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We Can Do Better Than Bad Science Journalism By A Weasel

There are lots of articles like this one posted to Metafilter where journalists try to aggregate scientific research and end up screwing up the conclusions. But this one is by Johann Hari, who is a deeply malicious falsifier. He's the British Jayson Blair or Stephen Glass. Normally I think we should evaluate articles without regard to their author, and indeed this article is being ably dismantled in the thread. But here we have a very smart person who has often bent his intelligence to unethical and self-serving ends. What's more, he's now doing the "overblown science reporting" thing that is harder to catch because we want it to be true. Let's stick with the actual neuroscientists on this topic, like Carl Hart.
posted by anotherpanacea on Jan 22, 2015 - 79 comments

Joke Taboos

Can Mefites explain why MetaFilter as a whole seems to consider e.g. Chris Christie fat jokes morally unacceptable but Rob Ford crack cocaine jokes are funny fun times? I'm somehow guessing a "imagine all the donuts Chris Christie is gonna eat when he wins the Presidency" wouldn't be considered Mefi-funny, but I don't see what underlying moral principle is at work here.
posted by crayz on Jan 8, 2014 - 276 comments

Is There Wife Beyond MetaFilter? Oops, I Meant Life

Not an ask me. My wife just described herself as a MetaFilter widow. Please help!
posted by Xurando on Aug 20, 2011 - 204 comments

You know that you use mefi too much when ...

You know that you use mefi too much when ... [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Aug 18, 2011 - 22 comments

Do you read Mefi archives or your favourites?

Do you read Metafilter archives and/or your favourited items? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Feb 5, 2010 - 55 comments

Meta-Ask: Define Rock Bottom Addiction

meta-ask: Are there any scientific studies suggesting the need for addicted people to "hit rock bottom" before getting better?

I've noticed in a lot of AskMe threads dealing with addiction in a loved-one that people say that the addicted person needs to hit "rock bottom" before they can start to get better. Now obviously in retrospect every former addict will have some low point that they can look back on as their lowest, but often the advice given also states that people should avoid helping their loved-one, in a sort of effort to accelerate their decent, like the quicker they hit the bottom the quicker they can get better.

I'm just wondering, why do people think this is true? Are there any studies that actually state this? It seems like a really important thing to be just guessing about.

posted by delmoi on Dec 18, 2005 - 38 comments

How much weight to attach to the "community" in "online community?"

I saw this thread over at kuro5hin about the recent suicide of an Everquest fanatic and the surrounding issues. This thread was about online games but the poll in the sidebar lists "blogs" as the #2 "online addiction." Rusty and his crew have given the topic a good going-over, but I'm interested in what the MeFiosi have to say on these. Firstly, just how much weight should we attach to the "community" in "online community?" Second, if we are all members of a community, just what responsibilities do we have to our fellow citizens? I'm not taking any position yet, I just found it a thought-provoking set of questions.
posted by jonmc on Apr 5, 2002 - 17 comments

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