Pure Pedantry

Archives for December, 2007

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Gregory had this to say about the post on why you sometimes feel like you are falling when you are going to sleep: there is a spiritual explanation for this, it is the moment when awareness stops identifying with the physical mind/body, and falls into the subtle body, on its way to complete disassociation with…

I mentioned in an earlier post on Ron Paul that one of the policies he advocates that I do support is a return gold standard. I used to think this for two reasons — both moral rather than economic principles, but after reading a post by Megan McArdle I changed my mind.

Jesse Walker at Hit and Run had this to say about anti-immigrant activist Tom Tancredo dropping out of the GOP Presidential race: Tom Tancredo has dropped out of the presidential race. He will be replaced by Montezuma Aztlan Calderon, an undocumented worker from Oaxaca who will denounce the Brown Peril for just $3 an hour…

.5%. Woohoo! High fives all around! It is going to be another year of suck for NIH spending. The omnibus spending bill that has been passed by the House and Senate and is expected to be ratified by the President has the following in the matter of NIH funding: The National Institutes of Health (NIH)…

Ron Paul doesn’t believe in evolution

Ron Paul just lost my vote (not that he really had it before). See the video below the fold (the question is at about 2:40):

Elsewhere on the Interweb (12/19/07)

Encephalon 38 is up at Not Exactly Rocket Science. Highly Allochthonous discusses an issue I had never heard of before: geovandalism or the destruction of geological samples that could be used in research. There are clearly trade-offs involved here: you don’t want to completely shut off valuable avenues of research by preventing any sampling of…

Features and Attention Are Coded in V1

Vision is the process by which the brain converts the light stimuli into a mental world filled with abstract visual objects. If you stop to think about it, this is an incredible feat. There is nothing in the photons coming from two neighboring sections of an object that implies that they should go together; rather…

Word of the Year: w00t

Lame. w00t is the word of the year. Pssh. I can come up with so many better words that w00t. How about Pecksniffian? Sesquipedalian? Casuistry? All those are way better. Just try using Pecksniffian at the bar, and see how many high fives you get. A bunch, that’s how many. Hat-tip: Andrew Sullivan

Nerd sniping: sadly I am susceptible

Sadly we are all susceptible. I spent like thirty minutes trying to ponder the answer to the question in this cartoon. Thanks xkcd. (Click to enlarge.) This is a real issue for me. In order to get any work done, I have to barricade myself in what can be charmingly referred to as my “nerdtress…

An investigative report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer looks at the FDA Fast Track. For those who don’t know, the FDA Fast Track was created to accelerate the drug approval process for drugs targeted at under-treated diseases. Yet there is a bit of debate about whether Fast Track drugs are approved more quickly or are…