Substackmaxxing

See also: Substack – a revival of blogging culture / blogs to read in 2020 So far Substack doesn’t appear to censor much from an ideological perspective, but they have a vague, generic hate speech clause that can be used for this purpose any moment they choose: That said, there’s no rule saying I can’t…

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How to help yourself making health decisions: Cochrane reviews

This post may seem obvious, but a surprising number of people don’t know about Cochrane meta-analyses, so we need more posts like this. We can quote themselves about what they do: What is a systematic review? A systematic review attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to…

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State of genetic predictions: an example

While we don’t take anecdotes too seriously on this blog, here I will present a small one. If you are one of those who have purchased genetic test results from consumer genomics companies such as 23andme or ancestry.com, you can download your ‘raw’ data and upload it elsewhere (or look at it yourself). I saw…

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p > .05 thus no effect thus familial confounding fallacies

Reading over some sibling control studies, BIG TOUGH GUY mentioned this quite wrong study: Meier, S. M., Mors, O., & Parner, E. (2017). Familial confounding of the association between maternal smoking during pregnancy and schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 174(2), 187-187. The topic of the study need not interest us, the error is statistical. Results…

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New paper out: The Left-Liberal Skew of Western Media

So it’s finally out! Out big meta-analysis of journalist voting patterns. Kirkegaard, E. O. W., Pallesen, J., Elgaard, E., & Carl, N. (2021). The left-liberal skew of Western media. Journal of Psychological Research, 3(3). We gathered survey data on journalists’ political views in 17 Western countries. We then matched these data to outcomes from national…

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Educational interventions keep not working

We’ve been over this topic previously in 2017, but since this is the eternal idea, let’s look at more data. Let’s start historically. 1969 Arthur Jensen’s famous article “How much can we boost IQ and scholastic achievement?” Compensatory education has been tried and it apparently has failed. Compensatory education has been practiced on a massive…

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