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Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Cowpox of Doubt

I remember hearing someone I know try to explain rationality to his friends. He started with “It’s important to have correct beliefs. You might think this is obvious, but think about creationists and homeopaths and people who think the moon … Continue reading

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Links For April 2014

Why did a secretive and moderately unethical giant Korean corporation purchase a big tract of land on the Canadian tundra, declare it was for an unspecified agricultural project, and then never grow any crops there? Hint: they recently bought a … Continue reading

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Going Loopy

[content warning: mild ideohazards about rumination that might make people who have anxiety disorders have anxiety disorders more effectively, in the bad sense of “effectively”] [epistemic status: more crackpottish than usual for this blog. Wild speculation.] I. If the brain … Continue reading

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Dermatology Quiz: Answers

The first statement on yesterday’s quiz was true. Because Americans sit on the left side of the car when they drive, if they drive a lot they get more UV light to the left of their faces than the right. … Continue reading

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Dermatology Pop Quiz

My dermatology lecture this morning presents: one of those Two Truths and a Lie games. You choose which two you think are true and – special house rule – give explanations for why. The explanations do not require specialized medical … Continue reading

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Housekeeping Post April 2014

1. I am on an inpatient medicine rotation for the next two months, which means I will be working about twice as hard as normal. The last time I was on one of these, I managed about a blog post … Continue reading

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The Study of Anglophysics

I. Dear Dr. McCord: Seven years ago, our research staff read with interest your work on Berkeleyan idealism. We were particularly fascinated by your seemingly outrageous claim that it might be possible for individuals to imagine mental worlds so strongly … Continue reading

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