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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 - 78 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 - 254 comments

Problems with drug hysteria

Hey, I have a bit of a problem with this post. [more inside]
posted by smoke on Oct 16, 2013 - 77 comments

What's Acceptable on AskMe When It Comes to Crime?

AskMe Questions About Crimes [more inside]
posted by Menthol on Jan 31, 2010 - 189 comments

It ain't me

This thread achieves orbit. That is all.
posted by telstar on Feb 12, 2009 - 171 comments

Born Every Minute

I strongly disagree with This Thread being posted.
posted by sgt.serenity on Jul 21, 2007 - 191 comments

Do you post when high?

Do you post when high? Enquiring minds want to know.
posted by Meatbomb on Dec 16, 2006 - 94 comments

you ask about drugs and insurance; my advice is to quit

I didn't want to derail this AskMe with this, so I clipped what I wrote there about drug testing and am posting it here. [more inside]
posted by phearlez on Apr 4, 2006 - 43 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

Could this question be edited a bit please?

Impulsive skim-reading foodies could be hurt by cooking with tobacco. Could this question be edited a bit please?
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Mar 26, 2005 - 59 comments

Drugs are (not always) the answer.

Why is it that whenever someone asks a question about psychological issues and says s/he doesn't want meds, all the pushers show up? Whenever it goes the other way, those who take meds attack whoever might suggest they aren't best. Is it too much to ask for the same respect you demand?
posted by dame on Jan 24, 2005 - 55 comments

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