Useful, maybe

  • A handout with some nuts-and-bolts advice on writing, which I use in a lecture in our "Research Skills" course for PhD students.
  • The transcript of a talk on permutation tests, with slide images, that I did for a mixed group of mostly dental researchers, so it should be quite accessible. (I hope I didn't say anything too stupid, if Phillip Good happens to read this.)
  • A one-page summary of sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive valule, which I find helpful given my defective memory.


  • John L. Adams's philosophy of statistical modeling in one slide containing a 3-bubble flow chart and 9 words total. This is tacked to the wall outside my office door.
  • Richard Feynman's "Cargo Cult Science". This is the 1974 CalTech commencement address, a slightly adapted version of which was the last chapter in Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
  • Martin A. Schwartz on "The importance of stupidity in scientific research", from the Journal of Cell Science (and he's serious).
  • David Foster Wallace on "the intellectualization and aestheticizing of principles and values", which "is one of the things that's gutted our generation".