Monthly Archives: March 2016

Medicine as a pseudoscience

I’ve mentioned before that Western medicine was, on the whole, useless for more than two thousand years after Hippocrates. A malignant pseudoscience, really, worse then useless. I’ve seen some suggest that I must be wrong, that medicine can’t have been … Continue reading

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the Maxim gun

Now and then I contemplate the possible outcomes if the United States got really, really angry, say at jihadists, if they went too far and struck a nerve. Crazed fury. Jihadists seem to think that enraging the western powers is … Continue reading

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Federal University

College costs – real costs, in constant dollars – are about 2.5 times higher than they were were in 1965. And a higher fraction of those costs are dumped on the students, which means that it’s easy to graduate with … Continue reading

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Safe Spaces

Recently a fair number of college students have been complaining that various symbols and words (often false flagged) are making them feel ‘unsafe’. I am reminded of something Jim Chapin said: He felt ‘unsafe’ when a couple of 16-year old … Continue reading

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Chasing references – help!

I believe I recently saw a mention of an article about regional brain differences in Europe, but I’m having trouble locating it. Maybe I dreamed it? Also, I definitely saw an article by some utter dipshit, a professor of philosophy, … Continue reading

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Left Behind

I’m led to believe that the Singularity could happen abruptly, enough so that you might miss it if you weren’t paying attention. Two things have me wondering if it’s already happened. One, I keep seeing this ad for “Free installation … Continue reading

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Everybody’s Doin’ It

There is a new article in Science about rishathra. It seems that Neanderthals mixed with anatomically modern humans three separate times, AMH mixed once with Neanderthals, Neanderthals with Denisovans, Denisovans with something very old and also with Melanesians. There are … Continue reading

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Henry Harpending

Henry has had a serious stroke, and is hospitalized. That’s about all I can say right now.

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Medical Prehistory

What ancient medical treatments worked?

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Second Foundation

I’ve been reading a lot about the ‘replication crisis’ (low TFR?) in social psychology. Probably much, if not most, of the crap they push is.. crap. For example, there are strong indications that stereotype threat is just a dream. Who … Continue reading

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