Listen to “The Primitive Streak” (30:51)
So interesting and a great catalyst for reflecting on which stage does nothingness end and life begin.
Great article on Nature about the 14 day rule
Listen to “The Scientific Process” (28:29)
Podcast: Hidden Brain (Episode 32)
Episode info from the podcast’s website: “Lots of psychology studies fail to produce the same results when they are repeated. How do scientists know what’s true?”
Listen to “Too Ornery to Die” (29:00)
Podcast: Only Human
A look into cystic fibrosis and the politics and economics of finding a treatment for rare genetic disorders. The price of drugs and how the US is subsidizing the rest of the world.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website
Article in the Boston Globe “Doctors challenge Vertex over high price of cystic fibrosis drug”
Listen to “Being Malcom Gladwell”
A great informal interview with this ever interesting man – Malcolm Gladwell. It takes a great writer and thinker to convey scientific notions to the wider audience.
“The Making of an Expert” in the Harvard Business Review by Ericsson et al.
The 10000 hour rule on Gladwell’s website.
Podcast: Only Human
I’ve always wondered about the history behind the Harmony prenatal test. This episode provided great insight. But the question remains… Where should the eugenic line be drawn?
Interesting article “Screening for disability: a eugenic pursuit?” in the Journal of Medical Ethics
Ariosa Diagnostics that perform prenatal tests
Ariosa acquired by Roche Media Release
Listen to “In Defense of Ignorance”
Podcast: This American Life (Episode 585)
“Some things in life are better not to know about. And sometimes there can be a benefit to not knowing. In this episode – examples of ignorance truly being bliss, or even being an asset.”
Would you prefer to not know in case you were terminally ill? I think I would.
Lulu Wang website
“The astonishingly funny story of Mr. McArthur Wheeler” in awesci.com
“Unskilled and unaware of it” in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Dunning-Kruger effect on Wikipedia
Podcast: The Ezra Klein Show
I really enjoyed this show. This was a very interesting perspective on the topic. However, some statements seem to be a little extreme and adorned for shocking purposes. Modern broiler strains have been selected for high growth, but comparing growth rates of different animal species can be a biased exercise. How about sustainable farming to protect biodiversity such as indigenous breeds of farm animals that in some cases are in danger of extinction? I always like to find the balance… Also, plant based milks have been important to target people that are lactose intolerant but that was not mentioned in the show. Nevertheless, a great episode!
Bruce Friedrich on Wikipedia