@netnomad I hear you and used to worry about this a lot. I ended up somewhat arbitrarily choosing an 80/20 split of things I perceive as directly (1-2 steps from what I already know) useful for my work/hobbies vs things that are outside of my sphere of familiarity. It seems (though I've no good way of measuring it) that this approach leads consistent skill-building in combination with consistent discovery of unknown unknowns. The latter I pick more or less randomly, via library or random wiki.

@bstacey Nearly all graduate programs at UC San Francisco have dropped their GRE requirements.

One of our faculty members conducted a post-hoc study and found that (for the cell/molecular bio program) only number of years of research pre-grad-school and **subject** GRE scores were predictive of perceived grad student success at the end of their PhD

You can view it here: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/

@bstacey I read this and really enjoyed it. While I appreciate the feeling of comprehensiveness in reviewing many authors' takes on EPR, I might have preferred half as many before getting to the 'so how should we actually think about EPR' portion.

Well done!

@zacharius I feel this just about every day. Not sure where I heard it, but consistently completing small actions (making the bed, walking along a prescribed route, etc.) seems to increase the likelihood that I will get started on my day-to-day (science research) earlier in the day. Waiting for the muse to strike me just can't cut it anymore.

@cathal I once heard it described as "hierarchical basis function regression" from someone at google. I like this a lot and tend to describe it as, "We think we know what is correct and we think we have a way of describing how far from correct something is. We also have a way to approximate many functions pretty closely. So, let's tweak many many simple things to make our defined error as small as possible."

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Chesterton’s Fence (human edition)

Don’t presume to dismiss another’s person simply because you see no grounds for adopting it yourself. Until you can explain how they arrived at their position, you must take it seriously.

I like this better than the physical fence version.

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I’m looking for good case-study type reads on decentralized and federated architectures, business models, economic dynamics, polities, biological systems etc based on real examples (ie not speculations, whether with or without blockchains).

Also looking for analytical things like CAP theorem, Mundel-Fleming trilemma etc.

@alex I strongly echo @miljko in their recommendation for the Three Body Problem series. It's quite long but has a very high ROI in my opinion. I also really enjoyed Greg Egan's Orthogonal series.

For shorter introductions, Greg Egan's collectino of short stories entitled "Axiomatic" is one of my favorites.

@nindokag Definitely interested! I haven't found a good way of scaling up production so any tips are greatly appreciated.

biophysicist/physical biologist in training looking for better ways to get better at everything.

presently obsessing over optimizing dumpling wrapper/filling strategies.

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