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Is The Universe Conscious?

I’ve been doing some reading lately about the role of consciousness in the Universe. Now up is Beyond Biocentrism, by Robert Lanza, one of the world’s most famous scientists. Lanza’s premise is that life is not merely an accidental outcome of a meaningless Universe. Instead, life — and consciousness, are an integral component of the Universe. …

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Using Evidence To Do The Most Good: The Effective Altruism Global Conference

Effective Altruism (EA) is an emerging movement based on a simple idea: that we ought to use reason and evidence to do the most good in the world. This summer I had the opportunity to attend the EA Global conference in Berkeley, which brought together people from the realms of philosophy, international health and development, research methods, nonprofit management, …

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Are Randomly Controlled Trials Really The “Gold Standard” For Evidence?

Back from vacation and still metabolizing the caloric tsunami that swept through our house over the holidays.  Now that the fruit cake and egg nog safely out of site, it’s time to get our heads back into deep thoughts about research methods. Today we turn our attention to randomly controlled trials, or RCTs.  An RCT …

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