November 26, 2014

11:00 PM | Cornell CS at 50
Plus a long-promised discussion on diagonalization TRUST security source Dexter Kozen has been on the faculty of computer science at Cornell for almost 30 of the department’s 50 years. He first came to Cornell 40 years ago as a graduate student and finished a PhD under Juris Hartmanis in just over 2 years. He was […]

November 20, 2014

3:26 AM | Two Versus Three
The role of 2 and 3 in mathematics Electrika source Margaret Farrar was the first crossword puzzle editor for The New York Times. Ken fondly recalls seeing her name while watching his father do the daily and weekly NYT puzzles—they were under Farrar’s byline as editor until 1969 when she retired from the Times. More […]

November 16, 2014

10:41 PM | Alexander Grothendieck 1928–2014
Creating vast beautiful mansions from the becoming of nothing L’espace d’un homme film source Alexander Grothendieck, who signed his works in French “Alexandre” but otherwise kept the spelling of his German-Jewish heritage, passed away Thursday in southwestern France. Today we mourn his passing, and try to describe some of his vision. Part of the story […]

November 11, 2014

4:55 PM | Recovering from an Eating Disorder in a Society that Loves Fat Shaming (and Dieting)
Is ED recovery easier when your body is “normative or stereotypically desirable”? The anon asking the question implied that recovery could be more difficult because “an obese person … will never stop hearing hearing extremely triggering stuff about their body type.” Anon asked, “Have there been any studies on this?” Andrea tackled this question in her last post (it might be helpful to read it first if you […]

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Lebow, J., Sim, L.A. & Kransdorf, L.N. (2014). Prevalence of a History of Overweight and Obesity in Adolescents With Restrictive Eating Disorders., The Journal of Adolescent Health, PMID:

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11:11 AM | Drinking, Fast and Slow
Consider the following scenario. It’s Thursday night and you are out drinking with a couple of friends. You just got another beer when you notice that the bar closes in two minutes. You don’t have any plans for afterwards other than walking home and going to bed. What do you do? You may think “I […]The post Drinking, Fast and Slow appeared first on Kraut Science.

November 06, 2014

9:52 PM | DC Post
Discussing lower bounds for this blog’s 600th post source Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are three of the best known superheroes in DC Comics books, which were a childhood staple for many of our age. They brought us action in color before our families had color TVs. There is a new nonfiction book on Wonder […]
4:24 PM | Eating Disorder Recovery In a Non-Normative Body
Do you think it is easier for someone to recover from an ED when they have a more normative or stereotypically desirable body? Versus, say, an obese person who will never stop hearing extremely triggering stuff about their body type everywhere they turn? . . . This post was originally written in response to the above question that was posed to Tetyana on the SEDs Tumblr (you can see the full question and Tetyana’s response here). This is an interesting and timely […]

Meyer, D. (2005). Psychological Correlates of Help Seeking for Eating-Disorder Symptoms in Female College Students, Journal of College Counseling, 8 (1) 20-30. DOI: 10.1002/j.2161-1882.2005.tb00069.x

Malson, H., Riley, S. & Markula, P. (2009). Beyond psychopathology: Interrogating (dis)orders of body weight and body management, Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 19 (5) 331-335. DOI: 10.1002/casp.1019

Becker AE, Hadley Arrindell A, Perloe A, Fay K & Striegel-Moore RH (2010). A qualitative study of perceived social barriers to care for eating disorders: perspectives from ethnically diverse health care consumers., The International journal of eating disorders, 43 (7) 633-47. PMID:


November 04, 2014

5:26 PM | Why We Love Stories And What To Do About It
The Rationalists’ Journey Here is fact that you have probably never heard of, but makes sense once you think about it. Nearly all stories in human history follow the same outline. It is called the hero’s journey and looks something like this: The Ordinary World: Luke Skywalker is bored working on his uncles’ moisture farm […]The post Why We Love Stories And What To Do About It appeared first on Kraut Science.

November 02, 2014

1:04 AM | Reconstructing Gödel
What exactly was his “Philosophical Viewpoint”? Austria Forum source Kurt Gödel left a large amount of unpublished writings and notebooks and preserved correspondence. Called his Nachlass, German for “after-leavings” or bequest, these writings were catalogued and organized by several—including his first biographer, John Dawson, for a heroic two years. Those of highest scientific and general […]

October 31, 2014

4:05 PM | I Need How Many Calories? Caloric Needs in Bulimia Nervosa Patients
In the 1980s, a few studies came out suggesting that patients with bulimia nervosa (BN) require fewer calories for weight maintenance than anorexia nervosa patients (e.g., Newman, Halmi, & Marchi, 1987) and healthy female controls (e.g., Gwirtsman et al., 1989). Gwirtsman et al. (1989), after finding that patients with bulimia nervosa required few calories for weight maintenance than healthy volunteers, had these suggestions for clinicians: When bulimic patients are […]

de Zwaan, M., Aslam, Z. & Mitchell, J.E. (2002). Research on energy expenditure in individuals with eating disorders: a review., International Journal of Eating Disorders, 31 (4) 361-9. PMID:

Gwirtsman, H.E., Kaye, W.H., Obarzanek, E., George, D.T., Jimerson, D.C. & Ebert, M.H. (1989). Decreased caloric intake in normal-weight patients with bulimia: comparison with female volunteers., American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 49 (1) 86-92. PMID:

Kotler LA, Devlin MJ, Matthews DE & Walsh BT (2001). Total energy expenditure as measured by doubly-labeled water in outpatients with bulimia nervosa., International Journal of Eating Disorders, 29 (4) 470-6. PMID:


October 29, 2014

3:11 PM | What’s Wrong with Science Reporting
I’ve written before about why I am not a big fan of multitasking. In my research for that article I often came across the statement that multitasking is worse for productivity than smoking marijuana. I’d love to include that in my post. It would certainly help to make my point and grab some attention. However, […]The post What’s Wrong with Science Reporting appeared first on Kraut Science.
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