Body:[B1] Please, please, pretty please let this work out!
grotesque “plain” packaging doesn’t work, will they stop doing it? Haha no.
[B3] City Journal looks at a buffet model of healthcare delivery.
[B4] Man, even I don’t hate specialists this much. And frankly, this seems like a bit of a sop to primary care providers (though it’s not like they need the business). There is some truth to it, though!
[B5] Stanton Peele wonders if Trump would be a lot better if he just drank. While I do agree somewhat with Peele on the alcohol question, there are arguments in here that wouldn’t be accepted in any context other than as a knock against all the right targets (Trump, Bush, The South, religious conservatives, backwards Americans, etc.), from correlation/causation concerns to the notion that the willpower involved in moderate drinking (as opposed to abstineence or gluttony) is a mark of good character.
Mind:[M1] Do you have nightmares? Maybe you’re just messed up in the head.
[M2] Neuroscientists found out that they don’t know what they thought they did about how memories work.
[M3] Your addiction to social media was well cultivated by social media.
[M4] I get what is being said here, but a culture needs its rituals.
[M5] Sometimes shaming is actually in the best interest of the shamed, and not just the product of the shamers’ whims.
[M6] We outsource our knowledge to the World Wide Webs, spiders outsource their thinking to literal webs.
Education:[E1] A lot of my views on this depend a lot on the specifics that the article doesn’t provide, but any sort of blanket ban or official and significant double standard would indeed be problematic.
[E2] Alan Jacobs says we need to get a grip about young people and colleges and so forth.
[E3] This makes a lot more sense to me than Missouri’s enrollment issues. Evergreen State is a niche product that relies on nigh-open enrollment with lots of other options.
[E4] I propose we just stop doing summer vacation.
[E5] Over Mom’s objections (and attempted bribes), I did prom dinner at a park with food from Wendy’s. This guy, though, took it to the next level.
Science:[S1] I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.
[S2] If ESP rules, then science drools.
[S3] The story of Clair Patterson’s war on lead.
[S4] Aaron Carroll says that science needs to stop incenting positive results. Scientists, it turns out, respond to incentives. This matters in other contexts, too.
[S5] From Greginak: A mix of romance and physics. No it’s not Neil DeGrasse Tyson slash fic.
Gender:[G1] The patriarchy is falling down on the job.
[G2] Noah Berlatsky makes the case for the boring male romantic lead.
[G3] Jordan Breeding cracks a list of Six Backward Ideas Hollywood Still Has About Men.
[G4] Markets in everything, including sexual assault allegation insurance in Japan.
[G5] Well, which is it? Should we close women’s prisons or treat women more fairly?
Religion:[R1] Does Marvel Universe have a god? I thought it was an interesting thing in the Wildstorm universe where they actually say definitively “No god.”
[R2] The secret wires over cities.
[R3] Calls for a secular Indonesia?
[R4] Stephanie Slade writes about the ACLU’s targeting of Catholic hospitals.
[R5] Helen Andrews puts Pontius Pilate in contest.