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Under the Consequences of Their Actions

El político práctico perece bajo las consecuencias de las teorías que desdeña.1 Considering the state of our economy in light of the scorn that politicians show for the opinions of economists, Gomez Davila’s claim could not seem more true these days. Nicolás Gómez Dávila : Escolios a un texto implícito : Tomo I↩

Strange Weather Changes and Global Warming

Strange Weather Changes and Global Warming

Today it snowed in Princeton. This alone strikes me as odd, because I can remember very few Octobers in which it has snowed in New Jersey. What strikes me as far more bizarre is that it snowed today and yet it was nearly 70 degrees Fahrenheit only two days ago. In general, I often wonder […]

What's the Matter with Sweden?

What’s the Matter with Sweden?

I was quite amazed by this graph, which I saw on Swivel today. The graph implies that there has been a very considerable increase in the number of crimes over the last sixty years of Swedish history. The increase was so great that I was skeptical at first. “The population of Sweden,” I thought, “must […]

Fear is Your Only God

Are you unsure if depressions are at least partly caused by a self-propagating group fear response? Maybe this piece of spam I just got will help to change your mind: WACHOVIA CORPORATION NOTICE. Citigroup announced a buyout of Wachovia brokered by the FDIC. All Wachovia bank locations will be in the Citigroup merger to prevent […]

I Want to Be in a White Minority

Steven Pinker has given us all yet another reason to think highly of him: he’s one of ten people who’ve put their entire genome online in an attempt to push science forward amid growing fears about personal privacy and genetic discrimination. I, for one, am tempted to join the cause — whatever the risks may […]

Skepticism is Worth It

Skepticism is Worth It

Being a Gene Expression reader, I’ve wanted to start playing with the GSS (General Social Survey) data for some time. This past week, I finally started to do just that. Taking advantage of the freely available downloads of GSS data in SPSS format and R’s “foreign” library for reading in SPSS data, I’ve found a […]

The Hollowest of Laws

In case this article hadn’t convinced you that the TSA is a waste of taxpayers’ money, maybe this article will help. Not only is the TSA pointless: it’s filled with crooks who use its irrational regulations as a cover for their own greed.

Empiricism and Philosophy

Every year, I come to agree more and more with this passage from “The Gay Science”: Truthfulness.– I favor any skepsis to which I may reply: “Let us try it!” But I no longer wish to hear anything of all those things and questions that do not permit any experiment. This is the limit of […]

In Praise of Firefox 3.1

As part of my current strategy for delaying my return to the ongoing growing pains of learning probability theory, I just installed the most recent best of Firefox 3.1. Its speed really is amazing, so I would recommend it to anyone who can afford to risk having their browser crash once in a while. It […]

No One Ever Beats Vegas

It occurred to me today that the reason I find attempts to “beat Vegas” so odd is that I am nearly certain that, if you are smart enough to actually beat Vegas and yet you are not spending your time trying to beat Wall Street instead, you must be stupid. Consider this my proof by […]