Planet Rationalist

April 20, 2014

Grey Matters: Blog

Leapfrog Division II

A little over a year ago, I wrote up my Leapfrog Division post. It's about time for a modification! The original technique showed you how to work out the decimal equivalent for fractions whose denominators end in 9. In today's post, you'll learn a similar technique for denominators ending in 1. Before learning this technique, you do want to be very comfortable working with the original Leapfrog

by Pi Guy at Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:30 Instapaperify

Peter McGraw

What are the funniest cities in the United States?

picThe Humor Code teamed up with the Humor Research Lab to answer perhaps our most controversial question yet:

What are the funniest cities in United States?

The HuRL team, led by Adrian Ward and Caleb Warren, created the Humor Algorithm (HA) to rank the 50 funniest cities in America – the most comprehensive analysis of humorous cities ever attempted.

This is not a joke. The New York Times covered it.

Click here to check out the report and the cool infographic (downloads available).

 

 

The post What are the funniest cities in the United States? appeared first on Peter McGraw.

by Peter McGraw at Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:16 Instapaperify

ChangingMinds Blog

Negative online reviews: the surprising effects

Sometimes poor online reviews increases sales! Here when it happens.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:00 Instapaperify

April 19, 2014

The Decision Tree

Do we need work to be happy?

Utopian novels predict a future that is safe and easy but boring.

read more

by Ben Y. Hayden, Ph.D. at Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:04 Instapaperify

Metamodern

Physics Quiz: Standard Model Answers

Last week’s Physics Quiz asked about errors in Wikipedia’s current diagram of the Standard Model.

Here’s the diagram with corrections; answers follow:

  1. What do the arcs represent?
    • The Standard Model interactions between particles: the boson-mediated strong, weak, and electromagnetic forces.
  2. Which of the arcs is incorrect? [And a question that got lost: Where is an arc is missing?]
    • The arc linking charged and uncharged leptons is spurious: It does not represent a force.
    • The arc representing the Higgs-neutrino interaction was omitted (see also #4).
  3. Extra credit, Wikipedia history department:
      How did one correction lead to both errors?
    • Neutrinos had been lumped together with the charged leptons, wrongly suggesting that all leptons interact with photons; when they were split off in the current diagram, the two classes of leptons were linked by the spurious arc, while neutrinos lost their link to the Higgs.
  4. Where is a second arc missing?
    • The Z boson interacts with other Z bosons via the weak force, paralleling interactions between W bosons; this arc is missing.

Note that the ...

by Eric Drexler at Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:44 Instapaperify

Sentient Developments

Sign Up For My New Course On Transhumanism!

From May 1 to 31, I'll be teaching an online course on transhumanism.

This course introduces the philosophy and socio-cultural movement that is transhumanism. We will survey its core ideas, history, technological requirements, potential manifestations, and ethical implications. Topics to be discussed will include the various ways humans have tried to enhance themselves throughout history, the political and social aspects of transhumanism, the technologies required to enhance humans (including cybernetics, pharmaceuticals, genetics, and nanotechnology), and the various ways humans may choose to use these technologies to modify and augment their capacities (including radical life extension, intelligence augmentation, and mind uploading). Along the way we will discuss social and ethical problems that might be posed by human enhancement.

Register here.

by George at Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:25 Instapaperify

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should KnowWe live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you'll need to navigate our future.
Back in 2007 I put together a list of terms every self-respecting futurist should be familiar with. But now, some seven years later, it's time for an update. I reached out to several futurists, asking them which terms or phrases have emerged or gained relevance since that time. These forward-looking thinkers provided me with some fascinating and provocative suggestions — some familiar to me, others completely new, and some a refinement of earlier conceptions. Here are their submissions, including a few of my own.

1. Co-veillance

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should KnowFuturist and scifi novelist David Brin suggested this one. It's kind of a mash-up between Steve Mann's sousveillance and Jamais Cascio's Participatory Panopticon, and a furtherance of his own Transparent Society concept. Brin describes it as: "reciprocal vision and supervision ...

by George at Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:20 Instapaperify

FORA.tv - Program Feed

The Key to Finding True Love & The Family of Your Dreams

The Key to Finding True Love & The Family of Your Dreams
Whether you’re single and feeling a deep desire to start a family OR in a relationship you want to feel solid in before welcoming children, this session will give you the answer to what it takes to find and keep true love. The key that Kavita is going to reveal (it’s not anything you’ve heard before!) will open you up to the true potential you have to create the family you’ve always wanted.

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/The_Key_to_Finding_True_Love__The_Family_of_Your_Dreams







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:45 Instapaperify

Adapting to Missed Conceptions on Your Parenthood Journey

Adapting to Missed Conceptions on Your Parenthood Journey
Most young women think pregnancy will happen – sometimes even before they want it. Little thought is given to "infertility" until conception and holding a baby become seemingly impossible. Learn how these women had to adapt to having a child – just not the way they thought it would be.

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/Adapting_to_Missed_Conceptions_on_Your_Parenthood_Journey







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:42 Instapaperify

Male Infertility 101: How to Cope with Male Factor Issues

Male Infertility 101: How to Cope with Male Factor Issues
Dr. Philip Werthman, one of America's foremost experts in male fertility, shines the spotlight on an imminent danger to men's reproductive health today: Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Join Dr. Werthman and his distinguished guests, Harley Pasternak, a Celebrity Fitness Trainer,Nutritionist and New York Times Best Selling Author and Lee Reherman, a Producer, Host and Actor whose resume includes a starring role on The American Gladiators as The Hawk, for this in depth look at the alarming trend in testosterone replacement therapy, what your physician might not tell you about it (because he or she doesn't know) and the fertility risks it can pose for you and your partner when you're trying to conceive.
Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/Male_Infertility_101_How_to_Cope_with_Male_Factor_Issues







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:39 Instapaperify

Generation Cryo: Children Through Surrogacy

Generation Cryo: Children Through Surrogacy
An open discussion with children born via surrogacy about their unique beginnings.  We will also discuss their opinions on negative media regarding surrogacy and surrogate mothers such as in the documentary "Breeders."

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/Generation_Cryo_Children_Through_Surrogacy







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:38 Instapaperify

Restoring Health to Optimize Fertility

Restoring Health to Optimize Fertility
How the integration of assisted reproductive techniques and Classical Chinese medicine provide a complete and complementary approach to your reproductive health. Please join Dr. Jeffrey Nelson and Andrea Thorpe L.Ac to learn how effective this integration can be.

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/Restoring_Health_to_Optimize_Fertility







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:34 Instapaperify

Generation Cryo: Donor Siblings

Generation Cryo: Donor Siblings
This session will explore the ever-changing definition of family. Carla Lundblade leads the conversation with parents from different backgrounds who will share their personal experiences with their children’s Donor Siblings. Learn about what to expect and when is the right time to introduce your Donor Child to their Donor Siblings.

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/Generation_Cryo_Donor_Siblings







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:30 Instapaperify

Living Child-free with No Regrets

Living Child-free with No Regrets
To not have a child after trying to have a child can be painful and difficult. In this session the panelists will discuss their own process in making this choice and offer compassionate support and guidance for those who may have questions around their own decisions.

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/Living_Child-free_with_No_Regrets







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:29 Instapaperify

Single Dads by Choice

Single Dads by Choice
The "Single Dads by Choice" panel will explore the many options single fathers are taking to become proud parents. If you ever have thought it was impossible to do it on your own–think again!

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/Single_Dads_by_Choice







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:27 Instapaperify

Slate Star Codex

Plutocracy Isn’t About Money

Two political science articles I read recently have surprisingly dissonant conclusions.

Gilens and Page’s study “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens” is very interesting. You may have spotted it in the news media under any of a host of diverse titles:

The New Yorker: Is America An Oligarchy?

BBC: Study: US Is An Oligarchy, Not A Democracy.

RT: Oligarchy, Not Democracy.

Business Insider: Major Study Finds That The US Is An Oligarchy.

And my favorite, Daily Kos: Too Important For Clever Titles: Scientific Study Says We Are An Oligarchy

(the word “oligarchy” appears in the study only once, at the bottom of page six, as a reference to an alternative theory the authors do not endorse)

But RAMPANT MEDIA PLAGIARISM aside, it’s not a bad summary. The study tries to determine what factors predict whether or not a policy gets implemented in the United States. They compare popular support to elite support, where “elites” are the wealthiest ten percent, and find that elite support is a stronger predictor ...

by Scott Alexander at Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:23 Instapaperify

Overcoming Bias

The Up Side Of Down

In her new book, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success, Megan McArdle takes some time to discuss forager vs. farmer attitudes toward risk.

Forager food sources tended to be more risky and variable, while farmer food sources are more reliable. So foragers emphasized food sharing more, and a tolerate attitude toward failure to find food. In contrast, farmers shared food less and held individuals responsible more for getting their food. We’ve even seen the same people switch from one attitude to the other as they switched from foraging to farming. Today some people and places tend more toward farmer values of strict personal responsibility, while other people and places tend more toward forager forgiveness.

McArdle’s book is interesting throughout. For example, she talks about how felons on parole are dealt with much better via frequent reliable small punishments, relative to infrequent random big punishments. But when it comes to bankruptcy law, a situation where the law can’t help but wait a long time to respond ...

by Robin Hanson at Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:50 Instapaperify

Andrew Gelman

Index or indicator variables

Someone who doesn’t want his name shared (for the perhaps reasonable reason that he’ll “one day not be confused, and would rather my confusion not live on online forever”) writes:

I’m exploring HLMs and stan, using your book with Jennifer Hill as my field guide to this new territory. I think I have a generally clear grasp on the material, but wanted to be sure I haven’t gone astray.

The problem in working on involves a multi-nation survey of students, and I’m especially interested in understanding the effects of country, religion, and sex, and the interactions among those factors (using IRT to estimate individual-level ability, then estimating individual, school, and country effects).

Following the basic approach laid out in chapter 13 for such interactions between levels, I think I need to create a matrix of indicator variables for religion and sex. Elsewhere in the book, you recommend against indicator variables in favor of a single index variable.

Am I right in thinking that this is purely a matter of convenience ...

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:27 Instapaperify

Seth's Blog

Lyme Disease and Bad Medicine

I got Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic (2008) by Pamela Weintraub from the library and found something surprising: an angry foreword. Weintraub is a science journalist; the foreword is by Hillary Johnson, another science journalist and apparently a friend of Weintraub’s.

In her anger, Johnson says several things I say on this blog.

The more Weintraub investigated, the more virtually everyone with a shred of authority was losing their credibility. . . The so-called “objective” scientists were sending an entire disease down the river and over the cliff [meaning they ignored it] for reasons that seemed frequently to have more to do with mere opinion and crass external forces — cash, prestige, careerism — than with scientific erudition.

She rejected the science writer’s inbred habit of relying on the government official with the highest pay grade or the scientist with a job at Harvard as the final word on a topic. . . . I think of her, with enormous respect, as a “recovered” science journalist.

As one who also suffers from the disease I chronicled with kindred passion ...

by Seth Roberts at Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:44 Instapaperify

mathbabe

Aunt Pythia’s advice

Great to be here, and glad you came.

Please hop on the nerd advice column bus for another week of ridiculous if not damaging guidance from yours truly, Aunt Pythia.

And please, after enjoying today’s counsel to other poor, unsuspecting fools:

think of something to ask Aunt Pythia at the bottom of the page!

By the way, if you don’t know what the hell Aunt Pythia is talking about, go here for past advice columns and here for an explanation of the name Pythia.

——

Aunt Pythia,

I’m so SORRY. When I asked your opinion about conference sex the other week I thought I had pasted the link to the article: Will you still medal in the morning? It’s all about the behind the scenes sex at the Olympics.

ORR

Dear ORR,

Let me remind readers of your original question (after giving them a chance to read the article). You (thought you) gave me the link and then made the comment:

If conferences like JMM were to have bowls of condoms at ...

by Cathy O'Neil, mathbabe at Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:43 Instapaperify

Mind Hacks

Spike activity 18-04-2014

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:

Wired has a fascinating interview with psychopath researcher Kent Kiehl. He of the mobile brain scanner.

Scanning brain energy could help predict who will wake from vegetative state. Interesting piece on preliminary research covered by The Conversation

Contrary to news stories, a recent study did not tell us that smoking weed damages your brain, reports The Daily Beast.

Gay genes? Yeah, but no, well kind of… but, so what? Excellent piece from Wiring the Brain. You guys all read Wiring the Brain right?

The Association for Psychological Science has an archive of interviews with legends of psychological science. Harlow’s wire monkey, the Bobo doll, Mischel’s uneaten marshmallow…

In Search of Ourselves: A History of Psychology and the Mind. An extensive 25-part radio series on the history of psychology kicks off on Monday 21st April on BBC Radio 4.

The United Nations release a report that has everything you ever wanted to know about your chance of being murdered. Pro-tip: don’t be ...

by vaughanbell at Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:07 Instapaperify

CONTRARY BRIN

Science Fiction Media and Films -- Some hidden gems

interstellar-movieWhile we're all holding our breath for the release of films Interstellar and Transcendence… let's skim a fewer lesser-known nuggets. But first a few announcements:

1) The Smithsonian Magazine in collaboration with the UC San Diego Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Nerd Nite, Smithsonian Grand Challenges Consortia, and the Smithsonian Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation PRESENTS

THE FUTURE IS HERE: Science meets Science Fiction
Imagination, Inspiration and Invention
MAY 16-18, 2014 Washington DC

Presenters include: Patrick Stewart, David Brin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Brian Greene, Adam Steltzner, George Takei, Stewart Brand, Sara Seager, and The Mythbusters! For more information…. TICKETS ARE GOING FAST!

Smithsonian-future-is-here-2014

Culminating the first day, the mighty string theorist and science popularizer/author Brian Greene will interview me onstage.

2) Issues in Science and Technology --  a respected quarterly journal that explores the intersections of science, technology, society, and policy -- announces a science fiction contest! Winners will receive $1500. Throughout 2015, starting with the Winter volume, IST will publish one SF story per issue, on topics of ...

by David Brin at Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:39 Instapaperify

Fallacy Files

In the Mail: Emotive Language in Argumentation

The latest book by the prolific and influential Douglas Walton, in collaboration with philosopher Fabrizio Macagno, arrived today. I haven't read it yet, of course, but it appears at first glance to concern the use of loaded language--that is, words and phrases that carry an emotional charge in addition to their literal meaning. A related topic addressed is persuasive definitions, which are designed not merely to explain the meaning of a word, but also to influence or express an attitude towards that meaning, often through the use of emotionally-charged language. Emotional language, of course, plays a large role in propaganda, but also in political discussion in general, so this is an important and poorly-understood topic.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:01 Instapaperify

FORA.tv - Program Feed

A Practical Guide To Egg Donation

A Practical Guide To Egg Donation
In this session we will begin by briefly reviewing female reproduction including anatomy and hormonal regulation. The different means of assessing a woman’s ovarian reserve will be presented and followed by the most common indications for using an egg donor. We will also discuss the process of picking an egg donor and finish with an overview of the treatment of IVF itself with some statistical information.

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/A_Practical_Guide_To_Egg_Donation







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:50 Instapaperify

Elisabeth Rohm & Baby Steps: Infertility and the Journey

Elisabeth Rohm & Baby Steps: Infertility and the Journey
Monica Corcoran Harel, Journalist and Author, sit down with Elisabeth Rohm, Actress & Mother.



Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/Elisabeth_Rohm__Baby_Steps_Infertility_and_the_Journey







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:50 Instapaperify

Get Fertile: the Impact of Integrative Medicine and Diet

Get Fertile: the Impact of Integrative Medicine and Diet
Conscious Fertility – a clear distinction from wanting to get pregnant, now. Learn also from Dr. Robert Gross about the use and possible benefits of nutraceutical supplements for fertility.  This will include a discussion of various herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Ayurvedic medicine as well as western medicine.  He will focus on perceived benefits, scientific research supporting them and mechanisms of actions.  He will also discuss the role of nutrition, nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and others in fertility.

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/Get_Fertile_the_Impact_of_Integrative_Medicine_and_Diet







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:49 Instapaperify

Career and Motherhood: Finding the Balance

Career and Motherhood: Finding the Balance
Join us for an honest, in depth, real conversation on balancing motherhood and career on a daily basis.  This diverse and fabulous group of women will share and compare journeys, choices and outlooks on how they’re leading their lives — achieving balance at times — and struggling to find it at other points.   Whether you’re mother, or planning to be one, this session looks at what it means to lead a full, balanced life.

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/Career_and_Motherhood_Finding_the_Balance







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:49 Instapaperify

Fostering to Adopt

Fostering to Adopt
A panel featuring: Jamie Hebert, Producer, Actor & Adoptive Father; Alec Mapa, Actor, Comedian, Writer & Adoptive Father; Rich Valenza Founder and CEO, RaiseAChild.US


Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/Fostering_to_Adopt







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:49 Instapaperify

Keeping Sex Passionate When You're Trying to Conceive

Keeping Sex Passionate When You're Trying to Conceive
Join this dynamic panel of sexual health experts for a lively discussion on how to keep things spiced up in the bedroom while coping with the stress of trying to conceive. This raw conversation will provide couples with real tools to strengthen their relationship and improve intimacy.

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/Keeping_Sex_Passionate_When_Youre_Trying_to_Conceive







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:49 Instapaperify

Safeguarding: Fertility Preservation and Egg Freezing

Safeguarding: Fertility Preservation and Egg Freezing
Clinical advice coupled with personal egg freezing testimonials will help women distinguish fact from fiction about egg freezing. Audience members will walk away with a broad overview of egg freezing technology, timing, psycho-social factors and health implications involved in freezing eggs.

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/Safeguarding_Fertility_Preservation_and_Egg_Freezing







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:49 Instapaperify

Modern Families: Creating Legal Parentage Agreements

Modern Families: Creating Legal Parentage Agreements
This session will address the potential problems and pitfalls in creating a family through the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology for opposite and same-sex families — and the value of parentage agreements in creating clarity for all parties. This discussion-based session will focus on real life experiences of people who have used ART in this manner.

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Sproul Commons Conference Center, Fertility Planit
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/04/Modern_Families_Creating_Legal_Parentage_Agreements







Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:48 Instapaperify

Less Wrong

April 18, 2014

Lifehacker

Place a Reminder of Your Long Term Financial Goals on Your Credit Card

Place a Reminder of Your Long Term Financial Goals on Your Credit Card

Many of our tricks to save money are designed less to solve math problems and more to trick our brains. To that end, financial blog And Then We Saved suggests placing a picture or reminder of your long-term savings goals directly on your credit card to discourage frivolous purchases.

Read more...

by Eric Ravenscraft at Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:30 Instapaperify

H+ Magazine

Video Friday: Stanford Presents Will Spiritual Robots Replace Humanity by 2100? Part 1



[Editor's note: if you have trouble viewing, try: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISj1LSUP1EI]

Today's Video Friday is a special feature, the seminal Stanford symposium "Will Spiritual Robots Replace Humanity by 2100?" which occurred on on April 1, 2000.

Video of this important event has unfortunately been unavailable online until now.

Douglas Hofstader hosts a panel of eight who discuss the future of the human race and beyond. Running nearly five hours, this panel discussion includes luminaries

  • Douglas Hofstader
  • Bill Joy
  • Ray Kurzweil
  • Hans Moravec
  • John Holland
  • Kevin Kelly
  • Frank Drake
  • John Koza

Part 1, included here, runs just over an hour and a half. Parts 2 and 3 will appear over the next two weeks.

These videos are unavailable anywhere else on the Internet and are I think important. We are grateful to be able to share them with the H+ Magazine audience at this time.

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by Peter at Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:24 Instapaperify

FORA.tv - Program Feed

New Developments and Projects in the Medical Marijuana

New Developments and Projects in the Medical Marijuana
Dr. Mark L. Rabe, M.D. and Greta Crater 

Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2014 10:30:00 -0700
Location: Washington, D.C., Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Americans for Safe Access
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/06/new_developments_and_projects_in_the_medical_marijuana







Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:07 Instapaperify

Deepening the Understanding of Cannabis as a Medicine

Deepening the Understanding of Cannabis as a Medicine
In this panel speakers will discuss new exciting projects and initiatives that are deepening our understanding of cannabis as medicine.
  • Dr. Jahan Marcu, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Stephen Corn, M.D.
  • Dr. Rick Doblin, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Dominic Corva, Ph.D.

Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2014 08:30:00 -0700
Location: Washington, D.C., Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Americans for Safe Access
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/06/deepening_the_understanding_of_cannabis_as_a_medicine







Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:06 Instapaperify

Carla Hall's Comfort Foods: Recipes from Around the World

Carla Hall's Comfort Foods: Recipes from Around the World
The co-host of ABC's The Chew and "Fan Favorite" on Bravo's Top Chef All-Stars offers 130 recipes that embody the universal appeal of all kinds of comfort food in Carla's Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World. Inspired by Carla's love of family suppers and international flavors, each section of the book offers a description of a foundational recipe followed by some international variations. With an emphasis on Southern-based comfort foods reinvented Carla-style, recipes include: Chitrana Peanut-Coconut Rice, Tomato-Pepper Mahi-Mahi Stew, Salted Peanut Chocolate Pudding Tarts, and Quince Corn Cake. Carla, who lives in DC, is the owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, an artisanal cookie company that specializes in creating sweet and savory "petite bites of love." In conversation with Pati Jinich of Pati's Mexican Table.
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 03:00:00 -0700
Location: Washington, DC, Sixth & I, Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/07/Carla_Hall







Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:03 Instapaperify

CBD: The Myths and the Facts

CBD: The Myths and the Facts
CBD is a hot topic of discussion around the country. The promise of benefits from a cannabinoid without the side effects of THC has legislators, patients and medical professionals looking for more answers. This panel will explore the various claims of CBD and clarify appropriate policies moving forward.
  • Martin Lee
  • Dr. Jahan Marcu, Ph.D.
  • Dean Petkanas
  • Suzanne Sisley, M.D.
  • Eric Steenstra

Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0700
Location: Washington, D.C., Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Americans for Safe Access
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/05/cbd_the_myths_and_the_facts

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:02 Instapaperify

State of the States: What is Working for Patients

State of the States: What is Working for Patients
17 years of experimentation implementing medical cannabis laws has shown that not all medical cannabis laws are working equally for those who the laws are designed to aide and passing laws on medical cannabis is only the first step in bringing safe and legal access for patients. Advocates from around the country will share their experiences and perspectives on various medical cannabis models including new challenges and trends.
  • Matt Allen, Massachusetts
  • Kari Boiter, Washington
  • Len Goodman, New Mexico
  • Robert Jacob, California
  • Josh Kappel, Colorado
  • Tim Smale from Maine
  • Eric Sterling, Maryland

Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2014 09:45:00 -0700
Location: Washington, D.C., Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Americans for Safe Access
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/05/state_of_the_states_what_is_working_for_patients

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:01 Instapaperify

Future of Regulation and Product Safety

Future of Regulation and Product Safety
Product safety and industry standards are a new trend in regulatory schemes for medical cannabis. This panel will discuss these trends including what is happening internationally and in the US.
  • Marina Faz-Huppert
  • Jill Lamoureux
  • Mike Liszewski
  • Phillippe Lucas, M.A.
  • Kristen Nevedal
  • Amanda Reiman, Ph.D.

Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2014 08:00:00 -0700
Location: Washington, D.C., Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Americans for Safe Access
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2014/04/05/future_of_regulation_and_product_safety

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:57 Instapaperify