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!
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.”