Responding to Scott Alexander’s excellent post, Criticism of Criticism of Criticism. Giving effective criticism is hard. There’s always the danger that people will get offended or reject the criticism, of course. But there’s also the subtler failure mode, in which people will…
When I was 16, a summer camp I was at was shut down due to a swine flu outbreak. The spread happened rapidly, in the way that highly contagious airborne…
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I don’t like the traditional explanation for why we don’t all get cancer. I understand it. The traditional explanation is that there’s a variety of…
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And doctors today are miserable
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For all the new readers who’ve joined since my post about effective altruism and elections, welcome! I’m now back to my usual biology beat, although…
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This essay is pretty far outside my usual beat of niche biology topics, but I thought it was important. If you find it boring or distasteful, don’t…
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Obesity is a really complicated subject. I once had a 3 month long project trying to develop a therapeutic for obesity-related asthma stymied by the…
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In which you, the humble reader, travel back in time to solve medical mysteries
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