Monthly Archives: September 2017

Experimental Psychologist wanted

I mentioned this a few years ago: there is reason to suspect that just as an increased pressures of nitrogen has a narcotic effect, a zero-nitrogen breathing mixture [ presumably heliox] might leave you abnormally sober. On oxygen, I’ve felt … Continue reading

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Dweck as in Wreck

Carol Dweck has won a juicy prize for work on ‘growth mindset’ – the notion that belief that your intelligence is a fixed trait cripples you, while a ‘growth mindset’ allows progress. Her studies do not replicate, of course, because … Continue reading

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NYT: For all its flaws, the Communist revolution taught Chinese women to dream big

like “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”

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Ancient British Diversity

Some archaeologists apparently think that there was a lot of diversity in Roman Britain, which means black people. There’s zero hard evidence of a single one. Which doesn’t prove that some Nubian with a serious case of wanderlust didn’t end … Continue reading

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Finding the Source

The sickle-cell mutation, HbS, is found on five main haploptypes, and for a long time there has been argument as to whether this mutation originated once, or multiple times. A new paper indicates this it happened only once, in Africa, … Continue reading

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Guns, Germs, and Steel revisited

Jared Diamond’s thesis, in Guns, Germs, and Steel, is that regional differences in civilizational achievement are entirely caused by biogeographical factors, while regional differences in ability have had no effect. It isn’t that he believes that there are no such … Continue reading

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