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The Germ of Laziness

That happens to be the title of a pretty interesting book about hookworm in the US.  The book was fine, but the story is better. Hookworms are parasitic nematodes that take up residence in the small intestine and drink your … Continue reading

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The Experts

It seems to me that not all people called experts actually are.  In fact, there are whole fields in which none of the experts are experts. But let’s try to define terms. You might say that an expert is someone … Continue reading

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The Advent of Cholera

Most of this is stolen from William MacNeill’s Plagues and Peoples. Cholera seems to have existed in the Ganges delta for a long time, but it only spread to the rest of the world fairly recently.  An unusually severe epidemic … Continue reading

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The Coming Plague

Laurie Garret has an article out in the Washington Post.  She say that there’s no point in trying to block the spread of Ebola by travel bans. The problem is, she’s full of crap.  Look, there are two possible scenarios.  … Continue reading

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Draft of paper about Amish

Mike Weight and I have a draft of a manuscript about responses to personality tests by Amish and non-Amish young men from the same county in Indiana. We have mentioned this material before on the blog. The paper is getting … Continue reading

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The Road Not Taken

A lot of people are bothered by the idea of biological determinism – the idea that given the genetic hand they’ve been dealt, and the environment they experienced, their path in life was essentially inevitable.  When you consider the fates … Continue reading

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Disaster in the South Pacific

The 1918 influenza pandemic hit every country on Earth – well, almost every country. It missed American Samoa entirely, which is interesting.  It’s even more interesting when you notice that it hit the neighboring islands of West Samoa harder than … Continue reading

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