Respectful Insolence

Archives for July 31, 2007

Since this seems to be the day for applying Respectful Insolenceā„¢ to people who say stupid things about me… Everyone knows that Dean Esmay and I don’t exactly see eye to eye on a lot of things. Indeed, it could be safely said that Dean has nothing but contempt for me. It doesn’t bother me.…

Cannabis and schizophrenia?

I was going to write about a recent study that purports to claim that smoking pot causes schizophrenia that’s been making the rounds lately. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you see it), this week’s host of the Skeptics’ Circle, Mark Hoofnagle, beat me to it. Can you say, “Correlation does not necessarily equal causation”?…

A couple of weeks ago, inspired by a somewhat drunken encounter two weeks prior, against my better judgment, I waded into the evidence supporting the contention that secondhand smoke is harmful to health, increasing the risk of heart disease and lung cancer in workers chronically exposed to it. In response to a list of quotes…