I recently finished reading Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. The book is like most Gladwell books. It has a central thesis, and then interweaves studies and anecdotes to make the case. In this one, the thesis is fairly obvious: sometimes things we think of as disadvantages have hidden… Continue reading The Infinite Cycle of Gladwell’s David and Goliath
I thought I'd write this post so it's on the record. Here's five predictions for the Trump presidency. These are merely things he's been telling us he will do. I hope I eat my words in four years. The number of uninsured will skyrocket. He has said he will repeal the Affordable Care Act on… Continue reading Five Predictions for a Trump Presidency
Everyone thinks they have a good intuition for the economics of insurance because of their high school free market economics classes. But is that how it really works?
Today we're going to look at the prose of J. M. Coetzee. He is a South African writer and is known for his controversial topics. His 1980 work Waiting for the Barbarians is about a town magistrate that takes on disturbing power by preying on the fears of the people about an incumbent attack by… Continue reading Examining Pro’s Prose Part 11
I was going to call this post something inflammatory like #CylonLivesMatter but decided against it. Today will be a thought experiment to clarify some confusion over whether apparent bias is real bias based on aggregate data. I'll unpack all that with a very simple example. Let's suppose we have a region, say a county, and… Continue reading Confounding Variables and Apparent Bias
This post will probably be a mess. I listen to lots of podcasts while running and exercising. There was a strange confluence of topics that seemed to hit all at once from several unrelated places. Sam Harris interviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson, and they talked a little about recognizing alien intelligence and the rabbit hole of… Continue reading The Ethics of True Knowledge
It's been over a year since mob rule started taking over who is allowed to speak on college campuses. These types of things have obviously been going on longer than the most recent prominent cases, but the visibility seems to have brought us to a turning point. Angry students have learned that the administration will… Continue reading When Should Campuses Shut Down Debate?