"Talks a good game about freedom when out of power, but once he’s in – bam! Everyone's enslaved in the human-flourishing mines."

Monthly Archives: November 2015

College And Critical Thinking

[epistemic status: My bias is against the current college system doing much good. I have tried not to be bogged down by this bias, but take it into account when reading my interpretations below.] [EDIT: An earlier version of this … Continue reading

Links 11/15: Linksgiving

Owl species of the week: the Powerful Owl. You may have heard the theory that the famous God-reaching-toward-Adam picture in the Sistine Chapel actually encodes an anatomically correct image of the human brain. But did you know that another Sistine … Continue reading

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OT35: Boston Comment

This is my attempt to get away without writing posts because I’m still on vacation the weekly open thread. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever. Also: 1. The subreddit is still around and will host parallel open … Continue reading

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Reporter Degrees Of Freedom

I. A sample of Thursday’s talk at Yale: These are four headlines describing the same study, Milkie, Nomaguchi and Denny (2015). The study found that of twenty or so outcomes, only three of them – all measuring delinquent behavior among … Continue reading

SSC New England Meetup And Presentations Schedule

1. Tonight (11/19) I’ll be speaking at Yale on the subject of “How To Ruin A Perfectly Good Randomized Controlled Trial” and other aspects of interpreting scientific evidence. Probably. I’m currently stuck in New Jersey due to airplane mishaps, but … Continue reading

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Hardball Questions For The Next Debate

Dr. Carson: One of your most important achievements as a neurosurgeon was inventing the functional hemispherectomy, a treatment for epilepsy in which the epileptic hemisphere of the brain is severed from the healthy hemisphere and the body, allowing the healthy … Continue reading

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OT34: Subthreaddit

This is not the weekly open thread. There have been a lot of complaints about open threads becoming unwieldy and a lot of requests for a more continuous and fluid system that could handle them. That system is the subreddit, … Continue reading

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Links 11/15: Alinkxander Hamilton

Probably demonstrates something about psychology: I had no idea until this week that I had two very different mental images stored of the White House: they turn out to be its north vs. south facades. Did everyone else already realize … Continue reading

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2D:4D Ratio And Psychological Traits: Results From The LW/SSC Survey Sample

Introduction 2D:4D ratio is the length of someone’s index finger divided by the length of their ring finger on the same hand. It seems to correlate with some kind of prenatal hormone exposure, which makes it a unique way to … Continue reading

Looking A Gift Horse In The Mouth

I started criticizing social justice back in 2010, which doesn’t sound so impressive until you realize that’s two centuries ago in Internet Years. At the time, you rarely heard such criticism outside of wingnutty lesbianism-causes-witchcraft circles. It felt bizarre, transgressive, … Continue reading