There is a story written in ancient Chinese documents that goes something like this:
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Then it will probably veer north, spin down, and by the end of the weekend be a bit wet spot in the middle of nowhere.
But, I thought you’d enjoy a picture of this tropical storm itting rignt now closer to West Africa than any other continental region.
Well, actually, a bunch of questions, and its about fund raising.
Continue reading A question for my readers
I’m an anthropologist and a biologist, so really, I have no problem with the idea of a “placebo effect” in which people become convinced that they are being given an effective treatment and thus, because of that thought in their mind, improve.
Continue reading What is the Placebo Effect, and it it getting stronger?
The next version of the Linux Kernel will be very noticeably faster on computers with limited memory.
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A three year old study has resurfaced on the blogosphere with this recent mention on the daily atheist. The study (cited below) is here, and the older commentary is here.
Since this is still utterly relevant, I thought I’d make it the subject of a post. I don’t think there is anything in it that is not absolutely current.
Continue reading Atheists as other: The most disdained group in America?
The claim was recently made that Placebos are getting more effective. That would be like water getting less wet. It makes no sense. White Coat Underground dismantled that claim (see that post for the original claim) but I mention it here because Slashdot has now picked up the story. So lookout. Oh, Slashdot, it was dumb to pick up this story.
Slashdot’s summary, wirtten by Scuttle Monkey:
Continue reading Claim: Placebos getting more effective