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2018’s Most Popular Posts

The "Key Posts" link at the top of my blog lists all important posts through the end of 2016. Along with "2017's Most Popular Posts," this is intended as a complement to that list. (Also, my most popular storified Twitter discussions are here, and you can see other recent posts by clicking on the Archive link at the top of my blog.) I put links to the most popular posts from 2018 below into four groups: popular new posts in 2018 on diet and health, popular new posts in 2018 on other topics, and popular older posts in those two categories.I am no stranger to bragging; however, I give statistics not to brag, but because I am a data hound. I

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The "Key Posts" link at the top of my blog lists all important posts through the end of 2016. Along with "2017's Most Popular Posts," this is intended as a complement to that list. (Also, my most popular storified Twitter discussions are here, and you can see other recent posts by clicking on the Archive link at the top of my blog.) I put links to the most popular posts from 2018 below into four groups: popular new posts in 2018 on diet and health, popular new posts in 2018 on other topics, and popular older posts in those two categories.

I am no stranger to bragging; however, I give statistics not to brag, but because I am a data hound. I would love to see corresponding statistics from other blogs that I follow! The numbers shown are pageviews in the first six months of 2018 according to Google Analytics. In that period, I had 313,231 pageviews total, of which 42,241 were pageviews for my blog homepage. 

New Posts in 2018 on Diet and Health

  1. How Fasting Can Starve Cancer Cells, While Leaving Normal Cells Unharmed  7034

  2. Why a Low-Insulin-Index Diet Isn't Exactly a 'Lowcarb' Diet  5707

  3. What Steven Gundry's Book 'The Plant Paradox' Adds to the Principles of a Low-Insulin-Index Diet 3038

  4. Stop Counting Calories; It's the Clock that Counts  4825

  5. The Case Against Sugar: Stephan Guyenet vs. Gary Taubes  2594

  6. Using the Glycemic Index as a Supplement to the Insulin Index  2469

  7. Intense Dark Chocolate: A Review  2065

  8. Vindicating Gary Taubes: A Smackdown of Seth Yoder 1428

  9. Is Milk OK?  1374

  10. 4 Propositions on Weight Loss 1281

  11. Why You Should Worry about Cancer Promotion by Diet as Much as You Worry about Cancer Initiation by Carcinogens  1180

  12. The Case Against the Case Against Sugar: Seth Yoder vs. Gary Taubes  1028

  13. Exorcising the Devil in the Milk 1016

  14. Which Is Worse for You: Sugar or Fat?  851

  15. My Giant Salad  774

  16. Our Delusions about 'Healthy' Snacks—Nuts to That!  772

  17. Letting Go of Sugar 703

  18. Carola Binder—Why You Should Get More Vitamin D: The Recommended Daily Allowance for Vitamin D Was Underestimated Due to Statistical Illiteracy  703

  19. A Barycentric Autobiography 702

  20. The Problem with Processed Food  700

  21. Diseases of Civilization  550

  22. My Annual Anti-Cancer Fast 516

  23. Best Health Guide: 10 Surprising Changes When You Quit Sugar 483

  24. How Sugar, Too Much Protein, Inflammation and Injury Could Drive Epigenetic Cellular Evolution Toward Cancer  398

  25. Good News! Cancer Cells are Metabolically Handicapped  374

  26. Hints for Healthy Eating from the Nurse's Health Study  372

  27. Carola Binder: The Obesity Code and Economists as General Practitioners 347

  28. A Conversation with David Brazel on Obesity Research  332

  29. Which Nonsugar Sweeteners are OK? An Insulin-Index Perspective 324

  30. The Trouble with Most Psychological Approaches to Weight Loss: They Assume the Biology is Obvious, When It Isn't 323

  31. Yes, Sugar is Really Bad for You 297

  32. The Heavy Non-Health Consequences of Heaviness  245

  33. Jason Fung's Single Best Weight Loss Tip: Don't Eat All the Time 241

  34. Gary Taubes Makes His Case to Nick Gillespie: How Big Sugar and a Misguided Government Wrecked the American Diet  241

  35. Eating on the Road 241

  36. Magic Bullets vs. Multifaceted Interventions for Economic Stimulus, Economic Development and Weight Loss  212

  37. Against Sugar: The Messenger and the Message 210

  38. Anthony Komaroff: The Microbiome and Risk for Obesity and Diabetes 206

  39. In Praise of Avocados 193

  40. Evidence that Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain 188

New Posts in 2018 on Other Topics

  1. Economist Twitter Stars 4978

  2. The Social Contract According to John Locke  4820

  3. On Teaching and Learning Macroeconomics  2906

  4. 2018 First Half's Most Popular Posts 2587

  5. John Locke: Freedom is Life; Slavery Can Be Justified Only as a Reprieve from Deserved Death  2285

  6. On the Achilles Heel of John Locke's Second Treatise: Slavery and Land Ownership  1226

  7. Must All Economics Papers Be Doorstoppers? 1059

  8. Gabriela D'Souza on Failure in Learning Math  988

  9. Marriage—Not for the Faint of Heart 930

  10. John Locke: The Purpose of Law Is Freedom  890

  11. John Locke on Legitimate Political Power  759

  12. William Strauss and Neil Howe's American Prophecy in 'The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny' 678

  13. The Most Effective Memory Methods are Difficult—and That's Why They Work 606

  14. Noah Smith—The Replication Crisis in Economics: Even After Downloading the Same Data, Economists Don't Get the Same Answer 571

  15. The Shards of My Heart  566

  16. John Locke Against Natural Hierarchy 549

  17. John Locke and the Share of Land  530

  18. Freedom Under Law Means All Are Subject to the Same Laws 504

  19. John Locke's Argument for Majority Rule 501

  20. Cousin Causality  407

  21. Critical Reading: Apprentice Level 400

  22. New Mormon Prophet Russell Nelson Shakes Things Up 386

  23. 2017's Most Popular Posts  377

  24. My Organized-Tweet Stories, In Order of Popularity, in Their Flight from a Dying Storify to the Haven of Wakelet  375

  25. On Perfectionism 348

  26. Gauti Eggertsson, Ragnar Juelsrud and Ella Getz Wold: Are Negative Nominal Interest Rates Expansionary?  340

  27. Martin Feldstein Shows Too Little Imagination about How to Tame the US National Debt  340

  28. A Conversation with Clint Folsom, Mayor of Superior, Colorado 332

  29. Tushar Kundu: Pulling America Back Together 329

  30. Robert Barro: Tax Reform Will Pay Growth Dividends 329

  31. On Rob Porter 327

  32. On Being a Good Guy 317

  33. Math Learning for Kids Who Have a Tough Time  307

  34. Christian Kimball: Revelation and Satan 306

  35. The Economist: Improvements in Productivity Need to Be Accommodated by Monetary Policy  296

  36. The Partitioned Matrix Inversion Formula  286

  37. John Locke Explains 'Lord of the Flies'  284

  38. Charles Murray on Taking Religion Seriously  281

  39. John Locke's Smackdown of Robert Filmer: Being a Father Doesn't Make Any Man a King 280

  40. Greg Ip: A Decade After Bear’s Collapse, the Seeds of Instability Are Germinating Again  270

  41. Most of the Gender Wage Gap Stems from Inequality in the Household, Inequality in the Culture, and Hostile Workplaces  269

  42. Why We Want More Jobs  267

  43. Netflix as an Example of Clay Christensen's 'Disruptive Innovation' 262

  44. Chris Kimball: Having a Prophet in the Family  261

  45. Why America Needs Marvin Goodfriend on the Federal Reserve Board  238

  46. John Ioannidis, T. D. Stanley and Hristos Doucouliagos: The Power of Bias in Economics Research 225

  47. Why Donald Trump's Support Among Republicans Has Solidified 224

  48. Noah Smith: Nurture Counts as Much as Nature in Success 218

  49. Less is More in Mormon Church Meetings 215

  50. The Real Test of the December 2017 Tax Reform Will Be Its Long-Run Effects  210

  51. Relative Price Changes, 1997-2017  209

  52. On Guilt by Association 207

  53. Miles Kimball, Time Traveler: Regrets and Gratitude 203

  54. Sam Brown and Miles Kimball on Teleotheism  197

  55. False Advertising for College is Pretty Much the Norm 195

  56. John Locke: Government by the Consent of the Governed Often Began Out of Respect for Someone Trusted to Govern 195

  57. John Locke: The Law of Nature Requires Maturity to Discern  194

  58. Eric Weinstein: Genius Is Not the Same Thing as Excellence 188

  59. The Metaphor of a Nation as a Family 186

  60. Tropozoics  179

  61. John Locke: Thinking of Mothers and Fathers On a Par Undercuts a Misleading Autocratic Metaphor  179

  62. Post under construction: data below here in this sublist is still only for the first half of the year.

  63. Alexander Trentin Interviews Miles Kimball on Next Generation Monetary Policy 138

  64. Martin A. Schwartz: The Willingness to Feel Stupid Is the Key to Scientific Progress 132

  65. Ricardo Hausman: Tacit Knowledge Is a Key Component of Productivity; That Means Prosperity Depends on Allowing Skilled Immigration--Especially into Poor Countries 124

  66. Glenn Hubbard on National Debt Ethics 116

  67. The Argument that We Are Likely to Be Living Inside of a Computer Simulation 115

  68. David Holland on the Mormon Church During the February 3, 2008–January 2, 2018 Monson Administration 105

  69. Shane Phillips: Housing and Transportation Costs Have Become a Growing American Burden 92

  70. Economists' Open Letter Open Letter to President Trump and Congress Against Protectionism 91

Older Posts with Continuing Popularity on Diet and Health

  1. Forget Calorie Counting; It's the Insulin Index, Stupid  18808

  2. Obesity Is Always and Everywhere an Insulin Phenomenon  4181

  3. Five Books That Have Changed My Life  2857

  4. Key Posts 2507

  5. The Keto Food Pyramid  1518

  6. Whole Milk Is Healthy; Skim Milk Less So  1353

  7. Jason Fung: Dietary Fat is Innocent of the Charges Leveled Against It  868

  8. Meat Is Amazingly Nutritious—But Is It Amazingly Nutritious for Cancer Cells, Too?  801

  9. Salt Is Not the Nutritional Evil It Is Made Out to Be  464

  10. Sugar as a Slow Poison  383

  11. Mass In/Mass Out: A Satire of Calories In/Calories Out  235

  12. How Sugar Makes People Hangry 184

Older Posts with Continuing Popularity on Other Topics

  1. John Stuart Mill's Brief for Freedom of Speech 8015

  2. There's One Key Difference Between Kids Who Excel at Math and Those Who Don't  (with Noah Smith) 3086

  3. The Logarithmic Harmony of Percent Changes and Growth Rates  2954

  4. Five Books That Have Changed My Life  2857

  5. There Is No Such Thing as Decreasing Returns to Scale 2666

  6. William Graham Sumner, Social Darwinist  2638

  7. The 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism 1922

  8. On John Locke's Labor Theory of Property  1918

  9. Joshua Foer on Deliberate Practice  1783

  10. How and Why to Eliminate the Zero Lower Bound: A Reader’s Guide  1767

  11. The Complete Guide to Getting into an Economics PhD Program (with Noah Smith) 1730

  12. The Medium-Run Natural Interest Rate and the Short-Run Natural Interest Rate  1725

  13. Monetary vs. Fiscal Policy: Expansionary Monetary Policy Does Not Raise the Budget Deficit  1661

  14. John Stuart Mill on Freedom from Religion  1553

  15. Why I Write  1454

  16. Why Taxes are Bad  1404

  17. John Locke on Punishment  1360

  18. John Stuart Mill’s Vigorous Advocacy of Education Vouchers  1336

  19. The Message of Mormonism for Atheists Who Want to Stay Atheists  1267

  20. John Locke's State of Nature and State of War  1128

  21. John Stuart Mill’s Defense of Freedom  1113

  22. Government Purchases vs. Government Spending  1077

  23. Daniel Coyle on Deliberate Practice  928

  24. Shane Parrish on Deliberate Practice  902

  25. How to Turn Every Child into a "Math Person"  881

  26. Next Generation Monetary Policy  866

  27. The Descent—and the Divine Calling—of the Modernists  806

  28. Ezequiel Tortorelli: The Trouble with Argentina 804

  29. On Master's Programs in Economics  767

  30. An Agnostic Prayer for Strength  716

  31. What is a Supply-Side Liberal?  691

  32. Robert Shiller: Against the Efficient Markets Theory  682

  33. What is the Effective Lower Bound on Interest Rates Made Of?  679

  34. John Locke on the Equality of Humans  637

  35. John Stuart Mill's Brief for Individuality 597

  36. Roger Farmer and Miles Kimball on the Value of Sovereign Wealth Funds for Economic Stabilization  586

  37. John Stuart Mill on Balancing Christian Morality with the Wisdom of the Greeks and Romans  563

  38. Economics Needs to Tackle All of the Big Questions in the Social Sciences  529

  39. Returns to Scale and Imperfect Competition in Market Equilibrium 510

  40. John Stuart Mill: In Praise of Eccentricity  500

  41. The Volcker Shock  499

  42. The Shape of Production: Charles Cobb's and Paul Douglas's Boon to Economics  480

  43. Noah Smith: You Are Already in the Afterlife  473

  44. Peter Conti-Brown's Takedown of Danielle DiMartino Booth's Book "Fed Up: An Insider's Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America"  471

  45. Sticky Prices vs. Sticky Wages: A Debate Between Miles Kimball and Matthew Rognlie  459

  46. John Locke: People Must Not Be Judges in Their Own Cases  459

  47. Japan's Move Toward a Sovereign Wealth Fund Policy  447

  48. Cognitive Economics  446

  49. The Message of “Sal Tlay Ka Siti”  445

  50. John Stuart Mill: In the Parent-Child Relationship, It is the Children that Have Rights, Not the Parents  438

  51. John Stuart Mill on Freedom of Thought  431

  52. The Unavoidability of Faith  408

  53. John Stuart Mill: Two Maxims for Liberty 404

  54. An Experiment with Equality of Outcome: The Case of Jamestown 403

  55. Let's Set Half a Percent as the Standard for Statistical Significance  396

  56. The Extensive Margin: How to Simultaneously Raise Quality and Lower Tuition at Elite Public Universities 389

  57. Two Types of Knowledge: Human Capital and Information  389

  58. Expansionist India  386

  59. Matthew Shapiro, Martha Bailey and Tilman Borgers on the Economics Job Market Rumors Website  384

  60. Nicholas Kristof: "Where Sweatshops are a Dream"  380

  61. Franklin Roosevelt on the Second Industrial Revolution  375

  62. Why I Am Not a Neoliberal  364

  63. John Stuart Mill’s Brief for the Limits of the Authority of Society over the Individual  361

  64. Miles Kimball - Google Scholar Citations  358

  65. John Stuart Mill on Public and Private Actions  355

  66. Paul Krugman on John Taylor and Admitting Error 339

  67. International Finance: A Primer  335

  68. John Locke Treats the Bible as an Authority on Slavery  332

  69. The Coming Transformation of Education: Degrees Won’t Matter Anymore, Skills Will  329

  70. John Stuart Mill Applies the Principles of Liberty  327

  71. John Stuart Mill on the Role of Custom in Human Life  321

  72. Greg Shill: Does the Fed Have the Legal Authority to Buy Equities?  313

  73. Michael Weisbach: Posters on Finance Job Rumors Need to Clean Up Their Act, Too  312

  74. Bret Stephens and Paul Krugman: What Should a Correction Look Like in the Digital Era? 311

  75. The Deep Magic of Money and the Deeper Magic of the Supply Side  309

  76. John Stuart Mill on the Chief Interest of the History of Mankind: The Love of Liberty and Improvement vs. Custom  309

  77. How Albert Einstein Became a Celebrity  305

  78. On Having a Thesis  296

  79. Silvio Gesell's Plan for Negative Nominal Interest Rates  293

  80. John Locke: When the Police and Courts Can't or Won't Take Care of Things, People Have the Right to Take the Law Into Their Own Hands 277

  81. Why GDP Can Grow Forever 274

  82. How Subordinating Paper Currency to Electronic Money Can End Recessions and End Inflation  273

  83. Heroes of Science Action Figures  270

  84. John Stuart Mill on Freedom of Contract  267

  85. Jeff Smith: More on Getting into an Economics PhD Program  266

  86. Miles Moves to the University of Colorado Boulder  258

  87. Noah Smith: Why Do Americans Like Jews and Dislike Mormons?  258

  88. Will Women Ever Get the Mormon Priesthood?  257

  89. Can Taxes Raise GDP?  257

  90. 18 Misconceptions about Eliminating the Zero Lower Bound  245

  91. John Stuart Mill on Benevolent Dictators  239

  92. Why Scott Fullwiler Misses the Point in ‘Why Negative Nominal Interest Rates Miss the Point’ 238

  93. Democracy is Not Freedom 237

  94. The Wall Street Journal's Quality-Control Failure: Bret Stephens's Misleading Use of Nominal Income in His Editorial ‘Obama's Envy Problem’ 234

  95. My Objective Function  233

  96. John Stuart Mill on the Protection of ‘Noble Lies’ from Criticism 232

  97. Karthik Muralidharan, Abhijeet Singh, and Alejandro J. Ganimian: Disrupting Education? Experimental Evidence on Technology-Aided Instruction in India  228

  98. Teleotheism and the Purpose of Life  223

  99. David Byrne: De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum 223

  100. Restoring American Growth: The Video  222

  101. On the Great Recession  220

  102. Rodney Stark: Historians Ought to Count—But Often Don’t  219

  103. Discounting Government Projects 219

  104. Rodney Stark on the Status of Women in Early Christianity  219

  105. Contra John Taylor  214

  106. Electronic Money: The Powerpoint File  213

  107. After Crunching Reinhart and Rogoff's Data, We Found No Evidence High Debt Slows Growth 213

  108. Social Liberty 210

  109. Higher Inflation Is Not the Answer 206

  110. Why I Am Not a Physicist  206

  111. One of the Biggest Threats to America's Future Has the Easiest Fix (with Noah Smith)  199

  112. Marriage 102 195

  113. Noah Smith: Sunni Islam is Failing 195

  114. Why I am a Macroeconomist: Increasing Returns and Unemployment  194

  115. Noah Smith: Buddha Was Wrong About Desire 194

  116. My Dad  192

  117. Christian Kimball on the Fallibility of Mormon Leaders and on Gay Marriage 191

  118. Marriage 101  189

  119. In Praise of Partial Equilibrium 188

  120. Even Central Bankers Need Lessons on the Transmission Mechanism for Negative Interest Rates  188

  121. Human Beings as Social—and Trading—Animals 188

  122. Brio in Blog Posts  186

  123. Clay Christensen, Jerome Grossman and Jason Hwang on the Agenda for the Transformation of Health Care 185

  124. John Stuart Mill on the Historical Origins of Liberty 184

  125. Barbara Oakley: How We Should Be Teaching Math 182

  126. John Stuart Mill on Rising Above Mediocrity 181

  127. An Agnostic Grace 180

  128. How I Became Optimistic  179

  129. How the Original Sin of Borrowing in a Foreign Currency Can Reduce the Effectiveness of Monetary Policy for Both the Borrowing and Lending Country 178

  130. How Conservative Mormon America Avoided the Fate of Conservative White America177

  131. John Stuart Mill’s Roadmap for Freedom  176

  132. The Costs and Benefits of Repealing the Zero Lower Bound...and Then Lowering the Long-Run Inflation Target  174

  133. Post under construction: data below here in this sublist is still only for the first half of the year.

  134. Freedom Under Law Means All Are Subject to the Same Laws 151

  135. Is Taxing Capital OK? 130

  136. Janet Adamy and Paul Overberg on Immobility in America 129

  137. How Increasing Retirement Saving Could Give America More Balanced Trade 126

  138. Alexander Trentin Interviews Miles Kimball about Establishing an International Capital Flow Framework 126

  139. Electronic Money: The Quiz 123

  140. The Swiss National Bank May Need to Cut Its Target Rate Further Now That It Could Get In Trouble with the US If It Keeps Buying So Many Foreign Assets 118

  141. An Underappreciated Power of a Central Bank: Determining the Relative Prices between the Various Forms of Money Under Its Jurisdiction 113

  142. John Locke Pretends Land Ownership Goes Back to the Original Peopling of the Planet 112

  143. Student Guest Posts on 110

  144. How the Romans Made a Large Territory 'Rome' 104

  145. Building Up With Grace 101

  146. Why Thinking about China is the Key to a Free World 99

  147. Matt Waite: How I Faced My Fears and Learned to Be Good at Math 95

  148. Jordan B. Peterson on the True Purpose of a University Education 93

  149. Robert Eisler—Stable Money: The Remedy for the Economic World Crisis 93

  150. Miles Kimball, Colter Mitchell, Arland Thornton and Linda Young-Demarco—Empirics on the Origins of Preferences: The Case of College Major and Religiosity 92

  151. America's Big Monetary Policy Mistake: How Negative Interest Rates Could Have Stopped the Great Recession in Its Tracks 92

  152. The Supply and Demand for Paper Currency When Interest Rates Are Negative 88

  153. The Government and the Mob 88

Miles Kimball
Miles Kimball is Professor of Economics and Survey Research at the University of Michigan. Politically, Miles is an independent who grew up in an apolitical family. He holds many strong opinions—open to revision in response to cogent arguments—that do not line up neatly with either the Republican or Democratic Party.

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