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Forum: Diavlog comments 11-28-2011, 08:25 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,435
Posted By ragamuffinman
Re: Positive Cardiovascular Health (Robert Wright & Darwin Labarthe)

Sorry, I should have made this an omnibus post, but I'm somewhat exercised about this topic. After all, I've just been called a clueless moron. :)

This is the central empirical claim made by...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-28-2011, 07:08 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,435
Posted By ragamuffinman
Re: Positive Cardiovascular Health (Robert Wright & Darwin Labarthe)

Just to clarify, Masterjohn is a doctoral student at UConn, finishing up his PhD, I think. Also, his position is more nuanced than "the caveman diet is the answer to all problems." I don't even think...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-27-2011, 11:31 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,435
Posted By ragamuffinman
Re: Positive Cardiovascular Health (Robert Wright & Darwin Labarthe)

I was referring more to his popular writings, which try to explain the mechanisms behind things instead of relying on simplistic admonitions and impossible-to-interpret numbers from observational...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-27-2011, 06:59 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,435
Posted By ragamuffinman
Re: Positive Cardiovascular Health (Robert Wright & Darwin Labarthe)

Somewhat correct - for the typical person with medium-low to medium-high total cholesterol, increasing cholesterol doesn't much increase the risk of heart trouble. People with familial...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-27-2011, 06:48 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,435
Posted By ragamuffinman
Re: Positive Cardiovascular Health (Robert Wright & Darwin Labarthe)

hilbert -

As Chris Masterjohn points out, LDL particle size is a proxy for lipoprotein oxidation, which is the fundamental cause of atherosclerosis. Attention should be paid to exactly how the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-27-2011, 06:42 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,435
Posted By ragamuffinman
Re: Positive Cardiovascular Health (Robert Wright & Darwin Labarthe)

I agree with Gary Taubes that the state of public and physician understanding of heart disease today is depressingly bad. Public health authorites (Mr. Labarthe is a good example) give vague, useless...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-15-2011, 09:25 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 15,093
Posted By ragamuffinman
Re: Commenter Klatch (Robert Wright & Aryeh Cohen-Wade)

Tyler Cowen vs. Bryan Caplan on education and signaling, hoo hah.

Bob's audio was mildly distorted despite the central monitoring.
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-06-2011, 10:25 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 18,508
Posted By ragamuffinman
Re: Talking Black (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

The word makes me laugh too. (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/36633?in=38:55&out=39:08)
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-23-2010, 08:18 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 15,588
Posted By ragamuffinman
Re: Science Saturday: Mystery Science Theater 2010 (Robert Wright & Lee Smolin)

Even the pinhole mic on this Mac sounds fine. It's the levels, man.
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-23-2010, 12:11 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 15,588
Posted By ragamuffinman
Re: Science Saturday: Mystery Science Theater 2010 (Robert Wright & Lee Smolin)

Dear Overlords,

Send an idiot-proof audio quality checklist to every diavlog participant. Try to make sure they read and understand it. Something like this:

"1. Press record and start talking....
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-08-2010, 01:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,200
Posted By ragamuffinman
Re: The Blogger and the State (Robert Farley & Charli Carpenter)

LEVELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (http://www.mediacollege.com/audio/howto/distortion.html)

An 100% level into the microphone input should not be interpreted as "the audio sounds 100% awesome."

Make this...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-01-2010, 09:02 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 25,627
Posted By ragamuffinman
Re: Not Some Egghead Exclusive Thing (Alyssa Rosenberg & Seth Colter Walls)

I am pretty sure I have matured as a consumer of culture, becoming open-mindedly emotivist and capable of thinking about my likes/dislikes intelligently. My days of teenage rock snobbism and...
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