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Articles to 2017-01-15

January 15th, 2017

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The first reports on oxytocin a few years ago led some to ideas, that a small addition to our drinking water or similar might solve all our social ills. As Samuni et al. demonstrate, the hormone and its Janus-faced counterside have been part of primate evolution for quite some time.

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Articles to 2017-01-08

January 8th, 2017

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Cheon & Hong start from a plausible hypothesis – high ranking primates are known to monopolise high value food sources making it desirable for lower ranking ones to over indulge whenever there’s a chance. Unfortunately their study fails to prove their case and is systematically unsuitable for doing so. Read the rest of this entry »

Rechtspopulistische Stimmungsmache

January 5th, 2017

Die Lügenpresse lügt (VII)

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Das „rechtspopulistische Internetportal Breitbart“ ist jetzt auch in Deutschland angekommen und „stellt die Ereignisse überzogen, teils falsch dar und zeichnet ein Bild chaotischer bürgerkriegsähnlicher Zustände in Deutschland, herbeigeführt von islamistischen Gewalttätern.“

Zum Glück gibt es die seriöse und kritische Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , Read the rest of this entry »

Everything under control in Germany

January 1st, 2017

Deutschland hat alles im Griff

Cologne could cope without incident on New Year’s Eve

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Isn’t it wonderful how there’s no more cause for concern and everything’s back to normal as it used to be in Germany? That’s what the papers, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger , try to tell us. Is that how it was?

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Articles to 2016-12-30

December 30th, 2016

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In Sunday school I have always found the idea of people making their own idols and then praying and sacrificing to them hard to comprehend. Becoming older, I often find people doing just that. Stocker et al. is another one treating his model as data and telling others using real data, they have to be wrong. Infinitely tuneable models with more parameters than points to be fitted can be tweaked to yield anything.

Articles to 2016-12-25

December 25th, 2016

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“Optimism and looking at those things that get better are realism, not a rose tinted glasses. People are more prepared to promote improvements, if they believe in a chance for success.” Thus, freely paraphrased, Hans Rosling in the report by Maxmen. Now if that is not tiqqun olam, then I don’t know what is. Read the rest of this entry »

Articles to 2016-12-17

December 17th, 2016

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Urgolites et al. repeat a common and potentially devastating mistake, when they state “performed similar to the controls P > 0.1”. That a difference is too small to show up as significant in only 5 subjects, means it can’t be demonstrated to be present. This is by no means the same as claiming it can be shown to be not present. Read the rest of this entry »

Articles to 2016-12-10

December 10th, 2016

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The real null-hypothesis Iliev et al. are testing against is, that words and texts are nothing but meaningless random noise. If there is a content, and if this content or its distribution is determined by external circumstances, then their tests 2 to 4 are meaningless and prove nothing. This is not the case for the linear trend in test 1 but here too they failed to take an important point into account. Language is a social construct Read the rest of this entry »

Articles to 2016-12-03

December 3rd, 2016

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I have just been referred to the article by Kaplan (in a journal I do not read regularly, thanks Bernie), who has reevaluated the extent of human induced landscape change in the Holocene. It seems that, as I said on 2016-01-23, Ruddiman’s hypothesis looks well established by now and we should perhaps begin calling it a theory.

Articles to 2016-11-26

November 26th, 2016

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Having next to no previous knowledge about Alfred Rust for evaluating Ickerodt’s comments about him, the article itself is all I have to go by. But that alone is fully sufficient to tell the difference between reasoned argument and prejudiced denigration.

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