An interesting interview with Gary Taubes:
In the science in which I was raised—physics and chemistry, the hard sciences—the last thing you want to do is get an assumption accepted into the theory of how things work without rigorously testing it, because then people will build on it and it will grow and infect the whole thought construction. You end up with, I’m going to beat this metaphor to death, but sort of a house of cards. And there will be no way to go back on it. In a field like nutrition and obesity research, you’ve now got these enormous institutional dogmas built in that I and others are arguing are simply wrong. How do you get the institutions to change their belief systems?
The British Medical Journal is running a series on nutrition policy, and their way of dealing with it is by assigning writers from these different belief systems. So I’m a co-author on an article on dietary fat, along with the former head of the Harvard nutrition department who thinks I’m the worst journalist he’s ever met and who does a form of science that I consider a pseudoscience.
It’s just nuts.
All of a sudden, they’re no longer rare.
Isn’t technology great?
And who does it hit hardest? China. Boo fricken’ hoo.
We must restore it.
It’s nuts to think there was some benign past in which the climate was ideal. The only benign climate is one that we’re wealthy enough to deal with.
SpaceX is raising half a billion for development. It sure would be nice to see some initial hops a year or so from now.
There were probably more than five of them.
It is (as always) from the Left. I suppose it’s possible that Pruitt is corrupt, but I’m certainly not going to take these charlatans’ word for it.
Thoughts on Zuckerberg’s thoughts, from a gamer.
[Update a few minutes later]
This book, which every incoming college freshman should read (it’s not long) seems relevant.
It’s magnificently right, and catastrophically wrong.
The entitlement sending is out of control, and what cannot go on forever will eventually stop.
About to leave Miami for London, first time in an A380. I’ll check in when I get to Heathrow. If my phone works…
(Update a few hours later)
Standing in a long line at Heathrow for passport control. If they have the poor judgment to let me into the country, I’ll be heading into town for lunch with friends in Chelsea.