packers facebook group, and live 50 miles outside of a city - throw in some recent behavior, and you're probably a profile for some targeted content: five or six memes related to some political stance. Theoretically, if you could use AI to produce these exploits at scale, then you could probably use AI to detect the patterns too. If maybe you could predict when exploits opportunistically present themselves, then maybe you could counteract it with the opposite noise to drown it out? But taken to the logical extreme, with a known network of content consumers - what is the real defense though? I guess my question is - with the data you hope to produce, what does that lead to in terms of a practical defense against exploiting motivated reasoning. At some point, does it just become a predeterministic thing? E.g. given a population with X education level, it will always result in Y polarization?
Mar 26, 2018
Fighting fake news by replicating the motivated numeracy effect
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Oops - hit enter too early. Is there such a thing as exploiting motivated numeracy, per se, especially with things like identity politics or even the recent cases of targeted ads with political elections? Or is there a framework for measuring what areas of public conscience and understanding are vulnerable - vaccines last month, immigration walls this month, etc.
Mar 26, 2018
Fighting fake news by replicating the motivated numeracy effect
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Hey Matt et al, was wondering if you guys follow current political events and trends and your thoughts on them - e.g. phenomena like Jordan Peterson. I've been thinking about this from a science communication perspective, but haven't quite landed on a guess or theory.
Mar 26, 2018
Fighting fake news by replicating the motivated numeracy effect
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I'm curious about this - what are fisherman doing with sharks that they retain? It seems counter to other consumer focused efforts like phasing out shark fin.
Feb 27, 2018
Deep sea sharks: Do they survive?
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