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Long-term ignoring

This article describes an interesting thing that apparently happens in scholarly scientific writing: “a certain sustained, long-term publication strategy, apparently deliberately carried out (although motivations can be hard to pin down), that results in a stupefying, and in my view dangerous, paper-pile of scientific bullshit. It can be hard to detect, at first, with an…

Elitist smugness

I wouldn’t be sharing this Vox article (“Smug American Liberalism“) but for this painfully thought-provoking nugget: Elites, real elites, might recognize one another by their superior knowledge. The smug recognize one another by their mutual knowing. Knowing, for example, that the Founding Fathers were all secular deists. Knowing that you’re actually, like, 30 times more likely to…

Upstairs downstairs

This morning I was walking down the stairs when I walked past a man from my building who was coughing and wheezing and generally having a terrible time with his lungs. The man looked up at me and said he had wrecked his lungs with all the smoking over the years, and now he couldn’t take…