Links 5/10/13

Links for you. Science:

The Nocebo Effect: Media Reports May Trigger Symptoms of a Disease (Western societies have their own form of witchcraft…)
Why the current over-pessimism about science is the perfect confirmation bias vehicle and we should proceed rationally
I don’t believe the paper, “Empirical estimates suggest most published medical research is true.” That is, most published medical research may well be true, but I’m not at all convinced by the analysis being used to support this claim.
One-Third of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter, Threatening Food Supply
The Science of Guns Proves Arming Untrained Citizens Is a Bad Idea

Other:

North Carolina May Force Teens To Get Notarized Parental Consent Before Getting STD Tests (amazingly, 76 percent of North Carolinian Republicans think this is a bad idea)
No Self-Respecting Woman Would Go Out Without Make Up
Internet sales taxes advance (point #3 is key)
Illusion and reality on the Freedom Trail
What the shell? Tortoise on a leash in the Back Bay
Eliz. Warren wants to cut student interest rates to near zero
How Thinking About Thinking Reduced Crime in Chicago
We are governed by outright morons
South Carolina Voters Get It
The Customer Service Problem at McDonald’s Is a Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem
Falling Further Apart: Decaying Schools in New York City’s Poorest Neighborhoods
The Medicare crystal ball
When Deficits Become a Problem
Invasive species: Turkey crashes through Brookline resident’s window, heads into bathroom

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2 Responses to Links 5/10/13

  1. Min says:

    Not to argue for guns in the home, but I was surprised to see this in the “Scientific American”:

    “As an alternative to arming women against violent men, legislation can help: data show that in states that prohibit gun ownership by men who have received a domestic violence restraining order, gun-caused homicides of intimate female partners have been reduced by 25 percent.”

    The right statistic is the decrease in homicides of intimate female partners by any means, not just homicides by the gun. Maybe bludgeonings and stranglings increased. (BTW, “gun-caused” is a curious locution. Were some of the women pistol whipped?)

  2. Gingerbaker says:

    I love how we can read an article on how the NRA has been successful mover the past couple of decades in getting congress to suppress the collection of proper data having to do with gun violence. Then we can read more articles by people on both sides of the issue agreeing that the data we have is not robust enough to draw conclusions.

    And now we have a supposedly “scientific” article suing this data which everyone agrees sucks which purports to prove something or another about the issue. By Michael Shermer, who tells us by way of an almost guilty admission that he used to keep a pistol, but saw statistics on gun ownership which convinced him to get rid of it. As if statistics – even the bad statistics most agree that we have – would provide evidence about his particular home and gun-owning experience. THIS is the guy who is going to use statistics to convince us of something??

    Sigh.

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