Assorted Links

Thanks to Sean Curley and Alex Chernavsky.

6 Responses to “Assorted Links”

  1. dearieme Says:

    Long ago I worked at a university with a famously good medical school. I asked what sorts of dexterity tests were applied to the candidates for admission. “None.”

    I suppose that the ancient test of tossing ‘em a cricket ball and seeing if they could catch it was viewed as infra dig.

    Seth: This reminds me of when I asked a Berkeley professor of epidemiology about his upcoming introduction to epidemiology class. “Do you cover what causes immune function to get better or worse?” No, he said.

  2. Nancy Lebovitz Says:

    Catching a cricket ball may or may not be relevant– as far as I can tell, there are many kinds of dexterity.

    I became a good calligrapher rather easily, but throwing and catching are my strong points.

  3. Greg Says:

    The Japanese pickle microbe study was conducted by a food company with a probiotics business. Yet somehow the authors declare “no competing financial interests.”

  4. Zach H Says:

    Seth, have you seen this article?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/business/the-co-villains-behind-obesitys-rise.html?src=me&ref=general

    Have you considered the possibility that the Shangri-La diet works by modifying gut flora?

    Seth: No. the appetite reduction is very fast, too fast to involve modification of gut flora.

  5. Seth Roberts Says:

    “The Japanese pickle microbe study was conducted by a food company with a probiotics business. Yet somehow the authors declare “no competing financial interests.””

    good point.

  6. Nancy Lebovitz Says:

    Typo: I meant to say that throwing and catching are NOT my strong points.