126: The division of scientific labor (with Saloni Dattani)

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Episode: 126: The division of scientific labor (with Saloni Dattani)
Pub date: 2021-02-15

We have a wide-ranging chat with Saloni Dattani (Kings College London and University of Hong Kong) about the benefits of dividing scientific labor, the magazine she co-founded (Works in Progress) that shares novel ideas and stories of progress, and fighting online misinformation

Here are some links and other stuff we cover

  • Follow Saloni on Twitter:
  • Why Saloni started the Works in Progress magazine
  • [Overleaf](, for writing papers in LaTeX
  • How science will benefit from the division of labour
  • Public writing vs. scientific writing
  • Why has behavioral science not been very useful in curbing the pandemic?
  • A paper suggested a link between digit ratio (2D:4D) and sex differences in COVID fatalities, and another paper debunking this claim
  • A paper suggesting baldness is a coronavirus risk factor, without controlling for age
  • Should peer-review be abolished altogether? Paper link
  • The Japanese mathematician who solved an “impossible” conjecture and posted the papers on his website
  • Reforms are more likely by work by chipping away at smaller problems, rather trying to fix everyting
  • Google dataset search
  • The website

Other links

Music credits: [Lee Rosevere](

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Episode citation

Quintana, D.S., Heathers, J.A.J. (Hosts). (2021, February 15) “126: The division of scientific labor (with Saloni Dattani)”, Everything Hertz [Audio podcast], DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/VJA4S

Special Guest: Saloni Dattani.

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