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Archives for December, 2009

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Rachel Maddow Totally Loses It

Rush Limbaugh Loses it all the time. Glen Beck loses it all the time. In the left, Kieth Olbermann loses it about one a week. Chris Matthews is constantly on the verge of losing it. That guy from Court TV lost it too often and he lost his show. Now, Rachel Maddow loses it. And,…

Where did I put my Ginkgo Pills?

Ginkgo biloba has failed — again — to live up to its reputation for boosting memory and brain function. Just over a year after a study showed that the herb doesn’t prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, a new study from the same team of researchers has found no evidence that ginkgo reduces the normal cognitive…

Avatar as a racist trope

HP asked me to look at a couple of posts discussing Avatar. I did.

Am I a bad person for having uncharitable thoughts?

Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: Review

The new Sherlock Holmes movie is, of course, a must see for Holmes buffs, and beyond that … for regular movie goers … it is still recommended. The movie is a high-test, quirky, action packed, funny cliff hanger. Having said that, Holmes aficionados will probably get more out of this movie than those who have…

Things science bloggers should know

1: Men have 3 pts more IQ than women, explaining the gender pattern in professional employment that we see. Seriously. I guess we don’t need any more STEM related blogging. 2: Jason is stirring up trouble again. Regarding science and religion. 3: What is the consensus on scientific consensus?

Avatar, The Movie, Reviewed

Short form: Good movie. I think the following review does not have any significant plot spoilers.

This is Chart 1 from Race, Evolutoin and Behavior by J. Philippe Rushton, originally published in the Unabridged Edition of same.

Why Human Brains Vary

Many people assume human brains vary genetically and genetic variation maps to races. But the races are not real and genetic variation can’t explain brain differences. Because, dear reader, brains don’t work that way. Let’s look just at the brain part of this problem.