Category Archives: Law & Society

Quote of the day

(A teacher in a sorcery school is giving an impromptu lecture:) “Each of you may live a long time; each of you is of significant strength. You could do good, if you could judge all the consequences of what you … Continue reading

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I stumbled across some whiners on Twitter today who hate their country so muchhate Hillary Clinton so much that they would rather have their vote not count at all, or worse, throw the election to Donald Trump, rather than vote … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: One of many things wrong with the Internet industry

This has been making the rounds of, yes, social media — at least among the lefty circles I move in — and will appear soon in the paper New York Review of Books: [MIT psychologist Sherry] Turkle argues against using … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Fred Vultee on the usual suspects

Wayne State journalism prof. Fred Vultee is always good for a line when it comes to the depraved weasels at Fox News: Outrage appears to have a lot more to do with who you are than with the scale of … Continue reading

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Computing apportionment for the U.S. House of Representatives

Several months ago, I started a really simple project to compute Congressional apportionment, using the method defined in current law, with the intent of considering several different scenarios. I haven’t really had time to work on this since then, but … Continue reading

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It’s snowing again where I live. I wonder where they’re going to put it all? Every time I start to wonder why Boston deals with the snow so poorly, and think about how we had more snow when I was … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Dan Davies on “microfoundations of macroeconomics”

In the “Bull Market” collection on Medium, Dan Davies writes: The actual investment decision is carried out by a corporate manager. He wants to maximise his own income, so he is going to do what he thinks will generate a … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Tal Yarkoni on peer review

In a footnote to a recent blog post, Tal Yarkoni writes: On a tangential note, this is why traditional pre-publication peer review isn’t very effective, and is in dire need of replacement. Meta-analytic estimates put the inter-reviewer reliability across fields … Continue reading

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Content warning: potentially NSFW for some values of W. Today on my commute I listened to a great podcast episode from CBC Radio 1’s Ideas called “Not with the Eyes” (MP3 audio). In this episode, Ideas producer Philip Coulter moderates … Continue reading

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A not-quite-response to Jean Yang’s response to “Comment 171”

Last month, MIT Computer Science professor Scott Aaronson (disclaimer: a colleague, although as he’s a theoretician, not one I interact with very much) wrote a thoughtful blog post about MIT’s response to the allegations of misconduct against former Physics professor … Continue reading

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