Stuff from March, 2013

This is the archive of tumbledry happenings that occurred on March, 2013.

Joy & Pain

Philosophy says you can not have good without evil. Which is to say you have no frame of reference, no true way to define “good” if you don’t have it’s opposite. Now, I haven’t the philosophical experience to discuss good’s definition in terms of evil, but I believe it is related to another universal facet of the human experience: joy’s definition in terms of pain.


Failings of the primary literature

Ben Goldacre: What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe:

Publication bias affects every field of medicine. About half of all trials, on average, go missing in action, and we know that positive findings are around twice as likely to be published as negative findings.


People With Guns Kill People

Congressional gun control legislation is falling apart:

I can’t stand that this is what America is; that we trade our children’s lives for the opportunity to purchase items specifically invented for killing. I can’t stand it. It’s pathetic and embarrassing and barbaric.

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