Why is this interesting? is well worth subscribing to. This edition is, as always, interesting. Several of the classic phycology experiments weren’t as scientific as you’d have hoped. This is part of a much broader story of a “replication crisis” in psychology: The challenge of being completely unable to reproduce the results from some of […]
Anyone needing to register if they live in Dublin just can’t. Although, outside the Pale, the local Garda station is open! Mad, ted. It’s impossible for the Department of Justice to track how many would-be residents are currently awaiting registration in Dublin, says a spokesperson. “Statistics are not maintained in this manner.” Among them, though, […]
This is an informative article on that cloudy, foggy brain that I know I’ve definitely experienced over the last year of the pandemic. That dull minded feeling where you just can’t really remember what you’ve done or what you’re meant to do and yet you feel anxious and stressed at the same time. It’s both […]
Great way of picturing how vaccines work over by Randall Munroe: “To ensure lasting immunity, doctors recommend destroying a second Death Star some time after the first.”
Some public health experts argue it can be done, but the experts in carrying out that kind of thing, the politicians, believe it cannot. https://www.irishtimes.com/business/covid-19-is-now-a-global-problem-in-search-of-an-irish-solution-1.4464511 Easily forgotten, but that’s a good definition of what a politician is: an expert in what’s possible to do, which may not be what a health expert says we should […]
Surprise: Playing video games can be good for your mental health, a study from Oxford University has suggested, following a breakthrough collaboration in which academics at the university worked with actual gameplay data for the first time. The study, which focused on players of Nintendo’s springtime craze Animal Crossing, as well as EA’s shooter Plants vs. […]
Zynep Tufecki has an excellent analysis in the Atlantic of why Covid has been such a shock to every health system in the world. In short, we humans tend to be poor at systemic analysis, especially of complex systems with non-linear outcomes. This leads us to tend to under-estimate the impact of certain events – […]
In November 2018, former defence secretary Gavin Williamson introduced a zero tolerance approach for drug use, saying it was the only way to ensure excellence was maintained as he highlighted that the purchase of illicit substances fuelled organised crime. via https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/aug/24/rise-in-number-of-british-soldiers-being-sacked-for-drug-use Instead of powering organised crime, you could tax it, and fuel the health system.