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Stuck

Something Piers Corbyn said, that I mentioned yesterday: ‘How come there haven’t been any basic new ideas in physics since Einstein?’ He said he thought that academia had become corrupted. And people just carried on thinking in the same way, … Continue reading

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So Smoking Doesn’t Cause Lung Cancer

Daily Mail:: 6,000 Brits who have never smoked die of lung cancer annually, with rates rising Scientists say non-smokers will overtake smokers among sufferers in a decade Clearly it’s not just smoking that causes lung cancer, if more and more … Continue reading

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The Disease of Antismoking

About 6½ minutes into her interview of Dmitry Kosyrev, Emily Wieja asked him if he thought that scaremongering about tobacco was a Western idea. And Dmitry agreed that this “ugly example” was “a Western disease.” He’s quite right, of course. … Continue reading

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Scott Gottlieb Resigns

According to several commenters this NYTimes article is apparently unlinkable and unviewable behind its paywall, and the comments under it are shocking. I had no trouble reading it though. So, as a public service, here’s most of the thing, with … Continue reading

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The Fallout Hypothesis Revisited Again

The Fallout Hypothesis of lung cancer re-appeared in the comments yesterday, provoking an interesting discussion. The idea, in part, was that men got lung cancer more often than women because men spent more time outdoors under a rain of radioactive … Continue reading

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Bye Bye Sally

These days we live in a world in which we are being told that everything is poisonous. It started with tobacco. We’ve been being told for about 100 years that tobacco companies are “merchants of death”. We’ve been being told … Continue reading

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Hyper-cleanliness

In Barcelona, 10 or 20 years ago, I used to wander around the the district of Esplugues de Llobregat on foot, going from bar to cafe to restaurant to bar, having a beer in one, a coffee in another. I … Continue reading

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