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Richard Sprague
Worked at Apple
Attended Stanford
Lives in Mercer Island, WA
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Fascinating story of how as late as 1989, the National Academy of Sciences as well as activist organizations like Center for Study of Science in the Public Interest actively ENCOURAGED the use of trans fats as "healthy".
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My frustrating experience with +ZocDoc reminds me why the US healthcare system is so messed up.
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Key findings could be replicated in only 39 of 100 psychology experiments.
Crowd-sourced effort raises nuanced questions about what counts as replication.
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RIP, Seth. One year ago today.
Seth Roberts was an inspiration and a role model to me, and my life was richer for having known him. My longer remembrance is here. I've gathered links to some of the remembrances that were posted on other sites. They are listed below, in no particular order. If you find others, or if you wanted ...
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Dave Asprey podcast mentions Seth's honey experiments. (Around minute 23-25) https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bulletproof-radio/id451295014?mt=2#episodeGuid=41ae791c96bf42c5cd1ee1eb265ffb6b
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Updated/corrected +uBiome results show that my potato starch/sleep hacking experiment apparently didn't hurt my gut. 
As suspected, there was a glitch in my latest uBiome results. Apparently a server hiccupped, so the scientists there recomputed my sample and sure enough, the new data is much more believable. Here is the single chart summary...
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Glad to hear your gut is okay!
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Conclusions from the famous Stanford Prison experiment may be exaggerated.
A scene from “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” a new movie inspired by the famous but widely misunderstood study. Credit PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY SPENCER SHWETZ/SUNDANCE INSTITUTE
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Zocdoc vs OpenTable
The idea behind ZocDoc is brilliant: a modern, super-easy web site that lets you book a doctor appointment as easily as OpenTable lets you book restaurant reservations. ZocDoc knows each doctor’s specialties, which ones take which insurance plans, their loc...
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Data rules: potato starch doesn't help my sleep.
I've been experimenting with the relationship between sleep and resistant starch, taking a few tablespoons of Bob's Red Mill potato starch, which some people think improves sleep by feeding the helpful Bifidobacterium that ma...
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Will statins make me smarter too?
For the next two weeks, I’ll conduct a new test to measure the effect of simvastatin on my Brain Reaction Time. Two or three Kirkland fish oil pills taken daily  make me score higher  on Seth Robert’s Brain Reaction Time test. After six months of self-testi...
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This editors correction in this NYTimes health column is hilarious: 
Actually, it's not funny; many equally dumb articles make it to publication without this kind of retraction.
Some researchers and consumers are now asking whether wearable computers will be considered harmful in several decades’ time.
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The original click-bait headline, "Could wearable computers be as harmful as cigarettes?", was an excellent example of Betteridge's Law: "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no."
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What potato starch really did to my gut
As suspected, there  was  a glitch in my latest uBiome results . Apparently a server hiccupped, so the scientists there recomputed my sample and sure enough, the new data is much more believable. Here is the single chart summary of all four of the uBiome te...
As suspected, there was a glitch in my latest uBiome results. Apparently a server hiccupped, so the scientists there recomputed my sample and sure enough, the new data is much more believable. Here is the single chart summary...
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Technology. China 中国 Japan 日本. Futurist. Economics. International. Apple. Microsoft. Consumer Biology. Quantified Self, Devices, Catallaxy.
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  • Apple
  • Microsoft
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Mercer Island, WA
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Dongzhimen, Beijing, China - Neillsville, WI - Yutenji, Tokyo, Japan - Philadelphia, PA - Mountain View, CA - San Francisco, CA
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Technology. China 中国 Japan 日本. Futurist. Economics. International. Apple. Microsoft. Consumer Biology. Quantified Self, Devices, Catallaxy.
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I'm a long-time technology exec / manager/ bizdev / engineer / geek/ person. I've spent a decade working in Asia: in Tokyo, Japan and most recently three years in Beijing, China. I've worked at Apple Computer (marketing), the Silicon Valley startup WebTV Networks (in business development), Microsoft (product development) and elsewhere. I grew up in rural Wisconsin and was educated at Stanford and Wharton. Today I'm working on low-cost consumer sensors and quantified self devices.
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  • Stanford
  • Wharton
  • university of Pennsylvania
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