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David Dobbs writes features and essays for publications including The New York Times, National Geographic, Slate, Wired.com, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. Several of his stories have been chosen for leading science anthologies; most recently, his much-discussed feature for the Atlantic, "The Orchid Children," was selected by Jerome Groopman for Ecco/HarperPerennial's Best American Science Writing 2010. He is now writing a book, working title ...

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Open-Science Geeks Invite Obama Onto Roller Coaster

wired.com — The open-science movement, having exploded over the last year in its efforts to make science work more collaboratively and flow more openly to the public. I wrote earlier here about the extensive nature of the problem and what the open-science movement was doing (and needed to do) to push their agenda.

There are rants and there are rants. This here is a rant.

daviddobbs.net — As Jezebel notes elsewhere, this bomb-throwing freelancer revenge rant burns bridges with admirable abandon. Been a while since I've read one quite so fun and strange. It's a tough trick to write this, for instance: We left Paris and went to the south of France to write the piece that I had promised would be 10,000 words.

Failure Is Moving Science Forward | FiveThirtyEight

daviddobbs.net — Psychology, biomedicine and numerous other fields of science have fallen into a crisis of confidence recently, after seminal findings could not be replicated in subsequent studies. These widespread problems with reproducibility underscore a problem that I discussed here last year - namely, that science is really, really hard.

You Call This Thing Adaptive? Yep: Behold the Teen Brain

wired.com — Ever since the late 1990s, when researchers discovered that the human brain takes into our mid-20s to fully develop - far longer than previously thought - the teen brain has been getting a bad rap.

How Charles Darwin Seduced Asa Gray

wired.com — The history of science lives. Today it came to life over at the Atlantic, which just posted a key document in the fight over Darwin's theory of evolution: a review of Darwin's Origin of Species by Harvard botanist Asa Gray, which originally ran in the Atlantic in July 1860.

Brooke Borel’s strange story about Kevin Folta interviewing himself, among other (mis)adventures

daviddobbs.net — The Kevin Folta/Monsanto/Right-to-Know/COI variety show and bazaar just got even more bizarre. Brilliant reporting and writing here from Brooke Borel.

Ernest Hemingway, Clutterbug - The New Yorker

daviddobbs.net — "Like his father, he saved every totem that touched his hand." "Hemingway was someone who felt the talismanic power of objects, of things, of the materiality of experience," Declan Kiely, who is a young and genial Englishman with Irish roots, said when I visited "Between Two Wars."

How Many Suicides Happened Because of Paxil's Misleading Safety Study?

theatlantic.com — A reexamination of old data for Paxil found that the antidepressant is more dangerous than the authors let on. How much harm has been done in the 14 years since it was published?

Paxil shown unsafe for teens, drugmaker congratulates self for sharing damning data it hid for years

daviddobbs.net — In 2001, a group of researchers published a study showing that Paxil, one of the first big SSRI antidepressants, was safe and effective for teens. Sales surged; over 2 million prescriptions were written for children and teens in 2002 alone.

Roberta Payne on the art of schizophrenia

daviddobbs.net — Roberta Payne, author of the superb memoir Speaking to My Madness, did the cover art on the current issue of Schizophrenia Bulletin. The issue also runs an essay she wrote about "schizophrenic art." I once drew on poster-size paper a gracefully diagonal, writhing black eel. So far, conventional structure that any artist might have planned.
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Apr 30, 2016

RT @WiringTheBrain: .@anandgururajan @ConversationUK Along with scientists themselves and the people who write press releases!

Apr 30, 2016

RT @grahamfarmelo: Princeton professor presents his CV as a list of failures: bit.ly/1YX4BQ9

Apr 29, 2016

@jareddiamond 73% of his first pitches were off-speed. Papi did his homework. To be fair, this is a battery problem. (COI: I heart Papi.)

Apr 29, 2016

RT @nxthompson: Prisons--often evil ones--have become America's dominant mental health institutions. bit.ly/1WvqzdR

Apr 28, 2016

RT @nxthompson: "We prayed that he was dead." Part 7 in @ev_rat's crazy serialized "The Mastermind." mastermind.atavist.com/the-next-big-d…

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