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  1. Feb 2016
    1. This calculation does not make sense to me. Besides assuming purely linear relations between cigarettes sales and population deaths, as well as between PM2.5 particles and population deaths, it also seems to imply the absurd assumption that every member of the population smokes the same amount of cigarettes. If they would take into account that only a quarter of the population they used smokes at all (seems about right), their resulting number of 36 would become 8 instead (and this does not even take into account that not all smokers smoke the same amount). Either I missed something, or this is just a completely meaningless calculation covered up by a smart-looking explanation.

  2. Jun 2015
    1. Gilbert, Tafarodi and Malone's paper was entitled "You Can't Not Believe Everything You Read". This suggests —to say the very least—that we should be more careful when we expose ourselves to unreliable information, especially if we're doing something else at the time. Be careful when you glance at that newspaper in the supermarket.

      I wonder if this accounts for the bad design of pseudoscience publications.