Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Links

1. The Foodbabe spews bullshit again! This time she targets ingredients in cookies that Doubletree hands out (I love them!). Steve Novella at Neuorologica blasts her arguments.
Her modus operandi is simple – look at ingredient lists for names that sound like chemicals or are difficult to pronounce, bypass any scientific analysis or evidence and go straight to hyperbolic fearmongering. Then just hope that companies cave in order to avoid negative press before anyone can ask too many questions.
2. This Quora thread on visually stunning math is simply awesome! Over the past few months I've found myself spending more time on Quora than on wikipedia.

3. Speaking of wikipedia, my opinion of Jimmy Wales went up by quite some, when he offered this no-apologies takedown of a petition on, requesting wikipedia to be more open to "alternative" and holistic ideas. Here's what he said:
No, you have to be kidding me. Every single person who signed this petition needs to go back to check their premises and think harder about what it means to be honest, factual, truthful. 
Wikipedia's policies around this kind of thing are exactly spot-on and correct. If you can get your work published in respectable scientific journals - that is to say, if you can produce evidence through replicable scientific experiments, then Wikipedia will cover it appropriately. 
What we won't do is pretend that the work of lunatic charlatans is the equivalent of "true scientific discourse". It isn't.
Hats off.

4. These visualizations of the roots of polynomials are stunning! They are simply exquisite.

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