Against anogenital distance

Because on this blog we love anything that has to do with calipers. The most obscure weapon in the HBD arsenal? Goes like this: Figure from this 2015 study. Alright, so we see that males have a lot bigger distance than women, so we figure this has something to do with sex differentiation and thus…

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Vaccine transhumanism

I for one welcome our new vaccines. I think the transhumanist angle to this has not been properly spelled out, so let’s give it a shot. Humans come with two main parts of our immune system. You can watch the Kurzgesagt to get the basics. First is that there’s a passive part that uses heuristics…

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Book review: Kevin Mitchell’s Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are (2018)

This is a pretty good book. It covers a lot of basics, and gets almost everything right. Twins, adoptees, genomics are given ample attention. Mitchell is very interesting in developmental randomness, so this point gets a lot of coverage. Good! Not many people accept this. The book is fine on sex differences too, and even…

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Why tracking COVID-19 hospitalization data makes sense

Every day, I post the updated Danish COVID-19 hospitalization data on Twitter and Facebook The latest version is always available at https://rpubs.com/EmilOWK/COVID19_Denmark. The raw data are here. The figures for March 26th look like this: Why track hospitalizations instead of cases? Because the number of true cases is practically unknown due to lack of large-scale…

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Between country variation in COVID-19 impact

It is by now obvious that there are some quite large differences in how much of an impact COVID-19 is having. As usual with social science, the evidence is a bit of a mess and there’s no good randomized controlled trials. With that caveat, here’s some factors that probably contribute to the variation. Measuring COVID-19…

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