Assorted Links

  • Interview with Royce White, the basketball player. I agree with him that addictions should be considered mental disorders. I think they are usually self-medication for a mood disorder, such as depression. His view that more than half of Americans have a mental disorder is consistent with my view that you need to see faces in the morning to have your mood control system work properly. Hardly anyone sees enough faces in the morning.
  • Racial quotas at Harvard by Ron Unz. “Top officials at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton today strenuously deny the existence of Asian-American quotas, but their predecessors had similarly denied the existence of Jewish quotas in the 1920s, now universally acknowledged to have existed.”
  • Traditional Filipino fermented foods (scientific paper)
  • Omega-6 supplementation (with concurrent decrease in saturated fat) increases heart disease
  • How not to globalize Korean food. For one thing, don’t assume all foreigners are alike.

Thanks to dearime.

5 Responses to “Assorted Links”

  1. dearieme Says:

    Golly!
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/science/testing-of-some-deadly-diseases-on-mice-mislead-report-says.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

    Seth: Thanks. I have already written a post about it, which will appear in a week or so (backlog).

  2. Darrin Thompson Says:

    On seeing faces, I get up every morning and my wife and I get our pile of kids off to school. I forget, but, doesn’t that count as seeing faces? Isn’t that very common?

    Seth: If you have 30 minutes of face-to-face conversation, that should have an effect.

  3. Rashad Says:

    Apparently the Unz article is based on some uneven statistical sources which makes the Jewish over-representation a bit of an exaggeration.

    http://andrewgelman.com/2013/02/that-claim-that-harvard-admissions-discriminate-in-favor-of-jews-after-checking-the-statistics-maybe-not/

  4. Rashad Says:

    Oh, oops, wrong Unz article. That one could be fine.

  5. Nancy Lebovitz Says:

    Speaking of mice being different from people:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_weller_could_the_sun_be_good_for_your_heart.html

    People who live in places with more sunlight seem to be much less likely
    to have heart attacks. (Studies mentioned are within Great Britain and
    Britain vs. Australia.)

    Subjects were exposed to UVA, which doesn’t produce Vitamin D.
    Nonetheless, they produce more nitric oxide, and their blood pressure went
    down a little.

    It turns out that people (mice don’t, which made studying the phenomenon more difficult) have stores of precursors of nitric oxide
    precursors in their skin, and sunlight activates them. A moderate amount
    of UVA exposure is enough to lower blood pressure enough to affect heart
    attack rates. (Note number of other factors which might be left out!) The
    effect is stronger in older people.

    The NO precusors may come from diet– specifically vegetables.

    He finishes by saying that as a dermatologist, he tells people to stay out
    of the sun, but he actually thinks there should be more work on a
    risk/benefit analysis for sunlight considering that heart attacks are a
    hundred times more common than skin cancer.

    Anyway, the reason I found this especially interesting is that it seems to
    me that depression corelates with grayish-looking skin, and depression is
    considered an independent risk factor for heart attacks. So there might be
    something in there about how much blood gets to the skin. (I’ve also seen
    people stably lose that greyishness, I think there’s an emotional
    component.)