I've been waiting for someone to tackle this subject in a thoughtful way in the wake of the Jonah Lehrer dust up (and now Fareed Zakaria too). This is the best thing I've read on the subject of "nonfiction" since the Lehrer "scandal."
@Printersanonymous article states that they removed those with alcohol addiction and saw the same results
@zidaane what could possibly go wrong?
@Dave Bry Yup, sounds about right for me, too
@hockeymom not me though, not me.
@jfruh or, more to the point, I think: we are using that computational brute force to correlate patterns we don't understand to results we want.
@BadUncle true - can't say it's not natural - and it probably is. But I think hostility toward those that would ask if it isn't natural is misplaced. We need to understand that we're affecting our environment a lot more than we think we are. If The Economist can admit as much (a conservative rag if there ever was one) we all should be able to.
@saythatscool I already blamed haiti on ron paul and his insistence on returning to the gold standard
@deepomega not sure why you're so hostile to the notion that man can alter his environment. It's pretty simple idea. you drill deep down into the earth and start pumping water down there to loosen millions of tons of shit locked there from billions of years of geological buildup, shit's gonna come loose - just as you intended it too. http://www.earthworksaction.org/fracturingearthquakes.cfm
@deepomega it actually is. fracking causes earthquakes.