Seen on Twitter with the commentary “Darwin beats Marx every time”.From Rationalist Tumblr: those claims that medical error is the third-leading cause of death, kills 200,000 people every year, etc? And most people interpret it as ‘number of stupid mistakes by doctors’ when it really means more like “the number of bad health outcomes that could be prevented with perfect god-like-omniscient understanding of all patents’ health situation”.It also costs health systems billions of dollars per year.
Freddie de Boer: Bernie Sanders Is A Socialist In Name Only.
I really like this piece, and I was going to write it if nobody else did.
“As of March 2017, we find that Sci-Hub’s database contains 68.9% of all 81.6 million scholarly articles, which rises to 85.2% for those published in closed access journals…estimate that over a six-month period in 2015–2016, Sci-Hub provided access for 99.3% of valid incoming requests.
Hence, the scope of this resource suggests the subscription publishing model is becoming unsustainable.” The Intercept: US Lawmakers Seek To Criminally Outlaw Support For Boycott Campaign Against Israel vs.
72 top researchers and statisticians (SSC readers might recognize Ioannidis, Wagenmakers, Nyhan, & Vazire) sign their names to a paper recommending the threshold for statistical significance be raised from p = 0.05 to p = 0.005 to decrease false positives and improve replicability.
Some pushback from other statisticians involved in the replicability movement including Timothy Bates and (preemptively) Daniel Lakens.
Volokh Conspiracy: Israel Anti-Boycott Does Not Violate Free Speech.
Some people on Rationalist Tumblr explained this to me: the bill says that Americans can’t join foreign anti-Israel boycotts, but doesn’t prevent them from starting their own, including ones that are exactly like the foreign ones and can’t be distinguished from them in any way.
The bill’s proponents say that the only thing it does is prevent foreign countries from demanding American companies boycott Israel as a precondition to doing business there.
I think the opposing argument is mostly that laws often get overapplied, and this one seems more overapplicable than most.
One answer, broadly, is waste — some of it buried in practices that the medical establishment and the rest of us take for granted.