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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Book Review: Seeing Like A State

I. Seeing Like A State is the book G.K. Chesterton would have written if he had gone into economic history instead of literature. Since he didn’t, James Scott had to write it a century later. The wait was worth it. … Continue reading

OT71: I Don’t Open Things

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread. There are hidden threads every few days here. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever. Also: 1. Google is saying that SSC has been hacked. Technical side has confirmed that it … Continue reading

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Links 3/17: Siteochrome P450

Greek scholar Philitas of Cos “studied false arguments and erroneous word-usage so intensely that he wasted away and starved to death”. Outgroup Threat Responses, Ingroup Bias, And Nonapeptide Involvement Are Conserved Across Vertebrates. “In particular, the evolutionarily conserved, hormone-regulated nonapeptide … Continue reading

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Open Thread 70.75

This is the twice-weekly hidden open thread. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever. Also: Google is saying this site has been hacked. My technical support people say it’s not actually anything bad, but this still might be … Continue reading

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Book Review: Behavior – The Control Of Perception

[Epistemic status: I only partly understood this book and am trying to review it anyway as best I can] I. People complain that psychology is paradigmless; it never got its Darwin or Newton to tie everything together. Nowadays people are … Continue reading

Antidepressant Pharmacogenomics: Much More Than You Wanted To Know

[Epistemic status: very uncertain. Not to be taken as medical advice. Talk to your doctor before deciding whether or not to get any tests.] I. There are many antidepressants in common use. With a few exceptions, none are globally better … Continue reading

Open Thread 70.5

This is the twice-weekly hidden open thread. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever. I’m experimenting with a policy of keeping alternating Sundays’ Open Thread (ie the X.5 thread) culture-war-free. Please avoid any discussion of race, gender, tribalism, … Continue reading

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Open Thread 70.25

This is the (late) twice-weekly hidden open thread. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever.

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