Assorted Links

  • The promise of Bitcoin (the platform). “Bitcoin encapsulates four fundamental technologies . . . “
  • Bacteria and our behavior
  • Alternate-day fasting by normal-weight subjects.  ”These findings suggest that ADF is effective for weight loss and cardio-protection in normal weight and overweight adults.” The experiment lasted 12 weeks.
  • Small interesting psychology experiments. “Whenever I go to a conference, I hate to wear those silly stickers that say “HELLO!  MY NAME IS.” I just write “SATAN” in the blank space.”
  • Pomona College dean of students sneers at a more reality-based college. She said: “Discovery, empathy, adaptability is goal of broad-based education, prepares students for life, learning & jobs known & unknown.” As the author, John Tierney, says, “What makes some people at liberal-arts colleges so dismissive of, and condescending toward, institutions that actually train people for careers?” I encountered a similar attitude at Berkeley. At a faculty meeting, I praised someone’s research. Another professor complained that the research was “applied”.

Thanks to Donna Warnock.

5 Responses to “Assorted Links”

  1. Alex Chernavsky Says:

    Speaking of micro-organisms:

    Can common cat parasites cause human schizophrenia?

  2. dearieme Says:

    Even more important, Alex, can it happen the other way around?

  3. Nancy Lebovitz Says:

    Not an experiment, but an observational study– during those long boring high school classes, I kept track of whether students had their hands near their heads, and it seemed to corelate with when the teacher was less interesting.

  4. Seth Roberts Says:

    “during those long boring high school classes, I kept track of whether students had their hands near their heads, and it seemed to correlate with when the teacher was less interesting.”

    that’s very interesting. certainly people have a weak desire to touch their face near their mouth. Maybe it’s like a weak sound that we don’t usually notice.

  5. Nancy Lebovitz Says:

    The hands near head included touching face, head on hand, fiddling with hair….

    Please view the conclusion as provisional. It’s not as though I was double-blinding anything.