April Fool's Edition
I've long thought the pre-diabetes thing was a bit foolish. While it is a good thing to be able to quantitate, if you don't understand what you are doing it can make you far too certain. Pre-diabetes is a lot like a risk-factor; something that is correlated with diabetes, but is in totality a poor predictor.
Neal Stephenson's review of the movie 300 is now nine years old, but I still enjoyed reading it. I liked 300 when it came out, and mostly for the same reasons Stephenson did.
A nice synopsis of the way in which not particularly devout partially assimilated children of immigrants get radicalized.
Parsing text is hazardous.
Unfortunately for this well-meaning researcher, his suggestions involve pattern recognition, which is currently disfavored.
The story is similar for gasoline. Technological progress means we do more with less.
The kind of unglamorous but well-paid job Mike Rowe likes to talk about.
This is a fantastic idea. We have raised the bar to graduate high school so far that we are penalizing people of normal intellectual ability.
This is a recurring pattern in United States history.
Frank Salter's concept of genetic interest is a philosophical concept that is muddled up with a scientific one. Unfortunately, his philosophy isn't too sharp.
Courtesy of the ever contrary Greg Cochran, a reason to doubt the placebo effect. Here is a recent blog post expanding on this idea, with further reading suggestions.