Love, love, love, it’s just a song

This is a song title. The song is awesome.

Cause and effect



A bizarre disease epidemic affecting various Asian countries from time to time throughout history, based centrally around the phobic fear of having the genitalia absorb inside the body.

Anne Harrington

Anne Harrington is Harvard College Professor and Professor for the History of Science, specializing in the history of psychiatry, neuroscience, and the other mind and behavioral sciences. She was my college professor for a seminar entitled “Evolution and the Mind” (History of Science 176), and I last saw her when she spoke at the Being Human conference in San Francisco on March 24, 2012, along with my friend [[Laurie Santos]]. She gave a very interesting presentation on epidemics of hysteria/schizophrenia-like female illnesses and their treatments at different places and times in history, with the conclusion that there’s an inbuilt human mechanism for hard-wired healing mechanisms to be activated by medical treatment rituals and medicines in whatever form (e.g. pills) is dictated by the set of social norms governing a given society.

From her Being Human profile: “She is currently working on a new general audience book that uses small-scale historical narrative—intimate human stories across time—to help people make sense of the big-scale issues that define modern psychiatry, broadly understood. Other research interests include the history of the neurological case history, and especially changing interests in the ‘inner world’ of brain disorder; and the origins and larger significance of current visions of partnership between Buddhism and science.

” According to her Harvard website, she’s working on a new book called When Minds Fall Ill.

Books: Medicine, Mind and the Double Brain (1987); Reenchanted Science (1997); The Cure Within; A History of Mind-Body Medicine (2007).

Edited collections: The Placebo Effect (1997);Visions of Compassion (2000); The Dalai Lama at MIT (2006).

S.S. Coachella music festival cruise

The Coachella music festival at sea, on the S.S. Coachella, which cruises from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas.

Jacob Cohen

Author of the article The earth is round (p < 0.05), questioning our reliance on null hypothesis statistical testing.

The earth is round (p < 0.05)

A 1994 paper by Jacob Cohen in the journal American Psychologist criticizing the reliance on null hypothesis significance testing in the social sciences. On the same topic, Cohen cites Bill Rozeboom (1960), Paul Meehl (1967), David Bakan (1966), David Lykken (1968), and a book by Morrison and Henkel (1970).

Economists [[Steve Ziliak]] and [[Dierdre McCloskey]] later wrote an excellent book on the topic, [[The Cult of Statistical Significance]].


Houston is the great American city.

Dolce Vita (Houston)

When I lived in Houston from 2007–2009, Dolce Vita was one of my favorite restaurants—as much for the relaxed vibe as for the good, crusty pizza from the wood-burning oven and regional Italian vegetable appetizers (bagna cauda, deep-fried vegetables, great salumi). Casual vibe, no tablecloths, good cocktails and house-infused grappa at the bar. The place gets crowded at peak times, but it’s worth the wait.

In May 2012, the restaurant had a fire and is now closed indefinitely for repairs.