Jet Lag; Virginity Pledges; Lab Grown Meat
July 9, 2005
I'm painfully aware that I've not wrapped up, even in my own mind, my trip to Korea. Let me tell you, jet lag is for real. My sleep has been disturbed all week and there has been plenty to distract me from spending more than a few minutes on the computer in the evening. But I promise I'll soon finish that story.
In the meantime, read Sex and Significance: How the Heritage Foundation cooked the books on virginity from Slate. A careful explanation of how the Heritage Foundation, one of the "premier" think tanks in D.C., misused statistics (that is, used them in a fashion counter to the agreed standards used everywhere, including their own work) to attempt to show that virginity pledges in teenagers correlate to a lower frequency of sexually transmitted diseases. It is a useful lesson in statistics and in some of the important factors in the life-or-death issue of how to teach sex ed in America and abroad.
Also read Fighting Global Warming With Lab-Grown Meat. Title says it all.