Volcanoes of the world

This nifty volcano map is based on a dataset of 10,734 known volcanic eruptions from 1,562 individual volcanoes, going back in time 12,000 years, and was prepared by James R. A. Davenport, a PhD candidate in Astronomy at the University of Washington. Check out his excellent website “If we assume.”

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A solution to Newcomb’s problem

Although “it’s not entirely clear that [Newcomb’s paradox] is well-posed” (see video at 8:11), Professor NJ Wildberger presents an elegant mathematical solution to this probabilistic problem in the video above.

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Is this art or a wasteful prank? Hat tip to Weikardzaena (via reddit) for the pic.

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Broken y-axis controversy

Read more about this little statistical controversy here.

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The evolution of Fidel

No elections, no problem! Props to Alberto de la Cruz via babalu for the cartoon. Hacia la victoria viejez siempre!

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Agricultural map of Cuba (circa 1949)

Click on the map for a larger version. Hat tip to BrotherSeamus!

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“Visualizing Probabilistic Proof”


Our latest theoretical paper (“Visualizing Probabilistic Proof” — click on the image above to see our abstract) has just been published in volume 7 of the Wash U Jurisprudence Review, along with an interesting Note by Krista C. McCormack titled “Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: The Benefits of Aristotelian Rhetoric in the Courtroom.” (We can’t find an ungated copy of her paper, but as soon as we do, we will post a link to her thoughtful paper.) Ms McCormack, who helped us edit our proof paper, is a 3L at Wash U Law School. We wish her well!

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