Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Twelve twitter feeds worth following?

Having spent a long time doing my best to ignore Twitter, I recently decided to take the plunge and start following some feeds.  Below is a list of the ones I have found interesting, so far (in no particular order).

Tim Harford - this is the one that got me on Twitter in the first place.  He mentioned his Twitter feed in one of his books.  It's good for getting an evidence-based understanding of the news.

David Spiegelhalter - great statistician.  Does a lot of good work communicating statistics / risk to everyone.  Pretty funny as well.  Look up micromorts to get a flavour of what he does, http://understandinguncertainty.org/micromorts.

Tom Whipple - science journalist at The Times.  Also pretty funny.

Evan Davis - has down quite a wide range of news-related things for the BBC (Today programme, Newsnight).  Some similarities with Tim Harford in that he is an economist who understands numbers and how to interpret them.  I quite enjoyed his General Election Leader Interviews recently and his 'Mind the Gap' documentary last year.

Tim Montgomerie - writes for The Times.  If anyone can persuade you that it is possible to care for the poor and be conservative (politically), it's probably him.

Tim Keller - Christian author and pastor in New York.  Has written a lot of persuasive books contrasting the Christian worldview with the secular worldview.  I have got more out of his books than his tweets, but he does have quite a pithy way of summing things up which works well on Twitter.

Stat Fact - a good feed for little statistics tips and links.  Quite wide-ranging, not just about the theory of statistics.

Oxford Mindfulness - this feed is for a research group that has developed mindfulness practices and measured their effects in a scientific way.  The feed sometimes has links to radio or TV that is related to their work.

Pizza Artisan Oxford - another Oxford-based feed, but sadly for something that can only be enjoyed in Oxford...

Nature News&Comment - good for getting an idea of what is going on in the top tier of science.

edX - I have enjoyed doing some courses on edX and coursera.  It's great how accessible these courses are, and how many of them there are.  I have looked at Ancient Greek Heros, Statistical Analysis of fMRI data, and Learning how to Learn.

Gresham College - lots of public lectures from academics on an eclectic range of topics.