I love Brust’s novels, but I usually find his philosophizing to be unpersuasive. Every once in a while, though, he drops a gem. I think his point here is indeed disputable (there is a difference between falsifiable in principle and falsifiable at the moment), but I also think that there is more philosophy in science than some would like to think. We still call them Ph.D.s for a reason.
I know science–both the discoveries and method of–are important to me. I know that I believe we ought to deduce natural laws from the facts, as opposed to imposing them on the facts. I know tha.…..
The level to which opponents of same‐sex marriage are misunderstood (and thereby misrepresented) on this issue (and a host of others) is staggering.
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How have I not heard of this? This seems like a basic fact to know.
…the surprising truth is that from the start of his presidency Mr Obama has planned a steep decrease in discretionary spending as a share of national income. Each year he has put a budget on the table…
Unexpected (at least by me).
Location matters for online education: most students enroll in institutions within 100 miles from home. The link is here, the source is here.
This is crazy awesome rambling/musing. I could read Scott Adams all day.
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I am pleased by this finding, although I would not have predicted it.
Rasmussen finds local religious institutions rank first (54%), making local charities and recreational groups (12%) a distant second.
Fascinating. 3.5 percent of adult Americans identify at LGBT of one stripe or another, but the density is three times greater in the District of Columbia. In fact, D.C. has a density twice as great as the next entry on the list. I bet there’s an engrossing backstory which explains this distribution.
It isn’t even close. Ten percent of adult residents in Washington, D.C. identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, according to a groundbreaking new Gallup study that for the first time has e…
This is a fascinating interview. Several bits stood out to me. I mention two here:
“Joe Nocera at the Times runs a daily tally of gun killings. He’s not running a daily tally of how many people defend themselves with guns. For one thing we don’t know about it most of the time. David Hemenway at Harvard is very pro gun‐control and he thinks it happens about 80,000 times a year. If that’s true, that means that guns are saving 10 times as many people as they’re killing.”
“We have this impulse in the U.S. to do something. We have no national church, so the only way we can express our public morality is to say there ought to be a law. It’s antithetical to the American can‐do character to say there are certain things we just can’t do much about.”
For the record, I am not a “gun guy.”
The author of a new book tries to reconcile his personal politics with his fondness for firearms.
This is an interesting argument. I need to think about it more.
Austerity is the result of countries’ democratic decisions to wait until the last minute before acting, under the pressure of the markets, mainly by raising taxes rather than implementing long‐waited …
I sometimes feel I could listen to Penn all day. In this clip he makes a great point: many American Catholics are actually Protestants unwilling to act on their convictions.
“I think I may be somebody who believes in the Pope’s position more than most Catholics. I really take people at their word. And it seems like all of the cynicism and all of the — who are we going to…