Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Power of Conventional Narrative: The Atlantic makes a strange error in an article on parenting and social mobility

Once again demonstrating that entrenched narratives on parenting can blot-out contradictory data, The Atlantic just ran one of those general-interest-publication-reviews-a-scientific-study articles, this time on social mobility generally, and (in passing) on parenting. It’s a well-written piece, but the author of … Continue reading

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In Praise of Fast-Moving Zombies

The trend toward fast-moving zombies in film has drawn the ire of many zombie movie fans. They prefer the slow, lumbering zombies from the original George Romero movies.* But if one is concerned with plausibility – if you find there … Continue reading

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Is Nicotine addictive?

Well, of course, right? From the National Institue on Drug Abuse: Is Nicotine Addictive? Yes. Most smokers use tobacco regularly because they are addicted to nicotine. Addiction is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and abuse, even in the face of negative … Continue reading

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Did Dock Ellis Really Throw a No Hitter While Tripping on LSD?

Probably not. No doubt, Dock Ellis was a wild-man and a heavy-partier. And according to Ellis’ own account, he took LSD on Thursday, June 11, 1970, and then half of a hit of acid again mid-morning on Friday, June 12, 1970 (the … Continue reading

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Where do Mexicans come from?

What I mean is – when you look at the Mexicans who emigrate to the United States, which Mexican states did they originally come from? The background here is that my family was recently in Merida (in the Mexican state … Continue reading

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More trouble with citations over at Salon.com

Mentioned earlier that Salon has some problems with fact-checking, especially checking the citations in factual pieces to ensure that the hyperlinked sources actually support what the authors claims. To be clear: I am not making a claim here that the … Continue reading

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