FREAK-est Links

  1. Six female scientists who didn’t get their due.
  2. Why kids in France don’t get ADHD.
  3. When averages don’t tell the story: the U.S. has many of the world’s brightest students, and also a lot of low-scoring students.
  4. Reverse colonialism: high unemployment at home drives Spanish youth to Latin America.
  5. The psychology of hoarding.
  6. Americans, especially younger ones, are driving less.
  7. A review of 4,000 abstracts on global warming. (HT: Eric M. Jones)
  8. LinkedIn bans prostitutes from promoting themselves on the site.

Dave Hodgkinson

Ah yes, France, that country that treats autistic children with electric shocks:


Interesting contrast, here we treat ADHD with drugs, there they treat it with behavioral therapy.

Here, we treat autism with behavioral therapy, there they resort to barbaric methods of treatment.


Why not just treat ADHD with both? Behavioral therapy first, then drugs? Especially in kids, where there is more volatility in behavior it makes sense to see if there are underlying reasons for acting the way they do, and treat if confirmed?


In #7 John Cook's analysis of abstracts regarding global warming seems to be rife with misrepresentations of the papers positions. However, an excellent example of how grand numbers (4,000) and a journal publication need to be taken with a grain of salt. (Example, Richard Tol, "Cook survey included 10 of my 122 eligible papers. 5/10 were rated incorrectly. 4/5 were rated as endorse rather than neutral.". Source: his twitter account)

Joe D

France, where instead of diagnosing boys who act out in class with ADHD, they divert them into "career training."