Quickies: Does Tylenol Work?, Does Smiling Still Make People Happy?, and What Is This Chef Hiding?
- Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here’s what the evidence says. – “So I was surprised when I found out there’s a huge gap between how pain researchers think about this drug and how the public does. More specifically, every researcher I contacted for this piece said some variation of what Andrew Moore, a pain researcher at Oxford University, told me: Tylenol doesn’t actually work that well for pain. To be more exact, ‘I can’t imagine why anybody would take acetaminophen,’ he said.”
- Sad Face – (This article goes into recent research providing evidence against the “smiling makes you happy” hypothesis.) “Then on March 21, Fritz Strack, the psychologist in Wurzburg, sent a message to the guys. ‘Don’t get me wrong,’ he wrote, ‘but I am not a particularly religious person and I am always disturbed if people are divided into “believers” and “nonbelievers.” ‘ In science, he added, ‘the quality of arguments and their empirical examination should be the basis of discourse.’ So if the skeptics wanted something to examine—a test case to stand in for all of social-psych research—then let them try his work.”
- The Most Exclusive Restaurant in America – This is an excellent piece about a talented chef and the lengths he goes through to build up a mythology around his food. And most people just take what he says at face value, except for this reporter who actually checks out his claims. It’s a long one but worth it–stick through to the end!
- The 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick stands up to racial injustice by sitting during the national anthem – ” ‘I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,’ Kaepernick told the NFL after the game. ‘To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.’ “
- Why aren’t the presidential candidates being asked about science? – “Flash forward eight years to Democratic and Republican debates that were each held within a week of 195 countries signing the Paris climate accords: Not a single journalist in either debate asked the candidates about climate change.”
- Our National Love Affair With ‘Pokemon Go’ Might Be Short-Lived – “Fewer people are playing the game than after its release in the heady days of early July, when it seemed like all we could talk about was people finding corpses just as often as they found a Snorlax. That may be because the game can be somewhat tedious after the initial thrill; or because its creators tweaked the way to find nearby pokemon, and in doing so miffed some users; or because certain apps that make the game easier are now banned.”