Archive for Deep Thoughts

Deep Thoughts on Hoax Publications

Please do not misinterpret this blog post. I totally get THAT the revelations about a round of hoax publications are hilarious and serve to discredit the journals/disciplines involved. But I want to think more about WHY they have this effect. The quickest way to get my perspective across is to use a thought experiment. Consider […]

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Our Culture’s Touching Faith in Science

I am not saying that sarcastically. I mean every bit of that title literally. First, our culture has (non-scientific, which is not the same as unscientific) faith in science. And second, I find it touching. My recent Twitter commentary on (physicist) Brian Greene motivated this post: I’m guessing many of you read Greene’s post and want to […]

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Two Oopsies in Scott Adams’ Posts

I still enjoy checking in on Scott Adams (the Dilbert creator) to see his rival narrative concerning Trump. (Here’s a good example.) However, I often find Adams carelessly pontificating on things when I suspect he isn’t nearly committed to the principle as his writing suggests. The best recent example is his post, “How to Evaluate […]

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Gene Callahan on Non-Human Actors

In a post criticizing methodological individualism, Gene writes (and then quotes): A plain fact that methodological individualism will block us from seeing or accepting: “The facts authorize us — no, they oblige us! — to say that Islam as such, Islam understood as a meaningful whole, is in motion, that it strives and struggles, in a […]

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Nobody Actually Wants “Equality” Between the Sexes

Tyler Cowen links to a paper in which the authors write: The Nordic countries are the most gender equal nations in the world, but at the same time, they also have a disproportionately high rate of intimate partner violence against women. This is perplexing because logically violence against women would be expected to drop as […]

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My Son: 2,047

So I was at a Waffle House with my son (age 11) and he was telling me about his idea for a new game, based on the Nintendo Mike Tyson’s Punch Out! First, you’d go through and fight each of the 11 opponents (from the original game) one at a time, ending with Tyson. But […]

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What Would History Look Like to Prove the Scaremongers Right?

David R. Henderson links to a 2009 Freeman article from Todd Zywicki that has the following: The headlines are alarming. The New York Times panicked that Americans are “Running in Debt” and just a few years later warned that Americans were “Borrowing Trouble.” Business Week asked, “Is the Country Swamped with Debt?” and U.S. News […]

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An Essay for Single Christian Men

I am an economist, and so this essay may seem totally out of the blue. However, I have noticed certain patterns in the dating arena over the years, and I think some of my observations may enlighten. I am targeting this essay to single, heterosexual Christian men, especially those who are frustrated with the opposite […]

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