Economics and similar, for the sleep-deprived
A subtle change has been made to the comments links, so they no longer pop up. Does this in any way help with the problem about comments not appearing on permalinked posts, readers?
Update: seemingly not
Update: Oh yeah!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
A short update on my Ben Goldacre policy
Just to note - I am still trying to work out precisely what it is about "Bad Science" that I don't like (and am beginning to think that the answer will involve writing an intellectual biography of Richard Dawkins, presumably after I finish the John Birt one I've been promising for five years). But in the meantime, I note that he is apparently on good terms with Rupert Sheldrake, which counts quite heavily in his favour in my estimation.
I actually think that Sheldrake has been led up a massive blind alley by the negative binomial test he uses (and that what his ESP tests on dogs show us is that this test isn't powerful enough to reject the daffiest of nulls), but the way he was treated by science-politicians in the British university system was a bit of a scandal, and the piling on of skeptics who clearly don't understand what they're talking about was no more edifying.
I'd also note that although it is actually highly unlikely that there are any theological revisions that the Catholic Church could carry out which would have an iota of effect on the spread of AIDS in Africa (summary: Africa not very Catholic, Papal influence on Catholic contraception behaviour not very great, condom-promotion programs surprisingly ineffective), the CC is nevertheless wrong and silly about contraception, and what's a couple of genocide analogies between friends.
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