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Comment Bias (Score 1) 579

Wikipedia actively tries to avoid bias, including systemic bias. If the majority of the contributors are from certain countries, professions, social classes, genders, ideologies, religions, then it is probably that even unconsciously some subjects are covered with a bias or undercovered.
As an example, it could be very possible that a certain bar in Oxford has a very good article because several editors are patrons, but whole regions of Africa could be scarcely covered because no Wikipedia editor lives there.

Comment Space stations for peace (Score 1) 272

I remember an article (by Carl Sagan?) that argued that, even if a US-Soviet space station or mission to Mars were not justifiable from a scientific point of view, they worked as an example that peaceful collaboration among the superpowers was possible.
If both countries can't coordinate on keeping human presence in orbit, that's sad.

Comment Double Standards (Score 1) 359

The summary reminds me of JFK and of this indirectly related article The Double Standard That Lets Elites Survive Even Catastrophic Failures:

To be taken seriously, those who critique the powerful must be flawless, whereas society forgives the most egregious errors in judgment of the elites themselves.

Comment The Spanish model (Score 1) 518

Meanwhile, you could study the Spanish National Transplant Organization that achieves the highest rate of transplants/inhabitants in the world. Its model requires:

  • Universal health insurance coverage
  • Money (not a lot, actually)
  • A high rate of doctors/inhabitants
  • Nurses/ICU bed
  • Mechanical ventilation for ICU beds
  • The right demographic pyramid

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal