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TedX Maastricht BrainTrain





I participated in the TedX-Maastricht BrainTrain event: a talk on
OddSpot in the Amsterdam-Maastricht train “in a Ted-talk kind of way”. Well ...

Sort of a surreal experience, including a line-up of speakers ranging from serious to sort of strange, and as usual I managed to look totally weird on the pictures taken (I hope). Because Powerpoint slides could not be used, I put some slides on two t-shirts, which seemed to work out quite well:


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PS I finished the talk with Paul Meehl’s famous quote, but changed a couple of words along the way. Below - for completeness sake - what I said and the original quote:

what I said:
There is no controversy in social science [that] shows such a large body of qualitatively diverse studies coming out so uniformly in the same direction as [the comparison between human experts and formal models]. When you [have tested] everything from the outcomes of football games to the diagnosis of liver disease and when you can hardly come up with a half dozen studies showing even a weak tendency in favor of the [expert], it is time to draw a practical conclusion.

the original (quite close):
There is no controversy in social science which shows such a large body of qualitatively diverse studies coming out so uniformly in the same direction as this one. When you are pushing [scores of] investigations [140 in 1991], predicting everything from the outcomes of football games to the diagnosis of liver disease and when you can hardly come up with a half dozen studies showing even a weak ten- dency in favor of the clinician, it is time to draw a practical conclusion.