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Eclectic Lip: The witless wisdom of Shai Agassi

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LinkedIn has an “opinion leader” piece from Shai Agassi, founder of bankrupt car-battery-switcher Better Place, telling carmakers how they need to respond to Tesla’s success. Who better to give them advice than a guy who raised $850 million for an ignorant, impractical, impossible business model, then drove . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The witless wisdom of Shai Agassi

Eclectic Lip: The biology of phishing

Some nefarious group recently made a phishing attempt against me, trying to lure me into providing bank account information in response to an Official Looking email.

Presumably, the combination of spam filters and alert consumers means phishing has a very, very low success rate. Fortunately for criminals, email has virtually no incremental cost: you can . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The biology of phishing

DeSmogBlog: How Do We Explain Scientifically Literate But Anti-Science Conservatives? Paging Drs. Dunning and Kruger

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As regular readers of this blog know, I have spent a lot of time discussing what we call the “smart idiot” effect: Political conservatives who know more about science—or, have a higher level of education—tend to be more in denial of science or facts in contested areas, like global warming, than . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: How Do We Explain Scientifically Literate But Anti-Science Conservatives? Paging Drs. Dunning and Kruger