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Systemic review of antidepressants vs placebo commentary

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LW's take on nutrition?

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Plane crashes

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Deconstructing the riddle of experience vs. memory

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Pitting national health care systems against one another

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I appreciate your reply.

> The government also makes cars have seatbelts and airbags; is this because seatbelt and airbag manufacturers lobbied the government? How dare they make you pay for features you don't want! If you think you're never going to need that airbag, why should you pay for it?

I ...(read more)

> > When it comes to needles to stick my new kiddo with, I'm not really being persuaded to do more than the intersection of vaccinations between similar nations."

> You don't know enough to decide this. What is "similar" (climate, culture, disease spectrum?) Do you know the history of their immuniz...(read more)

I haven't digested your entire reply yet, but I'll respond to this part.

> 1. Avoiding the fallacy of the one-sided wager. The post talks about cost-benefit analysis, but in a complete cost-benefit analysis one has to consider the risks of both choices under offer, not just one. The post takes spec...(read more)

Upvote for interesting and relevant links, although this part made me want to shout at my screen.

> (9). Therefore, we should give up on medication and use psychotherapy instead > Makes sense right up until you run placebo-controlled trials of psychotherapy > ... > Another study by the same team fi...(read more)

Makes sense, thanks for the link and your summary.

I've taken a keen interest in soylent but am happy to let others beta test long-term effects for me before I give it a shot :)

FWIW, the way soylent people describe their results is more or less how I describe what happened to me when I adopted a ...(read more)

The more time I spend hanging out with rationalists the less comfortable I am making predictions about anything. It's kind of becoming a real problem?

"Do you think you'll be hungry later?" "Maybe"

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Separate topic!

> (FWIW, I spent about 5 years as a vegetarian, followed by 1.5 years doing the paleo thing, and now subsist entirely off DIY soylent, which combines the virtues of deriving all its protein from animal sources and being processed.)

What I find alarming about soylent-like diets is t...(read more)

D'oh! I thought it meant some kind of special honor. Does it at least mean "was granted tenure and was not fired"? That's not useless information, I guess.

They have very strong incentives (ie earning money and building a career and having patients) to pretend to be certain. People don't want to pay for honest but vague guesses.

I would expect consensus (or the lack thereof) is an important signaler for exposing this kind of bias?

> Lindeberg is a nutrition researcher (conducts studies, co-authors papers) coming from a medical background, which makes him just as much an expert as a nutrition researcher coming from a biochemistry background

Am I asking for too much by insisting on a nutrition researcher from a biochemistry ba...(read more)