I – Why Hillary Lost The Candidate Although I’m sure it pains many to hear it, the key reason Clinton lost was simply that she was a weak candidate. Weaker, perhaps, than any other candidate in modern memory – aside Continue reading A Postmortem on the Election of 2016
The following is my keynote address to the high school research science program at the Spring Conference of the Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians in April 2016: Your presence here indicates more than a passing interest in math and science, and you have demonstrated Continue reading The Paradox of Consensus (Keynote Address)
I stumbled across an interesting proposal by aptly-named resource-management specialist Matt Frost to stave off global warming; the basic approach is to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by – wait for it – buying coal. The basic logic of the Continue reading Stop CO2, Buy Coal?
The political Left in the US – especially Bernie Sanders – has done an excellent job framing capitalism as mere corporatism, and socialism as democracy. In this worldview, to favor capitalism is to oppose democracy. Of course, each of these Continue reading Corporations and Democracy
Yesterday’s Internet firestorm is the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed, a high school freshman in Irving, Texas. His crime? Making a clock that school authorities feared might be perceived as a bomb by what could only be described as a willfully Continue reading What About The Delinquents?
Today’s “big headline” is the cost of Presidential contender Bernie Sanders’ policy proposals, estimated by the Wall Street Journal at about $18 trillion over 10 years – enough to increase Federal spending from 20% of GDP to 30% within one Continue reading The Burden of Spending
The standard “argument from authority” fallacy is the claim “X is true because Authority A says it is”. Of course, it may be possible for X to be true and for Authority A to affirm its truth, but the two Continue reading Humility, Induction, and Logical Fallacies
I recently encountered an ever-so-slightly dated proposal by Robert Shiller to introduce equity into public finance. The sales pitch begins: Corporations raise money by issuing both debt and equity, the latter giving investors an implicit share in future profits. Governments Continue reading The Devil’s Trill
Statistics. Everyone loves them, especially in the policy arena. And why not? In the pragmatic world, the measure of any policy is simply “what works”, and statistics are how we identify problem areas and measure improvements. It’d be wholly irresponsible Continue reading Lies, Damned Lies, and…
More than a few people have asked how one learns to write well. (I flatter myself in imagining myself competent to offer advice on the matter.) The glib answer – for this and most other things – is merely “practice”. Continue reading (One) Philosophy of Writing