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In Praise of Extreme Medicine
In response to an article talking about the lessons learned from unauthorized poop transplants - "I suspect that many of the so-called treatments are crazy but people do a lot of crazy things. It’s odd that we allow some crazy things and ban others—even more that the crazy things we allow are sometimes socially useless while the crazy things that we ban are sometimes socially valuable. The case for banning extreme sports, for example, is much stronger than the case for banning extreme medicine."
Dehumanization increases instrumental violence, but not moral violence
"ascribing reduced capacities for cognitive, experiential, and emotional states to victims predicted support for practices where victims are harmed to achieve instrumental goals, including sweatshop labor, animal experimentation, and drone strikes that result in civilian casualties, but not practices where harm is perceived as morally righteous, including capital punishment, killing in war, and drone strikes that kill terrorists."
A laboratory study of "everyday sadism"
"To the researchers’ surprise, the high scorers on sadism actually reported less pleasure after the killing than the non-sadists. Closer examination provided some explanation. Sadists reported lower pleasure across all the challenges, not just the killing. And those sadists that did the killing reported more pleasure than those who didn’t. “Sadists may use cruelty to compensate for a low baseline level of positive emotion,” the researchers said."

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand ...

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. They're either speaking or preparing to speak. They're filtering everything through their own paradigms, reading their autobiography into other people's lives. - Stephen Covey

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Psychology's diversity problem
On participants in developmental psychology studies: "Countries in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Israel contain around 85 per cent of the world's population, yet contributed less than three per cent of participants."
The Curious Case of Poverty and Crime
"at least since 1959, there an inverse correlation between poverty and homicide in the US. Homicide goes up when poverty decreases. Statically significant and everything. Well, that's awkward."
Infant Mortality and the Repeal of Federal Prohibition
"dry counties with at least one wet neighbor saw baseline infant mortality increase by roughly 3% while wet counties themselves saw baseline infant mortality increase by roughly 2%. Cumulating across the six years from 1934 to 1939, our results indicate an excess of 13,665 infant deaths that could be attributable to the repeal of federal prohibition in 1933."
This Clever Table Absorbs Heat To Keep Rooms Cool (And Then Heats Them Up)
Passive temperature control technologies sound really interesting. See also How to keep cool without costing the Earth which looks at a different approach to passive cooling.

Stargate Origins

I guess it shouldn't be too surprising that they're putting together a Stargate spinoff. Will I watch it? Probably at least one episode but I'm fairly skeptical about the long-term prospects here:


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