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Why isn’t this frankenfood generating outrage?

I saw an amusing article that a seed company has created a hybrid food, a crossbreed between kale and brussel sprouts they’re calling Kalettes. Now even though kale and brussel sprouts are already hybrids derived from a common ancestral plant … Continue reading

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My-my, the nutrition scolds are wrong again

I bet they’re saying, studies suck, let’s just stick with uninformed opinion. To wit: “Current evidence does not clearly support guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats,” the study authors concluded. … Continue reading

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More on anti-GMO

A day after I wrote my post comparing anti-GMO and anti-eBook silliness a much more famous blogger wrote another post denouncing anti-GMO crowd and it’s interesting to read the comments. Now, for the most part, I agree with much of … Continue reading

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Evolutionary disadvantage of pessimism – 2

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while, definitely intensified by my recent brush (and then reprieve) from near-term death. I’m definitely gloomy about life (at least mine, but abstractly I think for most people) but my attitude is … Continue reading

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The Left’s attack on science

I’ve certainly denounced the religinuts’ attack on science often enough, but unfortunately the left uses some of the same tactics, spreading pure falsehoods (disguised as rational analysis but often entirely fact-free opinion), finding conspiracies (especially when their heroes are critically … Continue reading

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Critical reasoning about nutrition

I’ve ranted about bad nutrition information and HuffPo continues to publish nonsense, so what about an exercise for you, Dr. Reader, to figure out an important issue in nutrition. The religinuts in Texas are trying to sneak creationism into science … Continue reading

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Popular press hypes another inconclusive study

Once again the press loves screaming headlines and doesn’t bother reading the fine print of an actual study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This is all over Google News, the same story picked up by lots of … Continue reading

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Typical Characteristics of Less Trustworthy Expert Advice

I’ve certainly ragged on a few specific example of how incredibly stupid and wrong most nutrition “advice” is so here’s a broader statement about “expert” advice in general. Expert advice with a higher-than-average likelihood of being wrong is often given … Continue reading

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Can we believe anything?!

I’m reading David H. Freedman’s Wrong: Why experts keep failing us–and how to know when not to trust them and boy it’s a bummer. I hope Freedman is basically just putting forth a kind of denialism or he’s basically looking for the … Continue reading

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Popular press mangles reports on studies

After two weeks of eating freely and not obsessing about food, now I return to more of the nutritional and health nonsense, especially as the popular press distorts and often even reverses what a study actually says. I should have … Continue reading

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