Category Archives: Communication of Knowledge

Academic Condom: Faith

In relation to top ten most highly cited retracted academic papers that still end up being cited, even after retraction, Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows: If a percentage of scientific research is no longer reliable or valid, how does … Continue reading

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Source of the image

Wanted to get the doctoral dissertation up, again. Had been up on a University of Ottawa server that was taken down, so every time the dissertation referenced, no longer accessible. So started a related site. Needed an image. Came up … Continue reading

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Qualitatively Objective

In relation to “Numbers, Confidence, (Un)certainties?“, Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows (e-mail correspondence reproduced with permission): I am well acquainted with the bias in favour of numbers, because it is so true in management. You have no credibility in … Continue reading

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Numbers, Confidence, (Un)certainties?

Seems that people have greater confidence in numbers than words. Some empirical evidence that pictorial or graphical representations can be associated with greater accuracy. All part of the research into general overconfidence in judgements. Seems to be this way also … Continue reading

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Educational Disconnections

Except for a two year break in 1997-1998, which turned out to be fortuitous, in terms of time needed to adjust to a newly-divorced status, related changes to living circumstances and parenting responsibilities, I have taught continuously, on a full-time … Continue reading

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One Way Communication Ticket

We are all individuals, utterly alone, even within the crowd. I suppose that, in a way, broadcasting is the mindset of the novelist, who surely writes for someone, whether in truth they exist, or not. My childhood friend, Neil Abramson, … Continue reading

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Keeper of The Flame, Alive or Dead

I have previously written about how challenging it can be to make a contribution to Wikipedia in an area where someone knows much more about the subject. Certain editors assume the role of particularly vigilant gatekeepers. For example, try to … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Serious Editors, Serious Criticism

Wikipedia is subject to multiple criticisms. I was also subject to multiple criticisms when I encouraged my students to consider contributing to Wikipedia, such as when they completed assignments on scholars in accounting or in sociology, when I have taught … Continue reading

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Janferie Stone: Constructively Reconstructing The Past

I entered the University of Toronto in 1970, at the age of seventeen. St. Michael’s College. One of the first people I met was Jan Longhurst, then at Victoria College, also from Ottawa, and also seventeen, as I recall. She … Continue reading

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Loose Artistic Immortality

Try as I might, I can’t convince most musicians I meet to complete wills. Even those who become clients often end up with half-completed files. Takes weeks to arrange a meeting to receive instructions and then…nothing. My experience with artists … Continue reading

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