Bad reasons to hate Big Pharma
There is good reason to think that most natural remedies and alternative medicines are ineffective
It's not that no one ever looked at it or that there's a big conspiracy to prevent this from being studied
Alternative therapies are rigorously tested all the time
Here's ~ 600 clinical trials of yoga: https://trials.bgcarlisle.com/69ffd18a634ad5c9f4a7091c6b0538a9/
16 clinical trials of eucalyptus products: https://trials.bgcarlisle.com/e354f00b7dc2818b1920b85aa05ad95f/
There are reasons to hate Big Pharma
But this isn't it
Introducing: Clinical trials viewer
@Holly The three body problem.
#2 is my favourite.
@mplouffe Thanks! :)
shared conference notes site
@foureyedsoul We use arxiv for publishing drafts of manuscripts.
Some courses implement collective note-taking in which one student is responsible for one lecture. These usually need to be done in latex to accommodate equations.
But your idea is best for taking quick notes during conference presentations; you've made the tool, difficulty will be to convince my colleagues who use paper notepads, if they take notes at all! I will share the idea with them anyway. :)
@bookandswordblog This was a great read, thanks.
> The large tech companies point to our willing use of their services as proof that people don’t really care about their privacy. But this is like arguing that inmates are happy to be in jail because they use the prison library. 👍
shared conference notes site
@foureyedsoul Hey this is a nice idea. Kudos! :)
@bgcarlisle This open access PLOS One paper does a thorough analysis of academic publishing in the digital era, and the last section about their profit margins is especially good:
@bgcarlisle You'd be fun to work with. :)
What kind of problems do people (students?) come with? How do you solve them?
My new blog post
@rusty Read this. Good points. And great links to other stuff about design principles. :)
Hyped up science communication
Physics/astro researchers giving talks to a general audience be like: "We would not exist if it were not for XYZ!"
XYZ is their *very important topic of research* (is VITOR a good memetic name?) that is currently popular: neutrinos, Higgs Boson, even black holes! :)
Instead, be modest and show how your topic fits into the larger picture, in conjunction with other things that make the universe work; a focused presentation doesn't entail hype!
teaching students about metadata
@rusty May be starting with simple examples like in https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/06/why-metadata-matters will provide some context before you dive into the technical details.
Wow, Contingency Magazine has an article explaining panbabylonianism! http://contingentmagazine.org/2019/05/18/in-memoriam-panbabylonianism/ That is a movement which has been written out of the history books in English, except among Near Eastern specialists. #ancient #methodology
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