Introductory statistics at minimum. p-values, different significance tests, precision vs. accuracy, sampling and bias.
Basic Computer Skills
Speed and use of keyboard shortcuts to the point that a mouse is unnecessary for 70%+ of tasks
Understand filesystem, ability to navigate a unix shell. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Unix_commands
- ls, cd, pwd, tail, tee, strings, rm, patch, nohup, more, mkdir, man, ls, ln, kill, grep, find, fg, echo, du, diff, df, dd, date, cut, cp, chown, chmod, chgrp, cd, cat, bg, alias, sudo, umount
- extra credit: sed/awk, emacs/vi, curl, which, mkfs, lsblk, blkid
Any Programming Language
Pick one and learn it. Be able to implement classic algorithms.
- fibonacci, GCD, primes, sorting, summation, …
Hopefully understand the classic data structures too.
- contiguous array, linked list, tree, graph, …
Basic knowledge useful for solving common puzzles.
- Information theory
- rotation ciphers
- substitution ciphers
- Base 16
- Base 2
- JPEG artifacts and image manipulation
basic understanding of
Biology and Anthropology
Overview of Biology
AP/University intro level… must be taught by a sentient being that has engaging examples.
Human Behavioral Biology
Strengths and weaknesses of: evolutionary biology, molecular genetics, behavioral genetics, neuroscience, endocrinology (& microbiome) as they apply to human behavior.
esp. leadership structure and processes
Cambodian Genocide Khmer Rouge
Including Anti-Intellectualism and “confessions”
All of these need to include context, of course…
McCarthyism and Red Scare
Witch hunting and demagoguery.
Salem Witch Trials
speaking of witch hunts
when the government accuses you of being a traitor and executes you because it doesn’t like you
Military occupation/invasion means your city is filled with a bunch of rude, tense males that have been told that your country is evil.
Bombing of Hirojima and Nagasaki
SPECIFICALLY the reasons the president had for it, and looking at US-USSR relations.
Indian Removal Act of 1830
“A pile of American bison skulls – they were hunted almost to extinction in the 1870s. The United States Army encouraged these massive hunts to force Native Americans off their traditional lands and into reservations further west.”
Note the race tensions as a result of German and Belgian colonialism and preferential treatment of the Hutu.