Science, Six Sigma, Behavior, Karl Kapp, & Facebook

The Really Hard Science - Scientific American
Between technical and popular science writing is what I call "integrative science," a process that blends data, theory and narrative. Without all three of these metaphorical legs, the seat on which the enterprise of science rests would collapse.

Most Science Studies Appear to Be Tainted By Sloppy Analysis -The Wall Street Journal
Statistically speaking, science suffers from an excess of significance. Overeager researchers often tinker too much with the statistical variables of their analysis to coax any meaningful insight from their data sets.

The Death of Six Sigma? Overview of the Enterprise Process Performance Improvement Model - Pursing Performance Blog
Just as TQM - Total Quality Management zealots saw the demise of their star in the 1990s, Six Sigma may be loosing some its advocates. It is too bad because both had something of real value to offer.

Human behavior linked to spontaneous brain activity - ars technnica
Spontaneous brain activity is more than simply a physiological artifact; it helps account for some of the variability in human behavior. In that sense, they argue for a greater acceptance of the view that our brain may have some intrinsic activity that's somewhat independent of sensory input.

FIVE QUESTIONS. . . For Karl M. Kapp - eLearn Magazine
Karl M. Kapp, of Bloomsburg University, is well-known for his applied work in the area of learning strategies and technologies. His latest book is titled Gadgets, Games, and Gizmos for Learning: Tools and Techniques for Transferring Know-How from Boomers to Gamers.

For U.S. workers, anxious times - CSM
While most economists believe that freer trade has been very positive for the US and world economies, concern about workers left behind has been growing. Even some of the strongest proponents of free trade are calling for more programs to help workers adjust to the pressure of a global job market - if only to prevent a protectionist backlash that might hurt the economy.

The Fakebook Generation - The New York Times
Facebook purports to be a place for human connectivity, but it's made us more wary of real human confrontation. When I was in college, people always warned against the dangers of "Facebook stalking" at a library computer - the person whose profile you're perusing might be right behind you. Dwelling online is a cowardly and utterly enjoyable alternative to real interaction.

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