November 2007 Monthly Archive
Daniel Carlat, of the Carlat Report, has an article in the New York Times Magazine. It's six pages long, and decidedly anti-Pharma. But Daniel Carlat isn't from New York-- so why would he have an article published there?
You say: well, where he's from has nothing to do with it, the New York Times is publishing it because of what he says.
His article, well written and persuasive, stands as is, undisputed because there is no forum in which to dispute it. I guess it would be nice if the Times would allow me to write an op-ed-- you know, in op to the ed-- but I guess this blog will have to do.
Carlat is wrong, very wrong, not because he is factually incorrect about his target, but because his target is a straw man. The problem isn't Pharma. It's doctors.
"One Of These Things Is A Straw Man, And The Other Is On Fire" ››
On the left is real 1989 Tiananmen Square. On the right, a doctored photo. 300 people were shown either a real or altered photo of two different protests, and then asked to recall what happened back then. The point of this study was to show that altering a photograph will change how the events are actually remembered (in this case, as bigger and more violent.) It's important to emphasize that the subjects already had a memory of the events (from TV, etc)-- so this photo actually changed their pre-existing memories, and they weren't aware of it.
"Which Is Worse: An Altered Photo of Reality, Or A Photo That Alters Reality?" ››
They are also the main educators in the field. Which is unfortunate. Not because they're bad, but because they are part of that system they are teaching. All they can tell you is what it's like inside the building. Not whether the building is, in fact, a boat, or a duck, or dream.
""Pivotal Role That Psychiatry Has Come To Play"" ››
The experiment is to grab a bunch of 6 month old and 12 month old babies, and show them a little wooden shape with eyes glued onto it climbing a hill. Then, while a shape is climbing the hill, another shape either comes up behind it and pushes it upwards ("helps"), or a shape comes from above and pushes it downwards ("hinders.")
They then allowed the infants to reach for either the "helper" or the "hinderer."
"The Question Isn't Why Do Babies Do It" ››
See? I told you he was in Styx.
(Thanks to Fargo Holiday)
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"When I was a boy of seven or eight I read a novel entitled "Abafi"... The lessons it teaches are much like those of "Ben Hur," and in this respect it might be viewed as anticipatory of the work of Wallace. The possibilities of will-power and self-control appealed tremendously to my vivid imagination, and I began to discipline myself. Had I a sweet cake or a juicy apple which I was dying to eat I would give it to another boy and go through the tortures of Tantalus, pained but satisfied. Had I some difficult task before me which was exhausting I would attack it again and again until it was done. So I practiced day by day from morning till night. At first it called for a vigorous mental effort directed against disposition and desire, but as years went by the conflict lessened and finally my will and wish became identical. They are so to-day, and in this lies the secret of whatever success I have achieved."
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If you got the right answer, you've wasted your life. If you got the answer wrong but then learned the correct answer, you are wasting other people's lives.
"The Extent Of Psychiatric Knowledge" ››
If You Want The Closest Thing To A Financial Disaster, Look To Etrade: How To Be Up 50% And Still Lose Everything
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If Provigil has any effect on a specific athlete's physical performance beyond keeping them awake, I'd argue it was placebo effect. So a drug with a placebo effect is illegal. Fine.
But what about the reverse situation: what about giving an actual placebo to an athlete, and telling them it's oh, I don't know, growth hormone? Or Ritalin?
"Is Taking Nothing Legal?" ››
That's a still from Jay-Z's video, "Blue Magic." The significance of the shot should be obvious to anyone, whether or not they trade currencies. Why it's not obvious is the real question.
"Jay-Z Calls The Next Market Move" ››
This is how it goes: the pediatrics attending was attractive, no two ways about it. That's probably not what she wanted you to notice about her but that's the way things go, you have no control over first impressions and even less over second and third impressions. Hold tight to your identity, I sometimes say, because no one else is buying it.
"The Problem With One Specific Female Doctor" ››
Bipolar Rates Are Increasing As Long As You're Willing To Call Everything Bipolar And Defy God's Will
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