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Archives for September, 2008

The evidentiary landscape regarding antidepressant efficacy seems to grow ever more slippery. Now comes a study, drawn to my attention by the busy-eyed Philip Dawdy at Furious Seasons, that finds that the beneficial effects of placebo treatment of depression last longer than generally thought. As the study’s authors note, “The assumption that the placebo response…

Very Short List and Cognitive Surplus

A couple months ago I became a subscriber to Very Short List, an email list that sends you just ONE web link a day, 5 days a week, as a way of clueing you in to something that is both good and overlooked: Might be a movie, a web site, a blog, a book. I’ve…

GIN, TELEVISION, and COGNITIVE SURPLUS

Hi Readers. Wanted to clue you in to a couple web pleasures. One is Edge: GIN, TELEVISION, AND COGNITIVE SURPLUS A Talk By Clay Shirky, in which Shirky talks about how society’s “cognitive surplus” — the time and brain power contained in the free time created by the Industrial Revolution and the 40-hour work week…

More questions on cell phone/DNA data

You want mail, write about cell phones and DNA. Earlier today, when I posted a heads-up to a Science story about questions raised about data-tampering in what Science called “The only two peer-reviewed scientific papers” showing strong links between cell phone use and DNA mutations, I noted I was surprised at the lack of press…

Roy Oswalt, bringing it. Some good hits from the last week or so (but not too many off Roy): SCIENTIFIC MISCONDUCT: Fraud Charges Cast Doubt on Claims of DNA Damage From Cell Phone Fields — Vogel 321 (5893): 1144a — Science  As shocking a story as the title suggests. Oops, update: As that story is…

Alex Ross, the New Yorker’s wonderful music critic, on the strange and amusing history of how the classical music concert assumed its present form — which, as he notes, often seems to constrain rather than unleash the music.