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Posted Sep 14, 2015 - 11:34 PM:
Deadly Companions How Microbes Shaped our History, by Dorothy H. Crawford.
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Posted Sep 15, 2015 - 11:38 AM:
Evidence-based medicine lacks solid supporting evidence
Assumptions for generalizing clinical trial data to particular patients rarely withstand scrutiny
You should call this approach the “Risk Generalization-Particularization” model of medical prediction, Jonathan Fuller and Luis Flores write in a paper to be published in Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. (It’s OK to call it ‘Risk GP’ for short, they say.) “Risk GP” they note, is “the model that many practitioners implicitly rely upon when making evidence-based decisions.”
Risk GP as a model for making medical judgments is the outgrowth of demands for evidence-based medicine, write Fuller, on the medicine faculty at the University of Toronto in Canada, and Flores, a philosopher at King’s College London in England. It “advocates applying the results of population studies over mechanistic reasoning … in diagnosis, prognosis and therapy.” Evidence-based medicine has set a new standard for clinical reasoning, Fuller and Flores declare; it “has become dominant in medical research and education, accepted by leading medical schools and all of the major medical journals.”
So it seems like a good idea to ask whether the “evidence” actually justifies this evidence-based approach. In fact, it doesn’t.
On Sep 15, 2015 - 11:54 AM, Agustino responded: great read thanks
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Posted Sep 23, 2015 - 6:10 PM:
Just started this Zapffean text - seems like a promising read for those who have found Ligotti's Conspiracy and Zapffe's Last Messiah interesting!
On Sep 23, 2015 - 8:01 PM, Maw responded: yeah looks interesting
An Arrow, Drawn
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Posted Sep 24, 2015 - 3:35 AM:
Maxine Sheets-Johnstone - The Primacy of Movement
Was gonna save this till later, but after reading Barbaras and his attempt to specify movement as the defining characteristic of life, I had to bump this up a little in the list.
Edited by StreetlightX on Sep 24, 2015 - 3:42 AM
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Posted Sep 27, 2015 - 2:01 AM:
Zibaldone by Giacomo Leopardi
On Sep 27, 2015 - 7:58 AM, 180 Proof responded:
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Posted Sep 28, 2015 - 6:15 PM:
Moral Origins: the Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame - Chris Boehm
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Posted Sep 29, 2015 - 2:20 AM:
An essential read, not intellectually challenging. Straight forward and balanced.
'Cyperphobia' by E. Lucas
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Posted Sep 29, 2015 - 1:25 PM:
Just finished Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
An File Marbh
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Posted Oct 2, 2015 - 10:22 AM:
In the Dust of the Planet: Horror of Philosophy vol. 1 by Eugene Thacker - Entertaining, but not all that gripping. Half-way through and the philosophical content seems so far seems to be limited to applying a fairly basic theoretical construct to popular horror movies/books. So, Schopenhauer meets Stephen King. And then what?
Invisible man by Ralph Ellison (reread). Genius.
The Complete Dramatic Works by Beckett. Yes.
On Oct 2, 2015 - 8:09 PM, StreetlightX responded: Dust is probably best approached as a work of aesthetics; what horror can teach us about the limits of philosophy. I agree it's kinda skin deep though.
On Oct 2, 2015 - 9:38 PM, 180 Proof responded: Ellison & Beckett.
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