- Kamal Patel’s quantified self experiment, week 1. Will a lot of quantification improve his health? I wonder if he is measuring too many things.
- Glenn Greenwald on the Aaron Swartz case. Sign a petition to fire Assistant US Attorney Steve Heymann.
- Chernobyl wildlife. “Abundant and surprisingly normal-looking.”
- American Gut Project. Via Mark’s Daily Apple.
- Widespread failure of Johnson & Johnson hip replacement. I am curious why this problem was not noticed in early tests of the device. Leave aside FDA approval — why was the device approved by Johnson & Johnson? Too-early failure is not an obscure side effect.
- Heather Brooke TED talk about exposing government corruption. The current “information enlightenment,” says Brooke, is “about searching for the truth, not because somebody says it’s true, “because I say so.” No, it’s about trying to find the truth based on what you can see and what can be tested. That, in the first Enlightenment, led to questions about the right of kings, the divine right of kings to rule over people, or that women should be subordinate to men, or that the Church was the official word of God.”
- Nassim Taleb points to history and the Davos moderator has a curious response: “Who wants the money back?”
Thanks to Bryan Castañeda and Dave Lull.