1. Progress on combating malaria in Africa. Via Scott Alexander.
2. Also from Scott Alexander: a careful look at the data on gun ownership and homicide rates. And a follow up here.
3. Neurologist Steven Novella explains some of the practical applications of Bayes' theorem.
4. The paradox of unanimity: when unanimous support for a hypothesis is evidence of bias.
5. "His dissertation was so strong that when he showed up before the evaluating committee, which included such luminaries as E. O. Wilson and Ernst Mayr, they skipped the charade of making him defend it and simply offered their congratulations."
6. Steven Pinker on the most misused words in English. (Pairs well with his earlier piece on alleged rules of writing that are actually superstitions. And more here and here.)
7. The new cultural criticism: a profile of the Los Angeles Review of Books.
8. The existence of different learning styles is a myth.