- The curve is a fairy tale — tracing a Hollywood arc for a single metric. It’s an arc that cleanly resolves, which is unrealistic. The curve obscures both real-life messiness and all the other work and costs and tradeoffs of that resolution.
Fast science in a pandemic — that’s a good thing, right?
Often yes. But sometimes no.
And right now, we have no idea how big that “no” is.
More than 10,000 research studies have been published on COVID-19 since January.…
In complicated times, what distinguishes experts from valuable experts?
Most often: their ability to transcend their discipline and pull from other disciplines. To give more than uni-disciplinary advice.
Tyler Cowen makes the point beautifully. In 1990, he argues, economists advising an Eastern bloc country on how to privatize couldn’t simply present plans based on economics alone and expect to succeed.…
Your organization had an opportunity these last two months that most research-driven organizations didn’t take.
The opportunity, that is, to answer a simple question, posed nicely by Geoffrey Director, the VP of Intelligence at the content marketing firm Manifest:
What is the content that only your brand can provide that would also be genuinely valuable to your audience?
I’ve seen the future (of communicating research-based knowledge).
Here: So can you.
COVID-Explained is a brand new site written by scientists, researchers, and students to answer major questions about COVID-19 with simplicity, succinctness, and sound science. (It’s not to be confused with the older site COVID Explained, which has a better URL but isn’t nearly as good.)…
Take a look at these eye-popping stats, from journalist and technologist Frederic Filloux’s recent essay, “COVID-19’s General Blindness is Also a Journalistic Failure”:
- A search query for the phrases “global pandemic” or “global pandemic preparedness” from 2009-2019 turned up 1,400 results in JAMA, 30 papers in ArXiv and 17,000 results in Google Scholar.
Is staying six feet apart from others guaranteed to make you safe?
Not according to this report, which makes me dislike all those heavily exhaling bikers and runners along my normal dog walking route even more.
But it’s based on data visualization by a “tech company.”…