The last time a president won with 60 percent of the vote, for instance, was when Lyndon Johnson trounced Barry Goldwater in 1964. Health-care reform passed the House with only 50.5 percent of the body voting for it. And the senators making up this morning’s 60 votes actually represent closer to 65 percent of the…
Amid the various recent whacks at considerations of Gladwell lately, I find this one, by Razib Khan, particularly helpful in defining what sometimes goes amiss with Gladwell — and the danger that waits every science writer: [Gladwell's problem is that] out of the possible set of ideas and models, only a subset can be turned…
So a company, angry at being accused of trying to suppress information, responds by … sueing the guy who released the information.
If good science writing were easy, we’d be choking on it. Instead, it’s rare enough that when we find it, we celebrate it and pass on the links as something especially worth attending. Why pretend it’s otherwise?
This Wired story from Jonah Lehrer examines something that too often goes unexamined: The monumental messiness of science. This merely puts science on a par with many other serious endeavors that people try to pursue with rigor and ambition — like, say, writing.
I’ll be on New Hampshire Public Radio’s Word Of Mouth” noon-hour show tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec 22, talking with host Virginia Prescott about “Orchid Children,” my recent Atlantic article about the genetic underpinnings of steady and mercurial ltemperaments. My segment will run about 10 minutes beginning at or just after noon.
Like a compulsive crack user desperately sucking on a broken pipe, we can’t get enough of addiction. via slate.com Great to see Bell in Slate, and as usual he brings some good hard facts — along with finely wrought opinion and wit. — to an area that can get mushy quick. Posted via web from…
Agreed: There’s robust supply of writing. But is there an oversupply of GOOD writing? If not, how to tap the people still willing to pay for it?
The times I’ve seen subjects I’d written about covered on TV — DBS for depression, and Williams syndrome, which I’d written about for the Times Mag and both of which were subsequently covered by 60 MInutes — the TV results were truly appalling.
That people in earlier times experienced a lot of stress shouldn’t be a surprise. Yet, like Ford, I am surprised at how many people assume that stress is mainly a modern phenomenon, and an exception rather than the rule.