Today, from his siter Amy, via his blog, came the message that Seth Roberts has passed away. My condolences to his family and friends.
I never met him, only had a few exchanges with him on this and his blog. Generally, I felt he went to far in his criticism of standard approaches, and put too much weight on low-quality evidence. But, as long as I knew of his work - and I certainly include his blogging here - I valued him as an original, unusual, and stimulating thinker. I believe that once the great weight gain in affluent countries ca. 1970-present is better understood, his learning theory of the set point will be a large part of the explanation.
Here are posts in which I discuss Seths work (some of them quite critical):
- "Seth Roberts coins a new term"
- "The Best of Both Worlds"
- "That's Not the Fast Lane to Stockholm"
- "Problems with Evidence-based Medicine"
- "The Long and Winding Post"
- "Original Medical Opinion of the Day"
- "Effect Size=Holy Crap!"
- "Do Rising Gas Prices Decrease Obesity?"
- "Appreciative Thinking and Cross-sectional Studies"
Two of his posts made it onto my year-end "Best Blogposts of..." lists: