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IQ, Intelligence and Hypocrisy

Razib’s recent post on IQ at Gene Expression contained a particularly poignant passage that I thought I should quote: Of course, there is “believe,” and then there is believe. The same people who don’t believe in intelligence are proud of their GRE scores, convinced that Republicans and religious people have lower IQ’s, and outraged when […]

The Painted Veil

I watched the Painted Veil again tonight. I’m always amazed by the quality of the story and the dialogue: while I understand that it’s an adaptation of a classic novel, I am nevertheless continually astonished that such a good movie should ever have been released. There is just such a wealth of wonderful points about […]

Chimpanzee Prostitution?

Chimpanzee prostitution, anyone?

The Demise of the Republican Party?

According to Pew, only 28% of voters now call themselves Republicans. It seems sad to me that the enormous incompetence of the Republican Party over the past eight years seems to be leaving us temporarily with a one party system. While it seems clear that the Republicans deserve their fate, I worry about the absence […]

Marriage and Happiness

The Pew Research Center just published a piece reviewing their finding that people who are married report significantly greater levels of happiness than those who are unmarried. I always enjoy this result, particularly because of contemporary Western culture’s uneasy relationship with the institution of marriage. What I would really like to see, though, is a […]

J. P. Morgan vs. Chrysler

I’m glad to see that J. P. Morgan is fighting for the liquidation of Chrysler. As far as I can see, Chrysler has been among the walking dead for decades. It was, after all, bailed out once before, a few years before I was even born. Indeed, Chrysler’s terrible historical performance is so notable that […]

Bob Mould

I am incredibly glad to have found out tonight that Bob Mould, the guitarist for the classic punk band Hüsker Dü, is writing pop rock songs and touring in support of a new record. The picture he has of himself on his Myspace page is enough to make me believe in rock music again.