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The Auto Industry Fiasco

The government bailout of the auto industry just keeps getting worse: we’ve got the government rewriting car warranties now.

Genetics, Families and Romantic Love

Bryan Caplan recently put up a great post describing the take away lessons he thinks behavioral genetics offers to parents and singles: The practical lesson of behavioral genetics for parents, in my view, is to stop trying so hard to change your kids. The practical lesson of Rowe’s evidence for singles, in contrast, seems to […]

Evading Gratitude

We refuse to accept any gifts from those we dislike, for fear that gratitude will change our opinion of them.

Performance Pay and Wage Inequality

There is a very interesting paper in the February 2009 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics on “Performance Pay and Wage Inequality”. It’s fascinating to think that 21% of the rise in wage inequality since 1980 might be attributable to increased use of performance pay schemes.

American Immigration Trends

The New York Times has a beautiful visualization of immigration trends in the United States since 1880. I highly recommend spending a few minutes playing with the interactive display.

Rethinking the American Dream

It was freedom from want, not freedom to want -— a world away from the idea that the patriotic thing to do in tough times is go shopping.1 Kamp’s essay is very good, though there are implicit assumptions about the continuity of intentions and consequences that I find troubling. Vanity Fair : David Kamp : […]

iPhone 3.0 and the End of Jott

For me, one of the best features of the upcoming iPhone 3.0 software is the ability to record voice messages for myself. This will totally replace Jott, which I decided a month or two ago to abandon after their recent — and asinine — decision to only offer voice recording to paying customers. When it […]

Become Who You Are

One of the most remarkable observations from twins studies is that the role of genetics in shaping many traits grows with time rather than diminishes. I have always been fascinated by this: thinking about it now, as I am reading J. Settle, C. T. Dawes and J. H. Fowler’s paper, “The Heritability of Partisan Attachment”, […]

The ISS Surpasses Venus

I think there’s something beautiful about the International Space Station becoming the brightest object in the night sky after the Moon.

Oklahoma vs. The Catholic Church

It’s sad how easy it can be to catalog American democracy’s faults. As a case study, consider that the Oklahoma state government was just recently working to prevent Richard Dawkins from speaking at the University of Oklahoma because his public statements on the theory of evolution demonstrate an intolerance for cultural diversity and diversity of […]