Author Archives: BrainiYak

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© 2014 Peter Free BrainiYak has been under automated spam attacks, from apparently multiple sources, for the last few weeks I have changed settings. A few legitimate subscribers may have been inadvertently deleted My apologies, if you are one of these. You should have no trouble re-subscribing. I very much appreciate your patience.

Matrix model says that demographic momentum will keep the world on course to a worse resource-stretching situation in 2100 — even if we miraculously implement a 1 child policy — and/or kill off 2 billion people Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Corey J. A. Bradshaw and Barry W. Brook, Human population reduction is not a quick fix for environmental problems, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [PNAS], DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1410465111 (online before print, 27 October 2014) Citation — to press release Robyn Mills, Reducing population is no environmental […]

Computer epidemiology model suggests that ebola epidemic is about to become arguably uncontrollable in Liberia — Meanwhile, the international “community” continues to lollygag Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Joseph A Lewnard, Martial L Ndeffo Mbah, Jorge A Alfaro-Murillo, Frederick L Altice, Luke Bawo, Tolbert G Nyenswah, and Alison P Galvani, Dynamics and control of Ebola virus transmission in Montserrado, Liberia: a mathematical modelling analysis, Lancet Infectious Diseases, DOI:10.1016/S1473-3099(14)70995-8 (early online publication, 24 October 2014) Citation […]

The other guy is always a rat — a study of the apparently innate “attribution” bias that underlies intractable social and political conflict Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Adam Waytz, Liane L. Young, and Jeremy Ginges, Motive attribution asymmetry for love vs. hate drives intractable conflict, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [PNAS], DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1414146111 (online before print, 20 October 2014) If we are self-aware, we have to admit that we are psychologically inclined […]

Study claims that trivial and poorly supported graphs and formulas — when added to a supposedly scientific report — enhance the public’s belief that a medication works — But the study itself is so ineptly communicated that one wonders why anyone would pay attention to it Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Aner Tal and Brian Wansink, Blinded with science: Trivial graphs and formulas increase ad persuasiveness and belief in product efficacy, Public Understanding of Science, DOI: 10.1177/0963662514549688 (online before print, 15 October 2014) Citation — to press release Cornell University, Blinded by non-science: Trivial scientific information increases trust […]