- Geoffrey Neuss on errors in chemistry textbooks, with an interesting part at the end about misconceptions perpetuated in chemistry education by the saying “oxidation is loss of electrons, reduction is gain.”
- Dr. Shannon Tosounian on how to be healthy about weigh loss. Her anti-reductionist perspective on health is excellent.
- Some bats apparently vocalize in such a way that can inform recipients about the identity of the caller. But one of the researchers added: “We do not find a ‘word’ that mean ‘hello’ or ‘move’ or ‘eat’ in bat communication. We just show that the spectral content of the vocalizations or their frequencies contain information about the context.” It’s not language, as the researcher makes clear, but we should take into account things like this when thinking about philosophy of language, just like how Aristotle took into account knowledge among different animals when writing the Organon.
- Sr. Prudence Allen, RSM has been writing a series of books on the concept of womanhood throughout the history of philosophy. She has an author’s interview with Eerdmans here. Seems interesting.
- Scott Alexander has a very intriguing (and really entertaining) post about the correlation between patient reviews of antidepressants and physician reviews. Scott Alexander (actually his pen name) is a psychiatrist-in-training (or at least he claims to be one, anyway), although the warning he gives at the top of the post is excellent advice. The sample is a convenience sample, after all. And maybe patients are not be the best judges of how their medications are actually working.