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Noise: Noisier Than We Think
2022-01-15 14:29
The word “noise” has a special meaning in fields like statistics. Referring to all the reasons why some result deviates from the ideal; like an incorrect prediction. It’s t… Read More
Trumpism And Religion: God Help Us
2022-01-11 14:28
Nobody is a better advertisement for atheism than Trump. A man many evangelicals view, despite all his demerits, as God’s instrument for achieving their triumph. That’s how… Read More
Call Me Fishmeal
2022-01-08 22:19
Half listening to the radio — some environment report — I heard the word “fishmeal.” And my brain popped out, “Call me Fishmeal.” For my readers from… Read More
America’s Catilinarians
2022-01-05 14:25
The Catilinarian Conspiracy was a notorious episode in Roman history. Rome’s (probably mythical) founding king, in 753 BC, was Romulus — who with his brother Remus had been… Read More
Don’t Look Up!
2022-01-01 14:58
Kate, a grad student working with astronomer Randall, discovers a new comet. Will hit Earth in six months. Twice as big as the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. That’s the s… Read More
What Are America’s Global Interests?
2021-12-28 14:12
After their December 7 video call, President Biden said Putin got the message “loud and clear” that invading Ukraine (again) would incur a big price. The actual message: th… Read More
Supreme Court Follies #2: Guns
2021-12-23 21:46
The Supreme Court’s 1857 Dred Scott decision said no Black person can have any rights. That set a high bar for decisional badness. But today’s court seems determined to clear… Read More
Supreme Court Follies #1: Abortion
2021-12-19 21:14
I use the word “follies” not in the fun sense, but as the plural of “folly.” The Supreme Court is plunging headlong toward great follies, as if calculated to shred pu… Read More
Idiocracy
2021-12-11 14:07
As someone vaunting human reason, the 2006 comedy film Idiocracy haunts me. It starts with an upscale couple — intelligent, educated, thoughtful — agonizing about whether to h… Read More

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