2018 First Half's Most Popular Posts

Note: this post has now been superseded by “2018's Most Popular Posts” at this link here.

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 the first half of 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 129,326 pageviews total, with 21,651 pageviews on my blog homepage. 

New Posts in 2018 on Diet and Health

  1. Stop Counting Calories; It's the Clock that Counts 2838

  2. The Case Against Sugar: Stephan Guyenet vs. Gary Taubes 1844

  3. Intense Dark Chocolate: A Review 1003

  4. Why a Low-Insulin-Index Diet Isn't Exactly a 'Lowcarb' Diet 892

  5. The Case Against the Case Against Sugar: Seth Yoder vs. Gary Taubes 806

  6. How Fasting Can Starve Cancer Cells, While Leaving Normal Cells Unharmed 798

  7. Is Milk OK? 645

  8. Which Is Worse for You: Sugar or Fat? 573

  9. Carola Binder—Why You Should Get More Vitamin D: The Recommended Daily Allowance for Vitamin D Was Underestimated Due to Statistical Illiteracy 558

  10. A Barycentric Autobiography 428

  11. The Problem with Processed Food 389

  12. Carola Binder: The Obesity Code and Economists as General Practitioners 307

  13. My Giant Salad 300

  14. Why You Should Worry about Cancer Promotion by Diet as Much as You Worry about Cancer Initiation by Carcinogens 292

  15. Hints for Healthy Eating from the Nurse's Health Study 283

  16. Using the Glycemic Index as a Supplement to the Insulin Index 269

  17. A Conversation with David Brazel on Obesity Research 260

  18. Diseases of Civilization 253

  19. How Sugar, Too Much Protein, Inflammation and Injury Could Drive Epigenetic Cellular Evolution Toward Cancer 232

  20. The Heavy Non-Health Consequences of Heaviness 202

  21. Our Delusions about 'Healthy' Snacks—Nuts to That! 173

  22. Gary Taubes Makes His Case to Nick Gillespie: How Big Sugar and a Misguided Government Wrecked the American Diet 148

  23. Magic Bullets vs. Multifaceted Interventions for Economic Stimulus, Economic Development and Weight Loss 139

  24. Good News! Cancer Cells are Metabolically Handicapped 138

New Posts in 2018 on Other Topics

  1. On Teaching and Learning Macroeconomics 1758

  2. Marriage—Not for the Faint of Heart 815

  3. The Shards of My Heart 454

  4. Gabriela D'Souza on Failure in Learning Math 441

  5. John Locke: Freedom is Life; Slavery Can Be Justified Only as a Reprieve from Deserved Death 429

  6. On the Achilles Heel of John Locke's Second Treatise: Slavery and Land Ownership 410

  7. Cousin Causality 346

  8. John Locke and the Share of Land 343

  9. John Locke: The Purpose of Law Is Freedom 328

  10. Martin Feldstein Shows Too Little Imagination about How to Tame the US National Debt 316

  11. On Rob Porter 310

  12. On Being a Good Guy 306

  13. Robert Barro: Tax Reform Will Pay Growth Dividends 305

  14. On Perfectionism 305

  15. My Organized-Tweet Stories, In Order of Popularity, in Their Flight from a Dying Storify to the Haven of Wakelet 300

  16. Math Learning for Kids Who Have a Tough Time 296

  17. Gauti Eggertsson, Ragnar Juelsrud and Ella Getz Wold: Are Negative Nominal Interest Rates Expansionary? 288

  18. Critical Reading: Apprentice Level 280

  19. Greg Ip: A Decade After Bear’s Collapse, the Seeds of Instability Are Germinating Again 264

  20. 2017's Most Popular Posts 262

  21. John Locke on Legitimate Political Power 260

  22. Most of the Gender Wage Gap Stems from Inequality in the Household, Inequality in the Culture, and Hostile Workplaces 257

  23. The Economist: Improvements in Productivity Need to Be Accommodated by Monetary Policy 257

  24. The Partitioned Matrix Inversion Formula 251

  25. Why We Want More Jobs 229

  26. The Real Test of the December 2017 Tax Reform Will Be Its Long-Run Effect 200

  27. Charles Murray on Taking Religion Seriously 191

  28. Why America Needs Marvin Goodfriend on the Federal Reserve Board 176

  29. Chris Kimball: Having a Prophet in the Family 147

  30. The Social Contract According to John Locke 147

  31. Tropozoics 141

  32. John Locke: Thinking of Mothers and Fathers On a Par Undercuts a Misleading Autocratic Metaphor 140

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

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

  35. John Locke: The Law of Nature Requires Maturity to Discern 125

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

  37. Sam Brown and Miles Kimball on Teleotheism 122

  38. Glenn Hubbard on National Debt Ethics 116

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

  40. John Locke Explains 'Lord of the Flies' 108

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

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

  43. Relative Price Changes, 1997-2017 91

  44. 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 4300

  2. Obesity Is Always and Everywhere an Insulin Phenomenon 2217

  3. Five Books That Have Changed My Life 1251

  4. The Keto Food Pyramid 471

  5. Jason Fung: Dietary Fat is Innocent of the Charges Leveled Against It 374

  6. Meat Is Amazingly Nutritious—But Is It Amazingly Nutritious for Cancer Cells, Too? 249

  7. Whole Milk Is Healthy; Skim Milk Less So 239

  8. Salt Is Not the Nutritional Evil It Is Made Out to Be 171

  9. Sugar as a Slow Poison 166

  10. Mass In/Mass Out: A Satire of Calories In/Calories Out 93

Older Posts with Continuing Popularity on Other Topics

  1. John Stuart Mill's Brief for Freedom of Speech 4209

  2. William Graham Sumner, Social Darwinist 1563

  3. The Logarithmic Harmony of Percent Changes and Growth Rates 1542

  4. The Medium-Run Natural Interest Rate and the Short-Run Natural Interest Rate 985

  5. The Complete Guide to Getting into an Economics PhD Program (with Noah Smith) 917

  6. Why Taxes are Bad 899

  7. Joshua Foer on Deliberate Practice 892

  8. Monetary vs. Fiscal Policy: Expansionary Monetary Policy Does Not Raise the Budget Deficit 873

  9. Why I Write 807

  10. John Stuart Mill on Freedom from Religion 780

  11. On John Locke's Labor Theory of Property 710

  12. John Stuart Mill’s Vigorous Advocacy of Education Vouchers 652

  13. Ezequiel Tortorelli: The Trouble with Argentina 641

  14. Government Purchases vs. Government Spending 628

  15. John Stuart Mill’s Defense of Freedom 588

  16. How and Why to Eliminate the Zero Lower Bound: A Reader’s Guide 577

  17. There's One Key Difference Between Kids Who Excel at Math and Those Who Don't (with Noah Smith) 577

  18. The Message of Mormonism for Atheists Who Want to Stay Atheists 538

  19. The Descent—and the Divine Calling—of the Modernists 457

  20. There Is No Such Thing as Decreasing Returns to Scale 451

  21. Shane Parrish on Deliberate Practice 435

  22. Daniel Coyle on Deliberate Practice 434

  23. What is a Supply-Side Liberal? 409

  24. John Stuart Mill's Brief for Individuality 409

  25. On Master's Programs in Economics 385

  26. John Locke on Punishment 384

  27. What is the Effective Lower Bound on Interest Rates Made Of? 383

  28. John Locke's State of Nature and State of War 367

  29. An Agnostic Prayer for Strength 361

  30. Robert Shiller: Against the Efficient Markets Theory 342

  31. Japan's Move Toward a Sovereign Wealth Fund Policy 337

  32. John Stuart Mill on Balancing Christian Morality with the Wisdom of the Greeks and Romans 283

  33. How to Turn Every Child into a "Math Person" 280

  34. The Shape of Production: Charles Cobb's and Paul Douglas's Boon to Economics 266

  35. John Stuart Mill: In Praise of Eccentricity 246

  36. Nicholas Kristof: "Where Sweatshops are a Dream" 241

  37. Cognitive Economics 230

  38. John Stuart Mill on Freedom of Thought 228

  39. Matthew Shapiro, Martha Bailey and Tilman Borgers on the Economics Job Market Rumors Website 225

  40. The Volcker Shock 220

  41. John Stuart Mill: In the Parent-Child Relationship, It is the Children that Have Rights, Not the Parents 218

  42. Why I Am Not a Neoliberal 214

  43. Miles Kimball - Google Scholar Citations 211

  44. Roger Farmer and Miles Kimball on the Value of Sovereign Wealth Funds for Economic Stabilization 209

  45. Jeff Smith: More on Getting into an Economics PhD Program 199

  46. Silvio Gesell's Plan for Negative Nominal Interest Rates 197

  47. The Unavoidability of Faith 190

  48. Karthik Muralidharan, Abhijeet Singh, and Alejandro J. Ganimian: Disrupting Education? Experimental Evidence on Technology-Aided Instruction in India 189

  49. The Deep Magic of Money and the Deeper Magic of the Supply Side 189

  50. Franklin Roosevelt on the Second Industrial Revolution 187

  51. John Locke on the Equality of Humans 184

  52. Can Taxes Raise GDP? 183

  53. John Locke: People Must Not Be Judges in Their Own Cases 178

  54. On Having a Thesis 177

  55. How Subordinating Paper Currency to Electronic Money Can End Recessions and End Inflation 173

  56. John Stuart Mill on the Role of Custom in Human Life 173

  57. International Finance: A Primer 169

  58. John Stuart Mill’s Brief for the Limits of the Authority of Society over the Individual 167

  59. Restoring American Growth: The Video 167

  60. Expansionist India 166

  61. Let's Set Half a Percent as the Standard for Statistical Significance 165

  62. Brio in Blog Posts 164

  63. Greg Shill: Does the Fed Have the Legal Authority to Buy Equities? 163

  64. Contra John Taylor 163

  65. Marriage 101 159

  66. Noah Smith: You Are Already in the Afterlife 157

  67. The Message of “Sal Tlay Ka Siti” 157

  68. John Stuart Mill Applies the Principles of Liberty 156

  69. 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" 151

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

  71. John Locke Treats the Bible as an Authority on Slavery 150

  72. Marriage 102 149

  73. 18 Misconceptions about Eliminating the Zero Lower Bound 148

  74. Sticky Prices vs. Sticky Wages: A Debate Between Miles Kimball and Matthew Rognlie 148

  75. The Costs and Benefits of Repealing the Zero Lower Bound...and Then Lowering the Long-Run Inflation Target 148

  76. My Objective Function 140

  77. Why I Am Not a Physicist 139

  78. The Coming Transformation of Education: Degrees Won’t Matter Anymore, Skills Will 137

  79. John Stuart Mill on Benevolent Dictators 134

  80. John Stuart Mill on the Chief Interest of the History of Mankind: The Love of Liberty and Improvement vs. Custom 134

  81. Economics Needs to Tackle All of the Big Questions in the Social Sciences 133

  82. Electronic Money: The Powerpoint File 131

  83. John Stuart Mill on Freedom of Contract 130

  84. Is Taxing Capital OK? 130

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

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

  87. Michael Weisbach: Posters on Finance Job Rumors Need to Clean Up Their Act, Too 126

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

  89. Heroes of Science Action Figures 125

  90. Electronic Money: The Quiz 123

  91. 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

  92. John Stuart Mill on Public and Private Actions 115

  93. Even Central Bankers Need Lessons on the Transmission Mechanism for Negative Interest Rates 115

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

  95. Rodney Stark: Historians Ought to Count—But Often Don’t 112

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

  97. How Albert Einstein Became a Celebrity 112

  98. Noah Smith: Why Do Americans Like Jews and Dislike Mormons? 112

  99. Student Guest Posts on supplysideliberal.com 110

  100. Will Women Ever Get the Mormon Priesthood? 109

  101. My Dad 107

  102. Miles Moves to the University of Colorado Boulder 105

  103. How I Became Optimistic 105

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

  105. John Stuart Mill’s Roadmap for Freedom 104

  106. Teleotheism and the Purpose of Life 104

  107. Next Generation Monetary Policy 103

  108. In Praise of Partial Equilibrium 102

  109. Building Up With Grace 101

  110. Rodney Stark on the Status of Women in Early Christianity 101

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

  112. One of the Biggest Threats to America's Future Has the Easiest Fix 99

  113. On the Great Recession 98

  114. Why I am a Macroeconomist: Increasing Returns and Unemployment 96

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

  116. Two Types of Knowledge: Human Capital and Information 94

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

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

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

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

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

  122. The Government and the Mob 88