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Richard Sprague
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Technology. China 中国 Japan 日本. Futurist. Economics. International. Apple. Microsoft. Consumer Biology. Quantified Self, Devices, Catallaxy.
Technology. China 中国 Japan 日本. Futurist. Economics. International. Apple. Microsoft. Consumer Biology. Quantified Self, Devices, Catallaxy.

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Trying new blog software
If you came here hoping to find my latest blog entries, try this link instead: http://richardsprague.com I'm trying to rebuild a personal site using my own software and it's going more slowly than I'd like, so please be patient. One of these days it'll be g...

Neuroscientists recommend frying with lard, butter instead of vegetable oil.  The harm to the brain is much worse than the heart.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11981884/Cooking-with-vegetable-oils-releases-toxic-cancer-causing-chemicals-say-experts.html

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"Of 10,000 mammograms given to women over 50, about 6000 will be false positives, 60 will be for cancers that wouldn’t have hurt them anyway, and only about 10 lives will actually be saved." 

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/10/faulty-research-behind-mammograms-breast-cancer

I wish I could get Seth's reaction to the following bizarre theory I ran into:
Sexually-transmitted diseases are far more common than we think, because they are nearly always symptom-less (otherwise, how would they spread if the carriers were obviously infected?)  The microbes lie dormant, hidden someplace in the body for long periods of time (sometimes decades), where they affect host behavior.  If you had unprotected sex with a carrier, it may affect physical and mental behavior for decades afterwards.

This theory would predict some differences in middle-age behavior between people who were infected after the 60s sexual revolution, versus those in traditional societies.

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"This graph says it all" Since 1990 political diversity in academic departments has virtually disappeared.  http://heterodoxacademy.org/2015/09/14/bbs-paper-on-lack-of-political-diversity/

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Autistic kids often have unusual cravings for bread preserved with propionate, a chemical which is loved by Clostridium species in their guts. Anybody know how true this is? [via p.107 in an excellent book I'm now reading]

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A friend sent this link to a whole bunch of podcasts and info about nootropics.  Fish Oil is nothing compared to some of these drugs.

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I'm part of Les Dethlefsen's study.  worthwhile to read this transcript of Les, who is a very level-headed guy who understands what's known and not know about the microbiome.

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