Author Archives: Frank Davis

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The Esthwaite Experiment

An email this morning got me thinking about the Flat Earth problem again, and wondering what sort of experiment might conclusively demonstrate whether the world is flat or convex (or perhaps even concave). According to science, the Earth has a … Continue reading

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Planners Are Authoritarians

I started reading Chris Snowdon’s free download book, Killjoys, yesterday, and on page 29 came across the notion of “a runaway train of authoritarianism”. And it prompted a question that I often find myself asking: Why are so many people such … Continue reading

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Images of Oesophageal Cancer

Chris Snowdon a few days back, quoting from an editorial in the Lancet: There is no excuse to ignore regulatory interventions for access, advertisements, and unit cost that are shown to reduce alcohol consumption. Like tobacco, the longer the delay … Continue reading

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Perverse

Last night in the Smoky Drinky Bar, Joe L suggested that I back up my blog, and send it to him and Emily. I hadn’t done that before, so I straightaway went and did it, using the Export facility that … Continue reading

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Shipman

Harold Shipman Wikipedia entry: Harold Frederick Shipman (14 January 1946 – 13 January 2004) was a British general practitioner and one of the most prolific serial killers in recorded history. On 31 January 2000, a jury found Shipman guilty of fifteen murders for killing … Continue reading

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EPA Purge

Via Audrey Silk: Eleven new members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board have a history of downplaying the health risks of secondhand smoke, air pollution and other hazards, including two who have spun science for tobacco companies, according … Continue reading

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A Reply To Seppi

Yesterday I noticed several interesting new links. The first, in a comment by Philip Neal, was to The Burch Curve. Philip Burch was, I believe, a statistician who disagreed with the cigarette hypothesis of lung cancer causation promoted by Doll … Continue reading

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