Are We ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death”?

Two classic books, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell, the first published in 1932 and the second published in1949, offered dark visions of modern society. Orwell's prediction, published at the start of the Cold War and emergence of the totalitarian threat posed by Soviet Russia, initially seemed far more real and far more... Continue Reading →

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Verbal Or Online Insults in UAE Can Get You Fined Or Imprisoned

A man who insulted a woman on a news website has been ordered to pay a Dh10,000 fine, The National reports. This follows an earlier case in which a man who sent a text message accusing another man, his wife and entire family of lying was convicted of verbal assault on the honour and prestige... Continue Reading →

Different Standards for Copyright of Online and Printed Material Spark Global Debate

If a publisher reprints an article in a book without the author's permission and without compensation, that is, legally, a copyright violation. But if a publisher links to the same article online, that is considered fair use, and indeed, the publisher is thought to be doing the author a favor, by giving his material more... Continue Reading →

How to Avoid Bias in Research

Uri Bar-Joseph identifies five major pitfalls in research and analysis: confirmation bias; irrelevancy and distraction; causation vs. correlation; determining statistical significance; action vs. intent. He mentions other pitfalls as well. Click for details. 

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